Welcome

Crisis Centre recipients

Tegemeza ~  “to support”.

Founded in 2013, Tegemeza projects are currently operational in Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya.

Tegemeza has created a network of support to guide, advise, assist, CBOs (Community Based Organizations)  There is no government support for these projects.

What they do:

The Crisis Centre for Carers (Triple C ) is a community based, non-profit  organization operating in Mombasa, Kenya.  It’s major objectives are training and empowering caretakers, and connecting the community to build the future.

From it’s inception, Triple C has done many holistic based activities which include, but are not limited to; personal and community counselling, grief and bereavement counselling, paralegal/advocacy, sex education, AID/HIV awareness, home visits, outreach education, seed planting, skills training.

Wonderfully faith filled, Mama Rose founded and runs the Crisis Centre for Carers (Triple C).    Mama Rose and Triple C activities are overseen by fully operational board of directors.

Target Groups

  • Orphan Vulnerable Children(OVC)
  • People Living With HIV/AIDS(PLWHAS)
  • Challenged Persons(People with disability)
  • Senior Citizens(Old Persons)
  • Single Parents/Widows/Widowers

Most of these target groups are in a position of most need:  jobless and very poor. They live in a very unfavourable conditions, therefore are unable to fend for themselves.

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Crisis Centre (Triple C) provides moral, social, emotional, psychological, psycho-social and financial support.

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Mama Rose
Triple C Office

 

Being an orphan is a painful and traumatizing experience. It brings with it the following problems:

  • Sense of guilt
  • Loss of identity
  • Loss of self esteem
  • Fear and isolation
  • Feelings of unworthiness
  • Hate of self and others
  • Lack of parental love
  • Loss of properties and belongings
  • Existence of child headed families
  • Child abuse or labor
  • Psychological distress
  • Uncertainty in access to basic needs e.g. food, education, health, shelter among many others.
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Sarah Dunn CEO
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Community of Triple C in Mombasa

In December 2013, recipients of care gathered to discuss issues and concerns.  We heard their triumphs and their challenges. We also toured villages and visited some families in their homes.  We were educated on the processes and the training.  We met those women who were trained by the centre in how to make jewellery from recycled garbage bags and paper to sell at markets.  Some learned how to grow vegetables so they can feed their families.  They have little to no land, so have to be resourceful with growing vegetables in plastic pots and/or containers.  We saw one home where they had used an old, discarded fridge placed on it’s side to grow plants at their front door.

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Others have learned carpentry so they can make and sell furniture.  We met a family who was given chickens to raise so they could be sold to provide income for their 3 small children.  These initiatives have taken the vulnerable off the streets, sent children to school.

We want to provide funding to keep the centre open and running and to provide additional resources for education, food, and housing for orphan children.

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Buxton community school

Despite the achievements stated before Crisis Center (TripleC) is facing a number of challenges:

Challenges

  • Lack of nutrition (food) and drugs for patients suffering from TB or HIV/AIDS.
  • Lack of transport for effective community mobilization for example taking patients to hospitals or providing needy cares.
  • Insufficient financial or material resources for Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material acquisition.
  • Volunteerism that slows down effective work in the community.
  • Some Volunteers trained (on job training) run to other organizations with incentives with or without notice.
  • High expectations from members of the community
  • Social and economic problems of the society in general.
  • Stigma and discrimination against the people suffering from HIV/AIDS and TB.

Currently the main problem is lack of funds to keep the centre and their programs going.   There are kids who are on the street and their are kids who go for days without food.  Some needs are urgent, immediate and basic.  Others focus on the long term solutions.

Mama Rose is also a widow with two children who are now grown.  She ensured they got education so they could lead successful independent lives.  She knows first hand the suffering she witnesses every day. Redemptor, who is also a single mother is an amazing advocate today like her mother working with HIV/AIDs initiatives and getting drug users into rehab and off the streets.

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Meeting with Mama Rose and her daughter Redemptor.
Mama Rose’s grand-daughter
We visit the slums where many who need support live.

 

The way forward

 

Crisis Center will despite all the foregoing challenges strive to
  • To train beneficiaries, when funds are available in relevant programs for example on Income Generating Activities (IGA’s), Community Counselling, Memory Book Project, Paralegal studies and many others.
  • To assist through High school or College education, the students who are needy or orphaned children.
  • To distribute materials or food from donors or well wishers to the beneficiaries every 2nd Saturday of the month when they are available.
  • To visit our would be donors or well wishers at their doors or gates to request for any necessary assistance every 3rd and 4th Saturday of each month.
  • To continue with community mobilization and outreach education or programme.

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Angaza School and Medical Clinic

Run by Mama Juliet and her husband Caleb, the Anaza school has grown from one class to four and from 20 students to over 80.   The Medical Clinic also serves the community with one trained Medical Officer.

Tegemeza supports their initative as they grow and become a self sufficient operation

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Students from Primary Class with Mama Juliet, Caleb, Mike and Austin Dunn

 

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Earlier days of primary class with amazing teacher Anita

 

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Tegemeza support students through subsidized tuition and also works with donors to buy food for all the students, supply text books, pay teachers, and upgrade the classrooms when possible.

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Love ~ Support ~ Empower

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