At Shines Children’s Foundation, we embark on helping both our primary and secondary beneficiaries to access basic health care as well as the wider community believing in the slogan ‘’ A healthy mind in a healthy body. We ensure that the health standards of our beneficiaries are our priority by equipping them with health care toolkits that are kept with the community nurse to help in tackling different illnesses such as malaria, typhoid, and other bacterial infections at the community levels. We equally ensure that these beneficiaries are also equipped with knowledge and skills as an avenue for leading them to a safe and healthy lifespan which will enable them to improve their performance and attendance in school.
Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and HIV prevention:
SCF runs community health education campaigns and training embarking on accelerating progress to end child marriage, teenage pregnancies, HIV/AIDS prevention/control, and other STIs. Priority is directed to most adolescent girls and boys, school dropouts, and young mothers. The campaign addresses questions of gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, communication, and relationship skills. While using a stepping stone as a training tool, participants are availed with opportunities to examine their values and attitudes towards gender and relationships, to build on their knowledge on aspects of sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and to develop skills to help them communicate with others.
We also believe in creating temporal safe spaces for learners where we engage and discuss with them issues that hinder their performances, challenges they find in their surrounding environments and communities they live in. Besides, menstrual health and hygiene being part of the discussion, training them on making Reusable menstrual pads is also prioritized.
Nutrition and food security
This project supports interventions to improve the content and coverage of nutrition services in primary schools and surrounding communities. The focus is on delivering interventions to address the key determinants of chronic malnutrition promoting short-term changes in high-impact nutrition behaviors and practices that are known to contribute to stunting reduction in the medium and long term. However, to improve children’s performance, retention, and attendance at school, children need to be properly nourished. Therefore SCF designed a program where the primary beneficiaries are supported with 2 nutritious meals a day with the supplement from the school farm and kitchen gardens as well as nutrition lessons conducted with learners and their caretakers including the staff to equip them with knowledge and skills to prevent malnutrition and improve on the best feeding practice where the main focus is on Go, Grow, and Glow food components and mineral deficiency in both young and adult people.