DANDORA VISITATION AND MATERNAL-CHILD
Dandora is the slum community to the east of Nairobi and home to 250,000 people. March to the Top is partnered with St. Monica’s Parish, the Holy Cross Parish in Dandora, The Tabit family and the University of Notre Dame’s Ford Program in projects that support the Dandora community.
Our first project was a study that helped gauge the needs of the community as expressed by the people of Dandora themselves. We provided information, skills training, mentorship programs, and individual grants to local entrepreneurs. In addition, we collaborated with partners to develop the Dandora Visitation and Maternal-Child Health Center which provides basic laboratory and outpatient care, staff training, maternal counseling programs, two pediatric wards, and a dental clinic.
WHY IT MATTERS
Maternal health is an imperative need in Dandora, where women are two times more likely to die in childbirth than in Kenya as a whole, and miscarriages, child mortality, and birth defects occur with greater frequency than in other rural areas of Kenya. The new Dandora Visitation and Maternal-Child Health Center will provide life-changing support for women and families in the Dandora community.
“What you help a child to love can be more important that what you help him to learn.”
– African Proverb
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