Stelas Wema Project

On arrival to at Malindi Airport the team was picked up by our Host, Father Emmanual, we were loaded on the bus and we started the 1hr trip the village.

The trip to Wema was an experience we would never forget. Four months prior to our arrival, we were told that heavy rains affected not just Wema but most of the central, south-west and south-east areas of the country, including the capital Nairobi. These heavy rains caused flash floods and casualties. According to media, the death toll reached at least 15 people in the provinces of Central, Nyanza and Eastern. Reports also stated that around 1000 people were evacuated in the counties of Makueni (Eastern province), Kilifi and Tana (Coast province).  Wema is the costal region and is located close to the Tana river.people trying to pull their lives together.

As we made our way to Wema our drivers told us we could not use the main road as they were impassible due the severe flooding. The only access to the village was a service farming room. The mud road had deep grooves on either sided making driving extremely difficult. Many vehicles got stuck trying to get by. On our first journey into Wema we had to wait while a section of the road was made passable by placing bricks over the soft mud to support the weight of the vehicles. At one point on our journey we had to get out the car and push the car through the mud.

The trip to Wema was an experience we would never forget. Four months prior to our arrival, we were told that heavy rains affected not just Wema but most of the central, south-west and south-east areas of the country, including the capital Nairobi. These heavy rains caused flash floods and casualties. According to media, the death toll reached at least 15 people in the provinces of Central, Nyanza and Eastern. Reports also stated that around 1000 people were evacuated in the counties of Makueni (Eastern province), Kilifi and Tana (Coast province).  Wema is the costal region and is located close to the Tana river.

We saw first hand the effects of the flooding. There were many make shift tent homes scattered along the roadside, evidence of people trying to pull their lives together.

As we made our way to Wema our drivers told us we could not use the main road as they were impassible due the severe flooding. The only access to the village was a service farming room. The mud road had deep grooves on either sided making driving extremely difficult. Many vehicles got stuck trying to get by. On our first journey into Wema we had to wait while a section of the road was made passable by placing bricks over the soft mud to support the weight of the vehicles. At one point on our journey we had to get out the car and push the car through the mud.

First day at the village the team received an exhilarating and festive welcome from the people. The colorful clothes they wore, the make shift drums, the dancing and musical voices warmed our hearts. It was not long before we were absorbed into the happy crowd joining in our welcome party.  

Our first day at the village was spent with the children of the local school. It was a delight to see their smiling faces and to listen to the beautiful voices as they sang and danced to traditional songs.We did notice the challenges faced by the school and the students. The entire team was moved into action. We planned several projects including a shoe project for the students, ta library for the school and a well water improvement project. We also explored offering educational scholarships to a few exceptional students.

Day 1

The team got fired up and started sharing with the villagers. Rhonda and Clifford Murray, husband and wife team started off the day by engaging the students in a discussion on oral hygiene while offering each child a toothbrush and toothpaste and discussed their appropriate use.

 After this we toured the school compound and saw the needs of the facilities. the school buildings are in great need of a paint job and completion of the internal structures. The school also needs more storage space and a better water pump, the grounds needs a face lift and a library with access to resources.

We then ended the day with a journey back to catholic accommodations with Father Emmanuel and settled down to bed.

Day 2

The day started off with a warm welcome form the villager including elders from all 5 surrounding villages. There were various songs and dances performed which we all enjoyed. The people of Wema expressed their gratitude for our presence and looked forward to what we had to offer. We then divided ourselves into various teams and offered various breakout sessions with open discussions and consultation.

Rolel MD/FACOG, Stelas COE and Liz CNM both partnered and presented  “helping baby breath” to the lay Midwives of the village. This presented supported the local efforts of the people to complete their maternity delivery center. Stelas donated three bed with mattresses and supplies needed to support the birth of achild.

Ron Celestine, PhD/ND presented a health talk on infectious disease and how to manage various medical conditions without the help of a medical doctor.

In another area of the village Lystra MD and Rhonda RN had a frank discussion with the young people about sex habits, attitudes as well as and STDs prevention. The discussion was very engaging.

Clifford was instrumental in evaluating the status of Water Well and pumping system. His many years as a plumbing engineer was very valuable in consulting and advising as well as coming up with a plan to help bring more water to the Village of Wema.

Our final hours at the Village were spent making presentations of gift and expression of gratitude then we danced our way to the edge of the village and started our journey by car back to apartments.