Long Term Capital Projects, Lions Club of Thika Kilimambogo

Introduction

The Lions Club of Thika Kilimabogo was chartered in April 1996, with 20 members. Since then the Club membership has changed and now stands at 33 members; 28 males and 5 females. In keeping with the Motto “We Serve”, the main club objective is to serve the less fortunate in society. Since it’s formation, the club has been involved in many humanitarian projects and activities in Thika town and other areas around the region.

The activities have included long term projects which have been undertaken in cooperation with donors from other clubs and districts.

International Cooperation Projects

The Club has over the last 12 years established close cooperation with European Lions Clubs/Districts. Through this partnership the following three long term capital projects have been realized:
♦ St. Mulumba Hospital Doctors’ House and Laboratory.
♦ St Patrick’s Special School.
♦ St. Cyril and Metod Health Centre Mukuyu-ini.

Details of the projects are presented below.

St. Matias Mulumba Hospital Doctors’ House and Laboratory

The project is located at the St. Matias Mulumba Hospital in Thika. It was completed in 2005 and comprised the Construction of a Laboratory and two Doctors’ Houses at a cost of Euro 130,000.

The project was undertaken in partnership with Lions Clubs from District 111-FON, Germany, who were the main sponsors. Part of the funding was from the LCIF. The Lions Club of Thika Kilimambogo was the local supporting club and was involved in the
design, supervision and management of the project on behalf of the sponsors.

The project was completed in the year 2005 and together with the other facilities at the St. Matias Mulumba Mission Hospital today serves a population of over 150,000 people from Thika and the neighboring counties.

St. Patrick’s Special School for the Mentally Challenged

Inception and Funding

The St. Patrick’s Special School for the Mentally Challenged is the main Signature project of the Lions Club of Thika Kilimabogo. It is located in Thika Town, next to the St. Patrick’s Primary School and is a joint Lions International Relation project undertaken in cooperation with Lions Clubs of District 111-BN, Germany.

The project was completed in 2008 at a cost of Euro 240,000. The main sponsor for the project was Sternstunden e.V. of German, who granted Euro 150,000 as part of the funds required for the development. This grant came through the efforts of Multiple District 111-BN (MD111-BN), Bavaria North, Germany who partnered with the Lions Club of Thika Kilimabogo in the planning and the implementation of the project.

In order to fund the balance of Euro 90,000, an LCIF Standard Grant of Euro 60,000 was successfully applied for by Multiple District 111-BN on behalf of the project. The remaining Euro 30,000 was contributed by the German MD111-BN, while the Lions of Thika Kilimabogo contributed the land through the local County Government.

Beneficiaries and School Curriculum

Originally, the school was intended to serve Thika town and its environs, but today it has become a National School with sufficient learning and boarding facilities for over 100 mentally challenged children from all parts of the country.

The school offers full-fledged vocational training to the mentally challenged children in addition to the normal education curriculum. The trades offered in the vocational training include computer basics knowledge, dressmaking, knitting and embroidery. It is intended to introduce leatherwork and woodwork among other trades in future.

Management and Community participation

The school operates under the Ministry of Education Special Schools Programme. It is managed by a Board of Management made up of representatives from various stakeholders as follows; the Local Catholic Church, Lions Club of Thika Kilimambogo, Ministry of Education, Local leaders and Parents Association.
German Lions Visit to the School
Multi-Purpose Hall

Expansion Plans and LCIF Grant Application

It is proposed to expand the amenities at the school to include additional workshops and other facilities necessary for promotion of the vocational training. In this regard, the Lions Club of Thika Kilimambogo on behalf of the Board Management has applied for an LCIF Standard Grant of USD 80,000.

The application for the LCIF Standard Grant was made and processed through the District 411A secretariat and is currently at an advanced stage of approval by the LCIF Board. It is expected that the grant will be approved, the funds availed and the construction works commenced early in 2018.

St. Cyril and Metod Health Centre Mukuyu-ini

Inception and Funding

St. Cyril & Metod Health Centre Mukuyu-ini is a joint international project undertaken by the Lions Club of Thika Kilimambogo in corroboration with Lions District 122 (Czech/Slovak Republics). It is located at Mukuyuini Village in Mangu Location, Kamwangi Division of Kiambu County, about 35km west of Thika town.

The idea of the project arose from discussions held during the 51st Europa Forum in Stuttgart Germany between Lion Eng Josphat Mugo Muthumbi, Charter member of the Lions Club of Thika Kilimambogo and Region ‘D’ Chairperson, on the one hand and Lion Tibor Buček, Past District Governor D122 (Czech-Slovak), on the other hand.

The project has been implemented in three phases since 2007 with Phase 3 being completed in the year 2013. Each phase was undertaken at a cost of Euro 25,000, giving a total project cost of Euro 75,000 for the three phases. The funding of the project was by the Lions of D122 (Czech/Slovak), part of which was through the LCIF Standard Grant programme.

Facilities Provided under Each Phase

Various medical facilities were provided at the Health Centre during the three phases of implementation. Under Phase I, the facilities provided were the basic outpatient dispensary, which included two Doctors’ examination rooms, an Office, a Pharmacy, a Store, a Laboratory and the reception area.

The Phase II of the project included facilities for Dental Treatment and the Maternity Wing comprising of delivery room, maternity ward, toilets/showers and records office. Under Phase III, the facilities provided were the central administration offices, which included the accounts office, the main records office and the general medical store.

Project Justification and Beneficiaries

Mukuyu-ini village is in Gatundu North Constituency, which is the fourth poorest Constituency in Central province with 36 % of the population estimated to live below the poverty line. According to 1999 census figures, Mang’u Location had a population of 28,100 people, which was estimated to rise to 40,000 people in 2005.

Despite the high population, Mang’u location has only one health center and the nearest hospitals in Gatundu and Thika towns are about 40 Kms away from Mukuyu-ini Village. The people in the village and the surrounding areas have over time identified access to health services as one of their key priority.

The location of the Village was considered ideal for a Health Center, as it would be able to cover a large area given that the village is accessible through an all weather road. Piped water was also easily connected to the site. Furthermore, the health facility would be able to serve the nearby schools and the division headquarters. Today, the Health Centre serves a population of over 100,000.

Management and Community Participation

The Health centre is operated under the local Catholic Church which falls under the Arch-Dioceses of Nairobi. The Board of Management is made up of representatives from the following stakeholders; the local Catholic Church, Parish Committee, Lions Club of Thika Kilimambogo, Ministry of Health, Local leaders and Local community.

Future Plans

There are plans for the management and operations of the Health Centre to be taken over by St. Mary Sisters of Mombasa through the Arch-Dioceses of Nairobi. In this regard, the Archbishop has committed to inject Kshs 2 Million to the project towards improvement of the staff houses and the security fence.

The main sponsors, the Lions of District 122 (Czech/Slovak), have also indicated their wish to undertake the 4th Phase of the project next year. This will include paving of the parking area, provision of underground and overhead water storage tanks and further improvement of the security wall and gate.