RUS is a grassroots initiative with the main aim of helping the very poorest of the poor mainly in rural areas, who are forgotten by the government and international community and therefore hurting with preventable issues. Our headquarters is located in Kanduyi, Bungoma County where from our Kill the Jigger initiative is coordinated. Our work stretches out but not limited to five counties in the western belt of Kenya, namely – Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties.
Whereas the poor in urban slum areas get illuminated through proximity advantage and accessibility, the rural poor are always left out because of proximity and accessibility (poor road networks). RUS teams have programs where they reach out to them to help with jigger eradication, education on hygiene, reproductive health and family planning, cancer screening and treatment, project and financial management, farming God’s way among other personal empowerment initiatives.
We are out in the field almost daily, including weekends. We have twenty (20) teams of five (5) who are trained in jigger treatment and management, wound treatment and wound care, hygiene education, family planning sensitization among other subjects that impact directly on the rural poor. Unfortunately due to lack of finances, we’re currently engaging only two (2) teams actively out of the twenty. We’re however lucky to have the trained manpower resource and when we get the needed financial muscle, they will be zooming into the field to help people with the expertise and experience they have.