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Friday, 07 April 2017
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It’s April already, months go by and Magret is back at Afrikable after her maternal leave with little Sangale. She is very happy because in the end her delivery went well, although she stills remembers the moments of terror experienced when she had to give birth on her own at home, in front of her other two kids aged 2 and 3. Fortunately Afrikable’s Maternity Home will open its doors very soon and we will be able to prevent these risk situations for mothers and babies.

Months go by and the second phase of the project, the gynecology ward, is practically a reality thanks to BCG’s help. We have already used half the funds they offered us and as soon as we get the other half in June, the consulting room will be ready.

But that’s not all... thanks to Proyecto Esperanza help that decided to focus all its actions this year on supporting the third phase of the Maternity Home Project, alongside all the support received from the proceeds of the Volunteer Holidays draw, all events held, concerts, occasional donations, members and many more, we are about to make the maternity ward a dream come true within a few months. We still need a little push, but we will get there!

 

 

What sets the Maternity Home project apart from other projects we have launched, besides the aim itself, is that it will become a reality thanks to the participation of hundreds of people who have supported us by buying 2.5 euros tickets or people like Eva, who is mobilising the staff at the hospital where she works in order to get hospital furniture, which is essential to put the clinic into operation :)

A thousand thanks to everyone, to all those hundreds of people who have contributed in one way or another so that every day we get closer to seeing this dream come true.

Do you want to be one of them?  #EmpoderaLaVida   Collaborate! 

 

Author: Lola Serra | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Tuesday, 07 March 2017
Published in PROMOTION
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Today is our day, the day to remind the world of our rights, that we exist, that we are just as intelligent as men, that we want equality.

Today seems to be the day that has been granted to us to give us value, to thank us for our role as women, mothers, wives, single, workers, unemployed, tall, short… the day society acknowledges our existence.

Although we at Afrikable fight for women’s rights all year round, not only on the 8th of March.

Because our project’s aim is to empower women. To make sure they have a job, learn a trade, learn to read and write, explain to them which are their rights so they can defend themselves all over the world.

Yes, the verb “defend” is the best one to explain this world and this society.

Because having to say that in this century we still have to fight for our most fundamental rights is surprising, to say the least.

That there are still men in political positions who continue to believe and say flat out that women are intellectually inferior and that this is one of the reasons why they should get paid less money than men.

That each day we have to justify and prove our position in an office in front of male colleagues.

That women die every day at the hands of psychopaths who think they have power over someone else’s life.

There are so many examples...

And it is a shame that, on such a beautiful day as Women’s Day, the words that stick out are: fight, rights, hope, union, survival, empowerment.

If everything was alright, if we were given the value that we have, today we would hear words like: love, life, excitement, eagerness, equality.

For our part, we want to congratulate all women for their daily struggle, for not losing faith, hope, the eagerness. Because each day there are more of us willing to scream to the world that there are many of us, we are strong and united.

Afrikable and its women prove every day that it can be done. With a job they like, a living wage, a family to feed, and all of this with a smile. Those smiles that light up Lamu.

 

Author: Ana Carlavilla | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Tuesday, 07 March 2017
Published in PROMOTION
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International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate that in the face of inequality and injustice we are not alone. Many women and men have decided to act in favor of women’s rights and our empowerment as agents of change and social progress.

All over the world, women have to face economic and employment inequality, violence inside and outside the home, lack of access to education, to health services, etc. International Women’s Day should be used to denounce and make visible such inequalities and situations of social injustice, to not silence us, to seek compromises and commit ourselves to our future, ultimately, to take action.

I wanted to focus my commitment on March 8th, 2017 on one case of inequality and injustice that I’m especially concerned about, which is, access to women’s reproductive and maternal health. Access to health is a human right but women and girls, mainly in developing regions, have to face situations of helplessness caused by economic dependence, discrimination, lack of social support, lack of education, lack of power over their own sexual and reproductive lives, lack of resources for better care and inaccessibility to health care services. According to data from the UN only half the women in developing countries receive the medical care they need and many women suffer and die every year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth (the maternal mortality rate in these countries is 14 times higher than in developed regions).

We need to take action because maternal morbidity and mortality is a danger that could be avoided by providing developing regions with the resources needed to provide information, education and easy access to quality health care. By supporting and promoting measures such as the new Afrikable’s project Maternity Home, with our commitment, we can achieve this..

Happy International Women’s Day to all!

 

Author: Lidia Jimeno | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Saturday, 18 February 2017
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Those were the options I chose to continue collaborating with Afrikable from Spain and to help launch the Maternity Home. A Center for Reproductive and Maternal Health, through which Afrikable empowers women from health, standing up for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and promoting their health, which are key to achieving gender equality and women empowerment.

Erika Bergara

When I arrived in Lamu last August and met Afrikable, I knew right away that I had made the right decision. I was right in choosing a Volunteer Holiday that became the best experience of my life.

A holiday full of color, smiles, surprises every day, brave women who are beautiful inside and out, and children who instill happiness with just a smile. I lived there with 11 colleagues and the best coordinators. When the time to leave came, I couldn’t help but say those words that are heard at the end of every month at Afrikable: "I don’t want to leave".

Upon arrival in Spain, I began to think of ways in which I could continue to collaborate with Afrikable. I wanted to do my bit to help bring the new project forward: Maternity Home.

Mercadillo Bilbao Erika

Then I had the idea to organize a charity market. It was a great experience that I recommend to everyone. .

I loved being able to remember and share everything I experienced during August with everyone who came by to buy the handmade items that women at Afrikable made.

 

Iniciativas Huchas

In addition, I talked to 4 friendly businesses: Kukumiku (a candy store in Algorta, Getxo), Bar Amalur in Legutiano, 15.000 Hops (a bar in Barakaldo) and Kaki Frutadenda (a fruit shop in Romo, Getxo) and asked them if I could install money boxes in their establishments along with a brief explanation of the project Maternity Home in order to raise some money. It has been a success! It was as easy as installing four money boxes.

I can only say asante sana (thank you very much) to everyone who has made this possible, thanks to everyone who has helped me and has collaborated in one way or another, and thanks to Kukumiku, Bar Amalur, 15,000 Hops, and Kaki Frutadenda for their great contribution.

 

#EmpoderaLaVida   Collaborate! 

 

Author: Erika Bergara | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

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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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