COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING !.
"EDUCATION AS A WEAPON TO FIGHT POVERTY"

Ruth K MThe girl Ruth (seen here) comes from an extremely impoverished background. She worked very hard throughout her educational career and her efforts paid off and she excelled, not only in her studies in Primary School at Kituiuni but also in High School at the renown Precious Blood High School Kilungu. Even though Primary School Education in Kenya is now free, however, it was only through the intervention of kind hearted benefactors in the USA that she managed to complete her High School Studies but having qualified her High School Exams and earned herself an admission to University, the only obstacle now standing between her and advancement to a future with Promise was again her background of sheer poverty. It was at this junture that a good friend of KUSARD, having learnt through Simom about her plight came to her rescue and saved the day not only for her but also for KUSARD. Now her education, starting this September 2016, has been assured and she can now relax and proceed to plan her next step in pursuit of her dreams and life's ambitions.

What a different world this would be, if we had more individuals like Albert P of Roxbury, New Jersey, who has really gone the extra mile in helping our PROGRAM achieve some of its most aspired for objectives like this one of helping kids, like Ruth K, in dire needs to break their yokes of poverty.

We are so honored and thankful to God for him and his family, and those others like Jean R who have been in the forefront pushing and advancing our cause in deeds and words.

WE ARE INDEBTED TO YOU!GOD BLESS YOU IN EVERYWAY!

"A NEW ERA FOR THE KIDS AND FOLKS OF KITUIUNI"

The Story Continued!
Since the arrival and installation of the MPV Program at St Cecilia to serve the children; the elderly and the sick in that area of Kituiuni, there has been a lot of happiness coupled with hopes and expectations for better days ahead. We are indebted to all our benefactors who make these things possible and are a source of hope for many who struggle daily with lives of despair and hopeless. CLICK HERE FOR A SENSE OF THE PREVAILING MOOD

"IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN POOR RURAL COMMUNITIES"

The Story!
On Sunday Jan 17th 2016 the MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLE, hereafter to be referred to as the MPV, arrived at Kituiuni Community in Kenya. It was a day of celebration there to mark the culmination, or the results of hard work and selfless dedication by KUSARD's US Team and their most valued supporters. The day started with Holy Mass at St Cecilia then the Blessing of the MPV after which the congregation proceeded to the Health Center to which this Vehicle is dedicated to serve along with other centers in the County of Makueni, Kenya.

KUSARD's Exec Dir wishes to express, OUR PROFOUNDEST GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO ENABLED US ACCOMPLISH THIS MOST COVETED GOAL OF OURS AND OUR GRATITUDE KNOWS NO BOUNTS. MAY GOD BLESS THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES AND REWARD THEM FOR US FOR THEIR PHILANTHROPHY AND GOODWILL.

THE MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLEWhen, the Health Center at Kituiuni was completed around 2,000 and we had organized a free clinic there with the help of a Team of Medical Volunteers from the USA, one of whom included my own daughter Catherine, and all of whom had helped in Funding the Center’s completion, an old man who lived next to the Clinic, one Mailu Senga (not with us today) is remembered to have remarked after the day's event that, he had never thought he would live to see the day when medical services would be rendered at that center. In saying so, he was actually echoing the collective sentiments of the village dwellers who had never come to believe a health center there could be possible. This was an area where life was hard and the people seemed to have accepted life as it was with little expectations from it! A sort of dim and defeatist way to live. And so the talk about the possibility of a Health Center at Kituiuni was always met with cynicism and a sense of, "I will wait and see" attitude!

In later years, looking back after the clinic had been completed and taken over by the government to run, I felt a sense of gratification that all efforts to bring medicine to this enclave had in the end been rewarded. But it is true, even I myself had my own moments of doubt, although the thoughts of what the possibilities could be if we succeeded spurred me on and and I persisted against many odds and in the end, the dream became a reality.

But we had no plans to rest on our laurels and KUSARD continued striving even harder to further improve the lives of the rural area dwellers of Kituiuni and beyond, in the Makueni County of Kenya. The Clinic had been build with a view to try and shorten tne distance between this area and the nearest Medical facilities many miles away. To this end, we were quite gratified when the Government entered a partnership with us and posted some health personel at the Center and thereafter the clinic started to serve the area people in a more robust way than when it was in the hands of the Community.

For a people so long abandoned, and in a way left behind by time, this was a watershed moment for the people of Kituiuni and their neighbor’s and it seemed to me, the oldman's words (ie.Mailu Senga) had never been uttered in vain. God rest his soul!

But the clinic could only provide limited services as it was still in great need of major upgrade and what this in reality meant was that, if an emergency happened, although First Aid could be possible there, the need to save a life depended on how soon a patient could be delivered to other centers where more advanced treatment was possible. For many years the lack of a quick way to transport patients remained a major constraint to improved medical services in the area and loss of life which could be attributed to this gap had occurred from time to time. In the USA where I reside, if there is an emergeny one calls a 911 number and paramedics are on site almost immediately. In Kenya, by contrast, you may call for an Ambulance which never arrives and in the rural areas the notion is too foreign and almost a miracle and the sick are at the mercy of the Providence.

It is against this backdrop that KUSARD's founder felt compelled to do something about the bleak scenario and took upon himself to engage his friends in the USA and bring about some type of relief to ameriorate this sad state of affairs. He started a campaign to raise funds for the procurement of a Vehicle that might address the transportation gap. He would call it,"THE MULTIPUROSE VEHICLE" because not only would it serve as an Ambulance, but would also cater for the needs of the school kids in St Cecilia Kituiuni and the general area to enhance the quality of their lives.

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