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Well, St. Augustine Outstation, Itooni, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Kenya

Well, St. Augustine Outstation, Itooni, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Kenya

Well, St. Augustine Outstation, Itooni, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Kenya

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

Located in southeastern Kenya with a population of approximately 1 million, Makueni County is an impoverished area of Kenya. About 70% of the population is under 30 years old, 44% under 15 years. Over 60% of the population lives in absolute poverty, 57% in food poverty. The county’s need manifests itself in other socio-economic outcomes such as poor nutrition, health, and education, as well as a lack of a ccess to basic services.

Unemployment is a major challenge in the county, especially among youth. Approximately 80% of the population is employed in rain-fed, small-scale farming and has limited opportunities in commercial ventures and public service. There is one doctor for every 23,000 inhabitants. With regard to HIV, Makueni is clustered as a medium burden, medium incidence county with prevalence slightly below the national prevalence of 6%. Annually, slightly over 50% of the population suffers a serious bout of malaria. About 15% of the population has access to piped water. Most inhabitants rely on rivers, seasonal streams, ponds, and public wells for water. Infant and under-five mortality are often connected with unclean water and dehydration due to diarrheal diseases, including cholera, and other waterborne diseases such as guinea worm, typhoid, and dysentery.

Kibwezi West with a population of about 175,000, is a semi-arid area that suffers from serious water scarcity, severe environmental degradation, chronic drought, and low agricultural productivity. Schools and health institutions in the area often close due to lack of water. Unlike many other areas in Kibwezi West, Itooni has no river, dam, or nearby water source; the area does not receive any piped water. Residents must travel several km for water or pay for tankers to transport water into the area.

The well to be drilled, which will be located on parish property, will serve the Itooni outstation area, which has a population of about 6,000. Located on 3 acres of church-owned land, St. Augustine outstation chapel is located in a trading station near the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Located near the outstation are a primary school for 450 pupils, a government polytechnic with 300 students, and a Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) with approximately 100 pharmacy students. Residents and institutions near the parish will be able to access the well.

Fr. Lance Nadeau will help many with this well project, including local residents who will have access to clean water supply, and children who will be less exposed to waterborne diseases.  The local educational and health institutions which will not have to close during water shortages, and the local parish will be able to charge a small fee for water and, thereby, support some of its social service initiative.

Well, St. Arnold Parish, Kenya

Well, St. Arnold Parish, Kenya

Well, St. Arnold Parish, Kenya

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.
Homa Bay County is a poverty-stricken area in southwestern Kenya with a population of about 1.1 million, 75% of whom are 30 and under, 65% of whom are 19 and younger, and 50% of whom 15 and younger. About 48% of the population lives under the poverty line. There is one doctor for every 44,000 people. About 65% of the inhabitants of Homa Bay attend primary school but only about 12% complete secondary. Around 11% of the population is illiterate. More than 50% of the population engages in subsistence agriculture; many inhabitants also engage in fishing. Homa Bay has the lowest life expectancy (57) and the highest infant mortality rate in Kenya. Infant mortality is often connected with unclean water and dehydration due to diarrheal diseases, including cholera, and other waterborne diseases such as typhoid and dysentery. The HIV prevalence rate is 26% (National AIDS Control Council 2018), which is significantly higher than the national rate, and malaria transmission is intense.

The population of the Nyalieng’a region in Homa Bay is more than 200,000, 75% of whom have very limited access to clean water. Many Nyalieng’a residents rely on shallow wells, ponds, and streams that are often biologically and chemically contaminated. Most child deaths in the area are due to diarrhea caused by contaminated drinking water. In Homa Bay, 50% of hospitalizations result from waterborne disease.

Children and women bear the burden of Nyalieng’a’s water shortage. They can spend as much as 4-6 hours daily searching for and collecting water. The task of collecting water keeps many children, reduces the productivity of women farmers, and exposes both children and women to violence when they compete for water at water sources. Some women have been killed in clashes at water sources.

The well will be located on the property of St. Arnold Nyalieng’a Outstation, which has a population of about 20,000. In the area, there are 20 primary and secondary schools and 5 health units that will be able to access the well.

Fr. Lance Nadeau and his project will benefit the local population of 20,000 with access to a safe water supply.  The well will enhance hygiene in the area and improve health standards, and the accessibility of clean water will enhance educational opportunities for children and allow women more time for agricultural and business pursuits.

Food Intervention

Food Intervention

Food Intervention

Region:

Africa

Region:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

In early 2019, the Kenyan government declared a national drought emergency.  Since then, the number of food insecure-people more than doubled – from 1.3 million to 2.7 million.  Over 250,000 children, and pregnant and nursing mothers are acutely malnourished.

Severe drought has dried up water resources in half of Kenya’s 47 counties and an estimated 3 million people lack access to clean water.  Recurrent droughts have destroyed livelihoods, triggered local conflicts over scarce resources, and eroded the ability of communities to cope.  Families are on the move, which poses protection risks for women and children who are becoming internally displaced persons.  More than 1.2 million children are in need of education assistance.  Kenya is experiencing multiple disease outbreaks including cholera and measles.  Approximately, 2.9 million people require lifesaving medical interventions and community-based primary health outreach.

With your support, Fr. Nadeau and local pastors will disburse food to the area people.

Educational, Catechetical and Health Outreach Program

Educational, Catechetical and Health Outreach Program

Educational, Catechetical and Health Outreach Program

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

Father Lance Nadeau, ,M.M. in collaboration with mission teams continues to provide pastoral ministry in Nairobi by assisting parishes in northern Kenya with their educational, catechetical, women’s, and health outreach programs. University students will offer tutoring in parish schools for primary and secondary school students.

They will assist catechists in offering religious instruction. They will offer health education in matters of diet, hygiene, maternal health, children’s health, sex education. Students in agriculture and animal husbandry will offer training on small-scale agriculture and livestock development. The program also assists 15-25 pregnant university students to continue their studies and have an alternative to terminating a pregnancy due to financial challenges by providing rent, food, prenatal and delivery care. Most students in Kenya’s state universities are the children of the rural poor, many of whom are subsistence farmers or pastoralists.

Your gift will provide 100 needy university students with food and emergency medical care.

Maryknoll Institute of Africa Studies Publications in Nairobi

Maryknoll Institute of Africa Studies Publications in Nairobi

Maryknoll Institute of Africa Studies Publications in Nairobi

Region:

Africa

Country:

Tanzania

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Michael C. Kirwen, M.M.

The purpose of the project, begun in 2001, was to make available to both students and faculty of Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, the student papers submitted for each course which are grounded in primary field research data. In 2003, another development in the program led to a series of books dealing with both the 15 foundational themes of African cultural knowledge and the 35 activities, happenings, events in the lives of ordinary people.

The book on the themes have been edited into a 274 page book titled African Cultural Knowledge: Themes and Embedded Beliefs. The book was on the market in Jan. 2005 and represents a major breakthrough in understanding and teaching the structure of cultural knowledge worldwide. Furthermore, MIAS is now registered with the Kenyan government as a book publisher.

Finally, a website (www.africancultures.org) has been set up to promote and sell the book and volumes of the Journal via the website. This is an on-going project and will continue indefinitely. With your help, these books will be available to the local African students and lecturers.

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