WEMIHS Covid19 response has reached over 114 very vulnerable families in Thika with hygiene, safety information and food staff to better cope with the pandemic.
You too can be part of this outreach as more vulnerable families need our help by donating dry food staff, sanitary towels or contact us for more information. Read More
To enhance safety and hygiene against the spread of the COVID-19 virus to our WEMIHS beneficiaries within the CBO child protection initiative especially those caring for the vulnerable children.
WEMIHS has been reaching its beneficiaries under the Community Based Groups with health and safety information on Covid-19 pandemic and has was able to support 114 identified vulnerable families mainly targeting families with children under 5 years with a food package of 6kg maize flour, one litre of soap, and face masks to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus abetting further vulnerability of the beneficiaries to alleviate hunger though in a small way to this families.
We were also able to mobilize the CBO leaders to enlist the most vulnerable families with the local government for government food aid relief distribution exercise being conducted in Kiambu County.
On 6th August 2020, WEMIHS developed a Community Child Protection Guideline to be used by Child Protection Volunteers working in the communities on child related concerns. The guide acts as a referral tool with essential information on children, their rights, and need for protection in reference to the Children’s Act, 2017. It also gives the roles and responsibilities of the key actors especially and code of ethics for volunteers working with children. The guideline also gives examples of working tools to use for recoding of child abuse cases and follow-ups.
WEMIHS has introduced new programs at CTC which have been designed to serve as a social innovation and learning hub for the community. These programs will specifically be directed towards aquaculture and urban kitchen gardening.
WEMIHS CASE STUDY: The journey for desired change And sustainability.
Program Areas (Rural poor and semi arid areas in Kenya)
Impact Areas (2012-2017)
Goal: Improved wellbeing of children and youth
Goal: Improved social and economic wellbeing of vulnerable households affected by disease and poverty.
Goal: Better managed environment and natural resources to sustain livelihoods.
Implementation approach: Sustainable Livelihood Approaches (SLA)
Key Outcomes: “Transforming experiences a journey of hope”
A New narrative for WEMIHS: What has worked?
AJIBIKA! OKOA WATOTO WETU LEO!
WEMIHS wishes to invite your organisation to kindly engage with us in our effort to raise funds required to establish a Child Protection Unit (CPU) in Thika Police Station, Kiambu County. CPU is a critical priority that will provide a large number of abused children a rescue safe space and allow them maximum access to a range of care and protection services as is articulated in Kenyan Laws on the Children’s Rights and Child Protection.
WEMIHS hope to raise a total of Ksh. 4million for the construction and 3 years operation of a CPU in Thika Police, Kiambu County. You are kindly invited to support this very noble course through giving in cash or kind. Your giving will be highly appreciated through an acknowledgement message from our project Structures of Hope.
How to Give!
For cash, give through: Pay bill No. 765745 and Account No. which is the Sender’s name.
For cheques, pay to WEM Integrated Health Services, Acc. No. 0340290718742 at Equity Bank Thika, Branch. Donations in kind will be received by WEMIHS office on Garrisa Rd. Gatuanyaga.
Thank you for your generosity. Please feel free to contact WEMIHS for any support that you may need. You can contact Martha the Resource Mobilizer WEMIHS on 0720211647 OR Andrew 0717501084 / 0733855875 0722789069.
PROTECT A CHILD TODAY! TOMORROW IS TOO LATE!
Child abuse is a reality and a major concern in Kenya that cuts across all sectors at all levels. The ever growing numbers of street children, the painful stories of child trafficking and sexual violence are all experiences that leave children with live long scares and with fears of uncertain future and lost opportunities. Studies (National survey 2010) also indicate that girls ages between 5-16 are deemed to be most vulnerable to sexual violence and that the abuse often happen in familiar environment by persons known to them and who is often charged with their care and protection. The recent media reports of over 100 teachers having violated their pupils in primary schools are all heinous acts of evidence that care and protection of the Kenyan child needs special attention through strategic national and county government response.
While we recognize efforts made by communities, NGOs, cooperate and government to address the well being of children and vulnerable families, it is evident that systems are overwhelmed by the increasing demand for care and protection and now need strategic policy guidance and partnership response.
The Thika Court Users Committee (CUC) which was established in 2001 is a collaborative effort of key actors drawn from public bodies in the criminal justice system and Civil Society all working on prioritized agenda –i.e.; improved justice for children. This effort complements Government’s commitment to protect children’s rights as stipulated in the constitution and the Children’s act.
WEM Integrated Health Services (WEMIHS), a Kenyan NGO established in 1998, is committed to continue making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and households most affected by poverty and disease. The organization has reached over 15,000 beneficiaries in marginalized semi-arid and the poor rural areas of Kenya. While vulnerable children are the largest beneficiaries of WEMIHS programs the achievements are realized through strategic partnerships.
WEMIHS continue to play a role in facilitation and strengthening community support and advocacy for child protection. As a member of the CUC, WEMIHS played a key role in the refurbishment and Launching of the Children’s Court.
This partnership culminated in the inauguration of the Thika Children’s Court on June 16th, 2015. The court was opened by the Honorable Deputy Governor G. Githinji, and was graced by a representation of key actors from National and County level.
The collaborative action is a call for increased commitment to child protection in Counties and the need to leverage on local partnerships. “It is my responsibility to protect a child today! Tomorrow is too late!
Wairimu Mungai – Executive Director WEMIHS
WEMIHS supports and empowers grassroot organizatons (CBOs) to become agents of change in their communites through collective action and advocacy. WEMIHS also plays a great role in supporting CBO partners as they carry out advocacy and awareness creation on child protection