On 26th January 2023, the Stowelink team conducted an activity in Githurai aimed at distributing modules and posters as part of the NCDs and Climate Change Project. The team comprised of field officers and volunteers who held a meeting with the project beneficiaries at Githurai Social Hall.

During the meeting, the team identified strategic places where the posters could be mounted, and together with the project beneficiaries, they agreed that schools and churches were the best locations. Schools and churches around the project location were mapped, and each group was assigned specific schools and churches to target with posters. This strategy was chosen since schools and churches have a higher population and thus more people could be reached.

The team also utilized its noticeboard to guarantee that the posters would not be removed or plucked. The posters will serve as a reminder to the community to embrace healthy diets and physical activities while also raising awareness of the impact of climate change on non-communicable diseases.

The schools and churches were distributed among various groups as follows:

  1. Mwihoti Youth group —Marces Academy and Revelation Center.
  2. Young & Old group —Summer Brook school and Githurai ACK.
  3. Youth @ Heart —New Hope Academy and New Hope Church.
  4. Turf Moor — Faith Learning Center and Githurai Church of God.
  5. Githurai Sports — Githurai Primary and PEFA.
  6. The Link — Wonderland and Githurai Catholic.
  7. Casino Youth Group — Saimos School and Githurai True Jesus Church.
  8. Githurai Social Justice group — Keen Kids Academy and Our Lady of Mercy.
  9. Small Axe Group — Red Rosses and Baraka SDA.

The NCDs and Climate Change Project seeks to reduce the negative impact and vulnerability of non-communicable diseases among young people. By building the capacity of young people in under-resourced communities to mitigate NCDs vulnerability and its impact through healthy diets, physical activities, and climate change education, the project aims to leverage technology and innovation to achieve its goals.

In pursuit of the project’s goal, the specific objectives are to build the capacity of young people to mitigate NCDs vulnerability and its impact through healthy diets, physical activities, and climate change education. Additionally, the project seeks to engage stakeholders such as communities and the Ministry of Health actively throughout the process to embrace the production and consumption of locally produced foods as an alternative to fast/processed foods and red meat. Lastly, the project aims to coordinate effectively with other donors and implementers across NCDs implementation to optimize investments.

Stowelink remains committed to its mission of promoting healthy living and preventing non-communicable diseases in communities. We appreciate the support and cooperation of the Githurai community in our efforts to create a healthier society.

Published by Stephen Ogweno

a global health practitioner, NCD advocate and mHealth Innovator

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