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Tuesday, 20 December 2016
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Can I be an actor of change? We often ask ourselves this question and Paula knows the answer well, she decided to enjoy last August a solidarity holiday in Afrikable. Here she met the project and the group of women who form it, she verified that their empowerment s a living reality and day to day we have to work to maintain it.

Paula said "I can act to bring about change" when she met our dream, the construction of a Centre for Reproductive and Maternal Health. She works at BCG a company that though its Social Responsibility program and its commitment acts for the improvement of society, she puts us in touch with BCG and we were able to accede to the campaign "BCG Colabora", being one of the projects selected this year.

Thanks to Paula and BCG our future dream is our present and within a very short time we can enjoy in Afrikable a new Gynaecological Consultation in which we plan to offer free care to more than 200 women a month, in quality gynaecological assistance, follow-up of pregnancy and training and sensitization on Women's Health issues.

Thank you BCG for your confidence and for collaborating with the empowerment of women in Lamu.

 

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Author: Lidia Jimeno | Translator: Sheila Castro

Saturday, 10 December 2016
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We follow this new cycle of workshops with a very specific training directed just at pregnant women working in Afrikable. The recommendations of care during pregnancy, the importance of an adequate diet and nutrition at this stage, and the follow-up of gestation by health professionals are the topics that have been addressed.

Fatuma, Magret and Mariam, each at a different time of pregnancy, have been able to share their concerns and contrast their lifestyle during gestation with the recommendations they have received.

While many of these tips have been a mere reminder, since the use of ample clothing and comfortable footwear is something that all women do in Lamu, other aspects are more complicated to integrate into their way of life: avoiding to carry weight on an island full of women bearing children on their backs and bales of firewood over their heads is a difficult goal to achieve, as well as ensuring a few hours of sleep and rest when the engine of homes and families are them, who rise at dawn to go for water to the well, cook and attend to the house before going to work.

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It happens the same when we approach the nutrition during pregnancy, because the little variety of food that is here and the economic situation of the most families prevent that the diet of the pregnant women will be as rich and varied as possible. Thus, we have adapted as much as possible, and according to the dietary possibilities that Lamu offers, the diet of Mariam, Magret and Fatuma.

The pregnant women working in Afrikable receive a lunch to ensure that their food is as balanced and complete as possible under the free soup kitchen project. To this lunch, rich in iron as legumes and vegetables, and in proteins present in fish, a daily egg and orange will be added to increase the protein supply and to facilitate the absorption of the rest of nutrients, respectively.

We have explained to this girls the importance of adapting, as far as possible, their diet to their state, since all of them have stated that they eat the same thing when pregnant that it is not. Thus, and knowing the key foods to acquire the necessary inputs during gestation (legumes and vegetables to gain iron, egg, meat and fish to get protein, and citrus to facilitate absorption), the challenge is to become aware of the importance and impact of food and to adapt the menus of their dinners and weekends to their state.

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At this point, it is also important to speak of religious practices linked directly to food. During the month of Ramadan, pregnant women are not required to practice fasting, but social pressures are often stronger than the awareness of one's own health, which causes pregnant women to fast throughout the month, with serious consequences that this can lead to both the mother and the baby. This is a controversial aspect and difficult to approach, which needs a continuous work of awareness, because religiousness has a lot of weight and governs the daily life of Lamu.

Finally, we have emphasized how fundamental it is to take control and follow-up of pregnancy from the moment they are aware of their condition in order to avoid and foresee future complications for the baby and for themselves. The key is to raise awareness of the importance of this monitoring and to foster confidence in the health services offered by these services to come to them.

 

Author: Marta Heredia | Translator: Sheila Castro

Friday, 09 December 2016
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Dawn and you already feel that it is a special day, like every day here, but today with a different touch, 9 of our children graduate and in January they will go to primary school. To celebrate, the women of Afrikable have dressed in yellow or blue to fill this moment with colour and joy.

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It's impossible not to be proud, but it's also a chain feeling. This event is due to the work opportunities that Afrikable gives women, to the desire to fight and get ahead of these super moms, thus giving an education to their children, through the teachers and the important role they play here and these 9 nerds wanting to continue learning and knowing beyond what is made in the streets of Lamu.

Today is a good day to dedicate a special word to Madame Grace and Madame Joyce, the two teachers of Afrikable, their work here is impeccable and they start and end the day with a smile, although it is hard to believe it has not been easy to find teachers who don't hit children, respect them, motivate them and inspire them hope.

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It is almost impossible to describe the roller coaster of emotions you have on this day. I will forever be grateful to Afrikable for every second on this project.

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Author: Ana Carlavilla | Translator: Sheila Castro

Thursday, 08 December 2016
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In order to continue with the continuous and transversal development of Maternity Home's first phase of formation and awareness this month we began a new cycle of workshops related to the general health of women, to the maternal health and to the sexual and reproductive rights with the aim of taking a step forward in achieving empowerment in the area of women's health in Lamu. Throughout this month, a wide range of workshops will be given to local traditional women and midwives by the hand of Esther Pérez, a nurse from Barcelona who has arrived in Afrikable ready to do her bit on the way to the empowerment of women.

Having already taught several workshops and talked on wider and more general issues, such as HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, first aid or family planning, in this new cycle, workshops dealing more specific and directly related to sexual and reproductive health of women.

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We started with a very basic training and at the same time fundamental to settle the contents and knowledge of the following workshops: an anatomy workshop, aimed at all the working women of Afrikable, in which we have reviewed the male reproductive apparatus and, above all, the female one, and we had explained in detail the processes of fecundation and gestation, as well as the phases of fetal development. The knowledge of the functioning of the body itself and the processes that are developed in it are the best tool for the empowerment of women in aspects such daily and important as the acquisition of appropriate habits for optimal development of the foetus or prevention of risk behaviours during pregnancy.

Once again, the need for this type of training has been evidenced, since the nervous laughter, the questions and doubts of the girls, and their faces and screams of surprise have revealed the ignorance on these themes and the importance of fomenting and to provide information and training of this kind on an island where female sexuality is taboo and where women's rights are far less a priority.

 

Author: Marta Heredia | Translator: Sheila Castro

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ABOUT AFRIKABLE

Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

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