Every morning the children from Little Angel's Pre School come early to class, eager to get a cup of porridge. By lunch time, their hungry again, and we provide them will a healthy lunch knowing that this could be the only decent meal they receive each day. But this is not always enough, because they might not be getting all the nutrition they need from the food. Why? Because of a common parasite in Kenya, worms!
Research has shown that deworming has both physical and educational benefits for children: it increases children's attendance rates and, in the long run, increases their chances of going onto higher education and getting a well payed job later on in life. Therefore, we decided that from this year we'll be regularly deworming the children in our Pre School, and those who are being sponsored in Primary School.
"Findings of a long-term impact study in Kenya showed participants who were dewormed as children had higher wages, fewer sick days, more work hours, and higher-level occupations."
We bought the medicine we needed, which to our pleasant surprise only cost around 4 pounds for a big bottle of 100 servings. The children had 1-2 teaspoons each (depending on the age), followed by a yummy Quality street chocolate given by a friend in Wales, there were smiles all around! Then we had some laughs as I showed them 2 new puppets which were also given for the children from a friend while I was in Wales. The teachers were happy and said they'll be using the puppets with the kids during assembly and story time, and the children thought the puppets were hilarious!
It was good to be reminded that a little personal sacrifice can actually make a big difference and put joy in someone's heart on the other side of the world.
For more information on the benefits of deworming, please see: http://blogs.worldbank.org/education/rethinking-deworming
Welcome to my blog! In case you didn't already know, I'm Ruth. In 2010 I graduated from University and before I even had time to settle down and get a job I felt a tug on my heart to go to Kenya for a few years to help in any way I could. When I arrived it was love at first sight; I loved the more relaxed way of life, the way Kenyans would laugh at EVERYTHING and the way people would put people first. On my first day there I also met Lox, a tall, dark & handsome African man who had the same passions in life as me and the more we worked & laughed together the more we fell in love & after a couple of years of dating we tied the knot & got married. Now I live, work, eat & sleep Kenya. It's great to be able to help those who are in some ways less fortunate than me but amazingly I always feel that I'm the one who gets blessed and learns so much from the people I try to help and from everything I do. Enjoy my blogs which give you a taste of this crazy yet wonderful life I lead.