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PROJECTS | Kenya
Liyavo Village Community Project


 
Liyavo Village Community Project | Birunda Village Community Project | Street Children in Community Development
 

Liyavo Village Community Project (LVCP) is a settlement of approximately 8000 people displaced by ethnic cleansing in the early 1990s. Prior to ICT's arrival, there was little official recognition that Liyavo existed as a population centre of displaced people. There were no water services, shops, transportation, medical services, social facilities or employment opportunities. Women often had to walk 3km to the nearest shops and would carry water from a swamp about 2km away. The nearest clinic was 10km and public transportation to it non-existent.

There are an estimated 2500 infants and children in Liyavo all who need to be immunised to protect against early infection of preventable illnesses. Furthermore, women were in need of health or medical facilities for prenatal care. They had to walk or be carried along a slippery mud track for 3km to catch a crowded 'matatu' (standing room only commercial van) at the nearest highway and then walk to the hospital once they arrived in Kitale.

To carry out its goals of integrated community development, Liyavo opened a cheap village general shop, demonstrations plots and training in organic cultivation, vocational training workshops and a community clinic with a full time nurse who also attends to the children in the other centres and the 1000 primary age children from the school next door. Today, Liyavo Children's Centre has five acres of mixed vegetables and fruits and about 1000 laying chickens to help feed the children in all the centres.

The health needs of women and children are now addressed in Liyavo; however, although there is a now well at one of the children's centres, there are further improvements that need to be made so that potable water is accessible all members of the local community.

Community health workers (CHWs) have also been trained in malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention and these CHWs do outreach work in even the most remote encampments.

Livayo - Children

Livayo - Health Care Clinic
 
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