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Wednesday, 03 August 2016
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In the last few weeks, Afrikable facilities in Lamu had great progress. Thanks to the effort and hard work from the whole team, we have accomplished major milestones.

On the one hand, we have water in the kitchen (we would like to thank Miguel Santolaya and Miren Estrellas for their effort). You wouldn’t believe how happy the cooks are!.

Avances Agua Cocina

On the other hand, we finished the school bathroom, the sink in the dining room and the school walls.

Avances Banyo escuelita

And to top it off, we are preparing our own vegetable garden. We can’t be stopped!.

Avances Huerto

If you would like to know the rest of the facilities, please read this post.

 

Author: María Carrió | Translator: Celi Pecorelli

Wednesday, 03 August 2016
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Thinking about some new ideas for the project, we decided to prepare a little stage play, so children could have a great time laughing of our rookie swahili and also learn about waste disposal. We met the expectations, the audience was thrilled and the actors were delighted.

I, as the donkey, had the magical feeling of receiving instead of giving, something big moved me, I enjoyed it and I didn’t need anything else but that moment.

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We did it with and for women and children of Afrikable. They gave away their smiles, turning something small into something big.

For a moment, you forget about everything else and you think about the joy, their lifestyle and the small things that you will cherish. You just want to stop time, and relive it a million times, hear their laughs and remember their eyes wide open.

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Maybe at the end, we didn’t have the big round of applause that we were expecting, but you could see it in their faces. The magical feeling when you think that you don’t need anything else will accompany you for the rest of your life.

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Maybe that applause was meant for them, maybe we should be the audience, and maybe their lives deserve to be applauded...

Obra Fatuma Punda 04

 

Author: Beatriz Suena | Translator: Celi Pecorelli

Sunday, 31 July 2016
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Fatuma Jarso has recently become a mum. She gave birth in her house, as nearly every other woman in the project has. The baby is okay but she is hospitalized because the labour got complicated, and she is undergoing a strong haemorrhage. From the heart, we truly hope there is not any other complications and for her to get the discharge.

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In the bed next to Fatuma’s, there is a woman that has just given birth to twins, and one of them has unfortunately not been able to make it through the labour. The girl in bed on the other side has to be operated due to a vagina deformation after the complications in her last labour.

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The fact of being a woman means having an added risk in the developing countries, and Kenya is not an exception. It is estimated that, in 2015, over 300.000 women died both during pregnancy and while they were giving birth or after it all over the world. Moreover, for every woman dying when giving birth, a dozen undergo either an injury, or infection, or illness.

Most of maternal deaths are either caused by haemorrhages, infections, dangerous abortions, and preeclampsia (serious hypertension with convulsions), or due to complications because of pre-existing illnesses that get worse during pregnancy. It is quite obvious that both the lack of a suitable medical assistance and the high cost of the services are key factors which determine the woman’s and baby’s survival.

When a mother dies during labour, the child left orphaned is much more likely to die in the next two years after her/his mother’s death.

Maternal mortality rate in Kenya is very high, for the figures collected by the WHO (360 deaths out of every 100.000 births) only take into account the births in hospitals, being Kenya a country where only 44% of the births is assisted by suitable nurse staff. Lamu is one of Kenya’s districts with the highest mortality rate in the whole country (676 women die for every 100.000 births). The difficult access women have to sources and healthcare services, as well as the lack of suitable infrastructures, are the origin of this situation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has committed to support the fast reduction of maternal mortality by 2030 as a part of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda.

From Afrikable, we want to contribute to this goal by launching a Reproductive and Maternal Health Centre in order to be able to provide women with a quality assistance service that is accessible and suitable for all the women who need it.

The great majority of maternal deaths would be prevented if women had access to quality family planning health services, appropriate assistance during pregnancy, birth, and the first month after delivery or assistance after abortions. This is the reason why, in Afrikable, we have started a first stage of training and awareness, through family planning, health, first aid, and HIV workshops, as well as other topics related to sexual, reproductive, and maternal health, for both women in general and midwives.

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In future stages, we will cover gynaecological needs, support during pregnancy, and in the last stage we will assist in labour in order to be able to stand behind women’s rights in regards to reproductive and maternal health, thus providing women with a complete assistance and empowering them in every aspect of their lives.

 

Author: Lola Serra | Translator: Sara Vivarelli

Monday, 11 July 2016
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We start the week with an announcement that makes us feel very proud and full of joy, as someone might say ;) … Afrikable has been recognized by the Ministry of Interior as a Public Interest Organization!

We are going to explain what it means, what implies to be a Public Interest Organization, and its benefits.

 

The Public Interest Statement is an official recognition given by the Minister of Interior for the important social work of the organization. It is a stamp that gives prestige to our entity and shows our efficiency, transparency and good practices to the society. It is a guarantee to our partners, donors and collaborators.

In order to obtain this title, it is necessary to fulfill certain requirements established by the Ley Orgánica 1/2002 of March 22nd, from the Derecho de Asociación:

  • The statutory purposes must promote general interest.
  • Its activity must not be restrained exclusively to benefit its associates.
  • The representative members that perceive payment must not be from funds or public grants.
  • They must have personal means, adequate materials and appropriate organization to ensure the statutory purposes.
  • It must be constituted and enrolled in the Register, to be running and implementing its statutory purposes continuously and concurring all previous requirement, for at least two years prior to the submission of the application.

 

Benefits to our partners and donors.

To be part of a Public Interest Association makes its partners and donors feel proud, since they have the State guarantee that their contributions go to a solvent entity that works for the common good.

This honor guarantees that we are achieving our statutory purposes to promote the empowerment of women, the fair trade, the nutrition and education for kids in the island, the respect for the environment, and that the entity is solvent and develops the project.

There are also certain tax benefits, which our partners and donors were already benefiting from and will still do because from 2010 Afrikable is registered as a Development NGO in the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

 

Donaciones Desgravacion Fiscal IRPF

Fiscal Deduction table in IRPF per donation

 

Donaciones Desgravacion Fiscal IRPF Ejemplo

TFiscal Deduction table in IRPF per donation. For example, a monthly fee of 15€.

 

Benefits for Associate and Sponsors.

Our partner companies will still have the tax benefits from before, and now they will also have the additional guarantee from the State regarding the use of your donations.

If you would like to know how your Company can collaborate in this Project, read about it in the post regarding Corporate Social Responsibility and how your Company can also benefit collaborating with Afrikable.

 

Donaciones Desgravacion Fiscal IS

Fiscal Deduction table in IS per donation

 

Benefits acquired by Afrikable.

With this recognition, we guarantee quality, solvency and good deeds to everyone who collaborates with Afrikable, and also acquired some benefits that will help us strengthening the project:

  • Use the mention "Declared as Public Interest” along with our name.
  • Have certain tax exemption and economic benefits.
  • Have free legal help.
  • Expansion of potential funding through grants from different Public Administrations, not forgetting those of the European Union.

 

If you believe, like us, that a better and fairer world is possible. Support us!

 

Author: Lola Serra | Translator: Celi Pecorelli

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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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