Who are we: Kinga Africa is a registered non-governmental organisation based in Kenya. We are not for profit, with no religious or political affiliations. Established in 2011, we have since reached thousands of children through our smiles for a…
Kinga Africa is a registered Non Government, Not for Profit Organisation in Kenya. We have no political or religious affiliations. All our support staff are volunteers with a passion for education, health, community and empowering others.
Smiles For a Lifetime
This program aims to equip people, mostly children with good oral health practices and habits to help reduce and prevent dental problems. It also empowers teenage girls with knowledge and provide them with sanitary pads. This ensures that they do not miss school during menses.
Aims to deter the practice of removing children's teeth when they present with illness such as fever Reports indicate that there are strong cultural beliefs that the swelling in the area of the gums associated with the un-erupted cuspids (also referred to as ini, plastic teeth or nylon teeth) is a cause of persistent fever and diarrhea.
The word “Kinga” means to prevent or shield in Swahili.
Here at Kinga Africa, our aim is just that! To prevent future generations from making negative health choices. We aim to reduce health risks by teaching about and preventing long term health and hygiene issues before they arise. This will help empower families and communities to live healthier lives, and improve their quality of life.
My time with Kinga Africa was awe-inspiring. Coming into it, I had no idea what to expect. I went to support a close friend of mine, Francis Muthama, but what I witnessed was something larger than the two of us had ever expected. The rural villages we went to were filled with anxious children who lined the roads as we drove up. As we set up and started our education routine, it was obvious the children had never had access to even the most basic of hygiene resources- toothbrushes, toothpaste, and hand soap. They watched in awe as we instructed them on how to properly use them and what the benefits they bring to personal and community health. Francis really amazed me. It’s no coincidence that Kinga Africa’s goal is to bring smiles of a lifetime to Kenyan children; he perpetually emulates this goal by bringing selflessness, passion, and the biggest smile the world has witnessed to every site he goes to. While passing out our supplies to the children and teachers, the kids were taken aback by these seemingly foreign devices we were providing them. The more they learned how to use them, the more they smiled. Knowledge truly does facilitate happiness in Kinga Africa.
I have just got back to Sweden from a 3-month stay in Kenya. During this time I spent four weeks with Kinga Africa and throughout this time I got to see very many children, most of them who had never seen a white person. We held lessons about how to and why you should wash your hands and the same regarding tooth brushing. After the lessons the kids was provided with toothbrushes and soap and practiced their new knowledge out on the schoolyard. I also participated in a dental camp that was hosted by Kinga Africa. This was a great experience for me as a dental student. What Kinga Africa does is to raise the knowledge about how important it is to brush your teeth’s to be able to keep them at a higher age. Oral heath status in Kenya is still very poor and the best thing to prevent this in the future is information to the younger population. Thank you Kinga Africa and all the people I have worked with, and of course a special thanks to Francis.
I’d like to say a big thank you to „Kinga Africa“ team and especially to Francis He was our friend, brother and father. Working in clinic was different than in Lithuania, it was really hot, sometimes equipment did not work, but I saw a variety of different clinical cases and patients were thankful for a new smile, so it was the best gift for me.We have visited many schools, met many amazing children and educated children on healthy dental hygiene habits. I’ve got a feeling, it’s hard to explain. I was so happy. Volunteering in Kinga Africa was really great adventure for me, I met wonderful people and learned a lot from Kenya people. I still remember Jackie’s big smile, brown-eyed children, best tasting mangoes in the world…I am not first time volunteer, so I can recommend “Kinga Africa” like a high reliability organization. Volunteering helped me to find new friends, learn new skills.
We are committed to enhancing the health of communities in Africa. Our project involves holding hygiene lessons in schools, organizing free dental camps and fighting Infant Oral Mutilation. We have volunteer opportunities both in Kenya and where you are based (Volunteer at…