Written by Cajetan Okondo
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Bungoma Community Based Organization (BCBO) has put its target in paying fees for orphan children in the entire county since entering into partnership with APHIA PLUS.
The CBO Director Mr. Martin Lukhare said that the organization has been able to expand its programmes through sponsoring more than 6,000 vulnerable, partial, and extreme poor students in Bungoma South District.
“Through that, the organization has managed to partner with AMREF to identify those with TB infection and defected taking the medicine to continue taking the medicine eyeing Bungoma West District where the HIV rate is very high,” he said.
“Moreover the organization also funded by the constituency Aids Control Council to carryout HIV/AIDS test and counseling programme to carry data on number of HIV patients in the county,” he added.
The organization plans to expand its project by Building a main office in Mabanga, Bungoma South and build green houses for the guardians to the needy children so that they could benefit from the project.
“Even though the organization experiences a number of challenges such as: number of orphans seeking admission at BCBO is way beyond what the organization can take care with the current resources they have, people don’t see the importance of going for testing, lack of awareness that is, people don’t see the importance of the programme, and transport is still a major challenge as it is always difficult and inconveniencing to hire private means,” he explained.
Despite the challenges, Mr. Lukhare stated that still the organizations plans to provide school uniforms to more than 2000 needy students and also sanitary towels to students of standard 6 up to 8.
The organization is projecting to provide every household with seeds from millet, sweet potatoes, vegetables, sorghum plant to make them be self -dependent in the coming future.
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