Located on Namanga Road along the Athi just 2km outside Kajiado town, the AIC Kajiado Child Care Centre was established by missionaries in 1979 for the purpose of feeding malnourished children. Influenced by an increasing number of children with disabilities that have no place in the society, the Centre has gradually transitioned into a rehabilitation clinic for children with disabilities and has offered rehabilitation services to 63,024 people within Kajiado County.
A variety of crucial services are available, including physiotherapy, vaccinations, HIV/Aids testing, and home care for immobilized patients. Devices such as artificial and prosthetic limbs, arm and leg braces, crutches, walking frames, and wheelchairs are all manufactured and maintained in an affiliated workshop.
Kajiado ranks among the lowest in education levels and the highest in illiteracy levels amongst women of all the Kenyan counties, primarily owing to the large Maasai community and their attitude towards the role of women in society. Most people in the region do not seek medical attention when they fall ill, as they do not know how and where to access it, or simply do not appreciate how important it is.
Educating this community on healthy living empowers them to manage existing illnesses, reduce the number of new and preventable illnesses, and reduce overall mortality rates. Generally, the project aims to increase overall health by fostering positive attitudes towards healthcare and increasing the education levels and scope of healthcare services available.
More specifically, the project aims to:
○ Assess approximately 1600 children Determine their health status and their level of
○ Provide approximately 250 malnourished
children with nutrition supplements under a
○ Teach 120 primary school pupils about good
○ Train teachers to be facilitators in the implementation
of health education
○ Establish health clubs within three of the local
○ Train 600 members of the community on basic
health care, hygienic practices, and how to
get balanced diet from locally available foods
○ Train mothers on reproductive health, both
antenatal and post-natal, with a view to
reducing avoidable congenital disabilities
The Foundation donated Ksh 2,854,000 towards imparting practical knowledge on health literacy through demonstrations, one-on-one and focus group discussions, oral questionnaires, and workshops.