The goals of this organization are to empower immigrant and refugee women and children from Africa in the Kansas City area, and also help to improve the lives of women and children living in poor communities in Africa. Specific objectives are to:
- Organize outreach programs to promote healthy lifestyles (health education, disease prevention, physical activity, etc) for immigrant women and children.
- Serve as a resource to immigrant women and children from Africa for information about schools, educational opportunities, healthcare and jobs – as a means to facilitate the acculturation process
- Partner with local organizations in the United States to provide medical and non-medical supplies to support agencies or organizations in African countries that provide women and child wellness programs at no cost or reduced cost.
This program supports immigrant women from Africa who have just had a baby (especially first-time mothers). As immigrants, these women suffer from social exclusion and lack of a social network – which becomes increasingly needed in times such as during pregnancy or post-partum. These factors have been shown to lead to increasing maternal morbidity such as stress and post-partum depression in these communities. Through the use of volunteer “sisters” in the community, these new mothers will be given assistance during the first four weeks after they leave the hospital. Assistance provided would include helping with chores, cooking, doing laundry, running errands, accompanying them to doctor’s appointments, picking up kids from school or taking them to sports or other activities. The new mothers will also be provided with information and life skills about the risk factors and danger signs of maternal and new born health issues and available resources in the community.
This program involves working with partner organizations to promote women’s health for immigrant and refugee women from Africa. CommuCare partners with state and local organizations and engages community volunteers that could provide information on available health services such as mammograms, clinical breast exams and pap tests.
CommuCare believes that education is very important in the life and well-being of every child. With a proper education, every child would be self-reliant and have a better understanding of how a healthy lifestyle promotes health and well-being. CommuCare encourages immigrant and refugee women and children to get an education and develop skills that would empower them and their communities. CommuCare informs women and children about educational resources available, and provides mentorship to women and children about school choices and career options.
Poor health and increased incidence and prevalence of diseases are some of the challenges facing many communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. CommuCare would partner with local health care centers and engage community volunteers and providers that would provide health services to these communities.
Many children in Sub-Saharan Africa cannot afford to go to school because their parents cannot afford school fees and the school supplies needed. CommuCare would partner with local authorities to promote elementary and secondary education of children in these communities.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Basic facilities needed to create a healthy and clean learning environment for children are usually limited or non-existent. CommuCare would work with community leaders and volunteers to promote personal hygiene and sanitation.