Update from Jocelyn Macharia
To all members of Burning Bush Incorporated and The Nurses Apron Project who have made my dreams come true to take a graduate course directly involved with the community work. I have formed many groups including 60 widows who take care of orphans who are more than 100. Then there is a group of 300 disabled people living with HIV and Aids and another with 26 members who are people living with HIV and AIDS. I also have three youth groups which consist of 25,26 and 30 members respectively from different locations. In all these groups I am trying to help them start income generating activities as a means of poverty eradication. Poverty contributes a lot in the spread of HIV infection in Kenya. A course I am taking the requires to form a BASE GROUP. I chose the youth group with 25 members. They are planting trees, rabbit rearing and also they have started a youth savings account (sacco) to use to make small loans to other youths. They have started small business enterprises although the economy of the country is not favouring. Some are already out of their businesses. I will be back to class for second intensive school on 6 January 2010. I had good score overall for my first intensive school. I wrote an essay on THE FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE SPREAD OF HIV AND AIDS IN KENYA about the truth and denial of HIV and Aids. This course was an eye opener to me and there are many gaps that are being filled in my daily practice of nursing at my clinic. Another assignment is SELF AUDIT OF MY PRACTICE. This helps to know ones weaknesses and how to improve on my practice. May God bless you and have a very Happy New Year. Yours in the love of Christ Jesus.