Kaloleni, Kenya

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Kaloleni
Kaloleni is located in Kenya
Kaloleni
Kaloleni
Location of Kayafungo
Coordinates: 3°49′03″S 39°37′35″E / 3.817379°S 39.62628°E / -3.817379; 39.62628Coordinates: 3°49′03″S 39°37′35″E / 3.817379°S 39.62628°E / -3.817379; 39.62628
Country Kenya
Province Coast Province
District Kilifi District
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kaloleni is a settlement in Kilifi District, Coast Province of Kenya. It is about 50 kilometres (31 mi) by road north of Mombasa city center.

Food and water supplies[edit]

Kaloleni is in one of Kenya's poorest districts. Over half of the students at Kaloleni Primary School are orphans, in many cases because their parents died of AIDS.[1] The town lacks safe water supplies. In 2010 World Vision International provided assistance in water purification, which should reduce the incidence of disease.[2]

In 2009 the district experienced drought, relieved by rains in November. After the rains, the average distance required to reach water fell to 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) compared to 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) the previous month. The number of children under five years old at risk of malnutrition rose from 5% in October to 8.30% in November, but this was expect to improve more food and milk became available.[3] In July 2011 the Kaloleni district was again experiencing a severe food shortage. The main diet was maize flour, supplemented by mangoes found growing wild.[4]

Facilities[edit]

As of 2010 St. Luke’s bush hospital in Kaloleni had been operational for about two years, providing basic care for a population of 400,000 in the region. Malnutrition is a major cause of infant death, often through ignorance of very young mothers. The hospital helps educate the mothers.[5] The hospital provides out-patient and inpatient care, with 72 beds and 7 cots. Services include antenatal and obstetric care, antiretroviral therapy, HIV counselling and testing, family planning, immunization and treatment of childhood diseases, and tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment.[6]

Kaloleni Junior academy in Kaloleni is a private primary schools, with both day and boarding pupils. Subjects include Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Science, Christian Religious Education, Geography, History & Civics, Creative Arts, HIV/AIDS, Life Skills and Business Education.[7] St.Johns Girls secondary school is in Kaolini. In 2009 construction of a new dormitory was completed with the support of the Parents Teachers Association. As of July 2009 a dispensary was under construction but was not yet operational. In April 2009 a three-story constituency office was under construction in the town.[8]

Conservation[edit]

In March 2011 the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya announced support for a project to help conserve the Kaya Forest in Kaloleni District. UNESCO declared the forest a World Heritage Site in 2010. The USD 10,000 program will build and rehabilitate a water dam, finish reforestation, fence the forest area and set up three entrance and exit gates. The Kaya Elders were to be responsible for the program to conserve rare species of plants and animals.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lunchtime with WFP in Kaloleni". Unilever. September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Kaloleni water lifeline project brings hope (Video)". NTV Kenya. May 9, 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  3. ^ "Kenya: Kilifi/Kaloleni/Ganze districts drought monthly bulletin, Nov 2009". Government of Kenya. November 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  4. ^ LINAH BENYAWA (2011-07-07). "Kaloleni's manna from above". The Standard. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  5. ^ "From bush hospital to house of hope: Kaloleni and Kilifi – Kenia". HelpAlliance. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  6. ^ "St Luke's (ACK) Hospital Kaloleni". Ministry of Health, Kenya. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Rural Teaching Volunteer Program (Kaloleni Junior Academy In Kenya)". K12academics.com. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  8. ^ "Citizen’s Constituency Development Fund Report Card for Kaloleni Constituency, Kaloleni District". National Taxpayers Association. January 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  9. ^ "Ambassador Ranneberger to Announce Support for Kaya Fungo World Heritage Site Kaloleni District, Coast Province". US Embassy, Kenya. March 3, 2011. Retrieved 2009-09-11.