STORIES OF CHANGE, HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Mary Ngetich is a 35 year old single parent to 8 children and lives in Lomolo A village. Mary has been a direct beneficiary to the SRHR. Six years ago Mary and her family including her husband were relocated from Mau forest to Lomolo A village. The difference in climatic conditions, from highlands to dry lowlands focused her husband to have two homes one in Mau and the other in Lomolo A. Her husband used to live with her until she got pregnant with her last born child when the husband decided to leave her before she had given birth. Her husband was the sole bread winner. When a medical outreach came to Lomolo A village, she came to get health care for her children given that the closest hospital is 12kms away and the only means of transport is a boda boda which costs Kes.400 to and fro. At the venue of the outreach she heard of the benefits of family planning from the peer educators. She chose to use the five year plan as she was not ready to conceive again. Four years down the line, she still has 8 children but when asked what would have been her ideal number of children she says “four at most.” Her reason for that number is that she would have been able to give the best for the children if they had been planned and spaced well.