Children of the Nyumbani HomeNyumbani Children

The three primary diseases of poverty are AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Developing nations account for 95% of the global AIDS prevalence, 98% of active tuberculosis infections; 90% of malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Together, these three diseases account for 10% of global mortalities.

Three additional diseases, measles, pneumonia, and diarrheal diseases are also closely associated with poverty, and are often included with AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis in broader definitions and discussions of diseases of poverty. Finally, infant and maternal mortalities are far more prevalent among the poor. For example, 98% of the 11,600 daily maternal and neo-natal deaths occur in developing nations. Together diseases of poverty kill approximately 14 million people annually.

The Story of Mungai
The Heart of the Village, Inc. Helping Directly

MungaiMungai visiting the Whitehouse

On a recent trip to Kenya, Tomi brought back more than 500 lb. of beads. She also commissioned a special bead, a cochlea, both as a tribute to her Audiology profession and a symbol of the Heart of the Village, Inc. pledge to contribute to improved health care for victims of poverty worldwide. This bead takes on special significance because of HOTV’s most recent project. A Nyumbani resident, eleven-year-old Mungai, has come to the US to receive a cochlear implant.

An active, friendly and curious preteen, Mungai grew up with normal speech and hearing and was deafened secondary to meningitis in 2004. In late 2006, Heart of the Village, Inc. joined a small group of interested parties working on a plan to get him the help that he could not get in sub-Saharan Africa. Mungai’s surgery is supported in part from the proceeds of Tomi’s ICareIWear jewelry donation campaign. The cochlea bead will increase awareness of hearing care needs both for members of the Audiology profession and others who wish to help through their donations.