Under this pillar, the Foundation seeks to promote good health amongst the Kenyan population as per the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 3 which focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all people at all ages.
Keep a Girl in School
To begin with, the Foundation has had an initiative branded “Keep a Girl in School” to donate sanitary towels to young teenage girls. Research1 shows that 65% of Kenyan women and girls are unable to afford basic sanitary pads. As a consequence, girls often rely on the men in their lives for period products and some girls engage in transactional sex in order to secure sanitary products, perpetuating a patriarchal cycle of reliance and exploitation.
To date, Optiven has distributed sanitary towels to over 10,000 girls living in informal settlements, children’s homes and school girls. In addition, the Foundation has also initiated a project of building an ablution block containing four toilets at the Korompoi Primary School in Kitengela. This was to promote healthy living within the school since initially the school had only one toilet which was shared by both the teachers and the students.
Mobility That Brings Smiles
The Foundation has also run an initiative known as “Mobility that brings smiles” – an initiative which donates wheelchairs to disabled individuals throughout the country to aid in their mobility. Since 2019, 175 new wheelchairs have been provided to needy individuals.
The Foundation has also organized free a medical camp in Kitui County and served approximately 400 persons in various parts of the country to promote good health within the region. The medical camp focuses specific epidemics, e.g. typhoid, cholera, trachoma, in a bid to create awareness and preventative measures.
Our focus is to help people acquire the tools, knowledge, and resources they need to transform their own lives, building a healthier environment and world around them.
Kenya is currently battling the HIV/AIDS pandemic; the infected and most especially the affected. The government in conjunction with private partners and donor agencies have actively campaigned towards a Zero-infection of HIV/AIDS. Despite these efforts, HIV/AIDS infections are still on the rise and most especially among the couples.
This in effect leads to an increase in the number of orphans as a result of their parents succumbing to the HIV/AIDS related diseases. Some of these orphans are infected with the virus at birth. Optiven Foundation believes that these orphans whether infected or affected can have a bright future but this can only be achieved if they are able to grow in a conducive environment.
A clean, secure and comfortable home will enhance their growth as well as protect them from communicable and infectious diseases that are as a result of poor hygiene and a harsh environment. Hence, the Optiven Foundation sponsors the Soweto Children’s Home in Kayole and the Flomina Children’s Home in Embakasi (Nairobi), and 8 other Community Based Organizations working with orphans.
Drug Rehabilitation Centers
Lastly, the Foundation understands that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior and that the journey to a healthy, sober life is not a quick and easy one. Indeed, it is a lifelong commitment of dedication and hard work that is well worth the effort.
Hence, the Foundation is partnering with Drug Rehabilitation Centers that are working to rehabilitate approximately 30,000 drug abusers while also running an advocacy campaign against drug abuse and alcoholism.
The Optiven Group Foundation will continue to support and welcomes partners to donate.
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