Volunteer guides young couple to happy parenthood

Stephen Chepchieng and Phyllis Jelagat with baby Hanking and Mary Kipyegon (right), a community volunteer who encouraged them to seek antenatal care.

Phyllis Jelegat was confused when she realized she was pregnant.  She had just moved in with the father of her child, Stephen Chepchieng, a final year forestry student at university. 

Her parents were unhappy with her decision.

The young couple approached Leah Kipchumba, an elderly shopkeeper at the market, where they had rented a one-bedroom house,  for help because.  They had seen many people consult her and believed she could advise them.

Leah is a community-based health volunteer trained with support from USAID’s Afya Uzazi to promote the health of mothers and young children.

Says Phyllis: “I was afraid, but she listened to us and escorted us to the clinic.”

The CHV encouraged Phyllis and she attended antenatal clinic four times.

“I experienced labour pains at 8pm and called Leah. She escorted us to hospital,” Phyllis recalls.

That night, she gave birth to a baby boy.

Back home, Leah visited regularly and taught them how to care for the baby.