Kochogo Integrated Children’s Development Centre was built by Child.org (then KOP) and Omega Foundation in 2005, in a rural community near Kisumu where the prevalence rates of HIV/Aids are particularly high. Today, the centre provides healthy, balanced meals to 180 children and 11 elderly community members. Children are also supported with psycho-social support and access to medical care.
At Kochogo, we’re changing the data we’re gathering in order to find out more nutritional information about the children. We have recently provided new measuring equipment to the centre to enable the staff to collect this.
To train the staff in using the new equipment, a nutritionist from the ministry of health visited the centre for a day and the centre held a free distribution of vitamin A. As children aged 3-6 queued for their free tablets (an essential vitamin for early childhood development), staff were able to get plenty of experience of taking the measurements, with expert guidance from the nutritionist!
We are so excited about the progress at Kochogo. The centre is becoming a real hub for health services in the local area, and now operates as a coordinator between the local health centre (which was originally built by KOP and is now run by the Ministry of Health) and the local schools for this sort of activity. This means Kochogo is bringing real benefit to all children in the local area, not just those at the centre by ramping up the engagement with health and nutrition issues among the whole community.
This boost in the role of the centre within the community is driven by the passion and hard work of the social workers at the centre, Alice and Liz. We are so very proud to work with brilliant women like them on improving the health and well-being of so many children.
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