North Gem Community Development Program is a community based organization. We are situated along the Kisumu – Busia road at White House in Mutumbu market centre within Malanga sub-location, North Gem Location, Yala Division in Siaya County.
The Program is currently funded by DORCAS AID Kenya. Our work focuses on three key thematic areas of community development including:
Health (including HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Malaria control and jigger eradication);
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH);
Creating Sustainable Livelihoods.
Built into these projects are also components of disaster risk reduction (DRR), and advocacy and sponsorship for orphaned and vulnerable children in the community.
The Program is administered through Project Management Committees (PMCs) with decision-making vested in the Executive Board. Individual projects feature a full compliment of staff required to administer the daily affairs of the Program with oversight vested in the Projects Coordinator and other administrative staff.
The program currently implements the Gem Integrated Community Development Project which is organized under four departments, namely:
- Water and Sanitation
- Maternal & Neonatal Child Health
Previously, the Program implemented the WASH and HIV/AIDS as stand-alone projects. In addition to these, there was also the youth-focussed Stop Aids Now! Project and the Gem Jigger Eradication Project which have since been phased out. WASH and HIV/AIDS have since been incorporated as departments under the Integrated Community Development Project.
Integrated Community Development Project
This project focuses on the following interventions:
- Improved and sustainable food security in the target community which is achieved through training farmers, supporting them with farm inputs, dairy goats, improved breeds of chicken and to start fish farming.
- Improved income among target community households through training and establishment of self-help groups, producer groups and provision of grants.
- Improved access to safe water through construction of shallow wells, protection of springs, installation of tanks in Schools and households, sensitization of the community on safe water handling and training water committees & Artisans.
- Improved sanitation and hygiene through training community resource persons such as Teachers and Community health workers, supporting schools to install sanitation facilities, hand washing kits and supporting hygiene programs.
- Improved Maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes through training health care providers and community resource persons on (Infant and young child feeding, Maternal, Neonatal and child health, prevention Mother to child transmission & focused ante natal care. Traditional birth attendants have also been trained on income generating activities and supported to initiate them. Community out reaches on immunization of under 5 years old and pregnant mothers are also being conducted. Four health centers have already been equipped with delivery equipment. In addition, 33 men have also be trained on Maternal neonatal and child health.
- Improved access for Malaria care and prevention. This is done through Malaria awareness creation campaigns in the community and Schools, Training community health workers on Malaria prevention, purchase and distribution of long lasting Insecticide treated nets and purchase of Microscopes for selected health facilities.
ICDP places emphasis on on the following interventions:
- Awareness creation on HIV/ AIDS prevention and control in the target community.
- Care and support for the infected and affected which includes medical support, food packs, Educational support for orphans and vulnerable children, Jigger treatment ,sensitization and improved shelter.
- Lobby and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children to access treatment and bursaries from local government institutions. Training on succession, property and human rights are also conducted.
- Improved livelihoods for people living with HIV and OVC guardians. This involves provision of grants to start and expand businesses and of farm inputs to ensure better food production.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene [WASH]
The key interventions in this department include:
- Improved access to safe and sustainable clean water through provision of water tanks to Primary schools to enhance rainwater harvesting, Construction of shallow wells and protection of springs.
- This project also ensures access to improved sanitation through construction of latrines for primary schools.
- Improved hygiene behavior in which the community led total sanitation approach is used to encourage the target community to construct their own latrines using locally available materials, to put up tippy taps and to take care of their environment.
- Improved environmental care and natural resource management in this, the target community is encouraged to plant trees and to protect water catchment areas.
Maternal & Neonatal Child Health Project [MNCH]
The objectives of the department are improved maternal and child health outcomes; improved nutrition status of mothers, new-born and children under-five years by preventive actions; improved family planning uptake and sexual reproductive health outcomes; and strengthened capacity of the health-care delivery system
This is achieved through:
- Capacity building health workers.
- Support health facilities to conduct child health Interventions (immunization, IMCI and growth monitoring).
- Support health facilities to provide quality MCH, nutrition and FP services.
- Support CHWs to promote high impact nutrition interventions; Exclusive Breast feeding and optimal complementary feeding for infants, Improved hygiene practices including Hand washing.
- Train teachers at ECD centres on growth monitoring and personal hygiene.
- Support CBOs to sensitize men and women, on reproductive health rights and family planning.
- Promote access to youth-friendly reproductive health services.
- Support health facilities to plan and manage their family planning commodities stock.
- Train and equip the implementation of the community health strategy.
- Train health facility management committees.
- Advocacy actions at district, county or national level on issues related to mother and child health, nutrition and family planning, including but not limited to increased HRH availability in remote areas, salt iodisation, and food fortification.
- Support income-generating activities for CHWs.