While she was away at college, many of Dorothy's peers and family members died of infectious diseases like HIV, and preventable tropical diseases. Without access to healthcare, many people in Kenya lose their lives to infection and disease. In 2013, malaria and pneumonia were the leading killer diseases in Kenya, claiming over 46,000 lives. Over 43% of the Kenyan population lives in poverty, and there is a high burden of infectious diseases like HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. Without the proper capacity for healthcare programs, a large portion of people continue to suffer from infectious diseases and other ailments.
Today, Dorothy serves as the International Director and Program Manager of Rafiki Africa. She oversees the organization's work in Kenya and the USA. One of Dorothy's main concerns is the health initiatives of Rafiki Africa, and the organization often takes medical trips to Kenya to organize short term medical camps.
Aside from helping with medical concerns, Rafiki Africa also has other programs and initiatives to help the people of Kenya. For example, the organization started the LightHouse Academy, a school for 200 students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
About her work with Rafiki Africa, Dorothy says, "Our work is holistic and sustainable. We reach families that do not have access to health, education, or social services, and help empower people to be independent and live in optimum health. I get very excited when I see anyone able to meet their own needs and get out of the circle of poverty." To learn more about Rafiki Africa, or see how you can support their cause, visit their website.
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