How it works: Currently 4 of the poorest primary schools in Limuru area: Kingothua Primary School, Limuru Mission Primary School, Umoja Primary School and Riara Primary School are covered under CHEP. 4,020 school going children between the ages of 4 to 14 years old together with their families have their healthcare catered for through a medical insurance cover. The school heads are briefed on how the program works and its intention. They then communicate the information to the parents and seek their consent. Each school then provides a room where the medical services can be delivered. Our medical staff from Kimlea Clinic visit the schools on fixed days and conduct yearly check-ups for all the children, de-worm them at least 3 times a year, give vitamins, supplements and at times food to malnourished children (following up with the families in serve cases), treatment and tests as required. In addition, during the course of the year, the families can visit Kimlea Clinic for free under the same cover.
Without access to medical attention provided by CHEP, many children would continue to suffer in silence, ultimately losing their lives. With the care they receive we find that our children under CHEP are less prone to fall ill, have more energy, are more engaged at school and are generally able to be more productive. These students tend to miss school less often and are able to keep up with their studies. In addition, in the long run, the family’s general medical expenses will be kept low avoiding undue financial strain on parents. Generally, healthy kids improve the quality of life of the family unit as a whole. And finally, by continuing unabated in their education, these thousands of children are able to curve out better lives for themselves in the future.
Children's Health Program (CHEP)
Reinforcing children's health through Preventative care and Treatment
In the Tigoni area of Limuru, thousands of families live in extreme poverty. For most of these families the only work available is in the tea and coffee plantations as casual labourers. The wages received from these jobs are meagre and some workers do not even receive a daily wage. The situation is so dire that we often find a family of 8 squashed in a one-room house. Many children living in such conditions lack access to running water or decent sanitation and are prone to disease. Although these children do have access to schooling due to the government instituted free primary education, access to medical care is made difficult by the circumstances at home.
The Children’s Health Program (CHEP) brings medical care to children whose parents cannot afford healthcare at established health centres. By donating only $50 you ensure that one child is enrolled in the cover and taken care of medically for 10 years (the cover also enrols their families). The cost is only $50 because of the large number of children covered and that while some children require very little, others require more serious treatment, operations and other procedures. We believe that if a child is healthy for all those formative years, they will have a solid health foundation for their lives.
By donating only Kshs.5,000/- or $50 you ensure that one child is enrolled in the program and taken care of medically for 10 years. The cost is only $50 because of the large number of children enrolled in the program and while some children require very little, others require more serious treatment, operations and other procedures.
Join us and give these little ones the healthcare they deserve.