St John Ambulance, Embu
Established in 1923, St John Ambulance is an all-volunteer charity organization that provides first aid and ambulance services throughout Kenya, especially in rural districts like Embu in central Kenya. It’s mission is to ensure that every household with first aid, essential emergency services to help save lives and ensure the provision of healthcare in local communities. St John Ambulance now has a volunteer network of 22,000 individuals who provide time, skills and money to help people in need.
The organization has evolved over its history and now provides additional services including emergency preparedness training, disaster and emergency response, youth development, and support for maternal health. For example, St John Ambulance has made safe pregnancy one of its top priorities because thousands of women in Kenya die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and child birth. The group works with women and communities empowering them with resources and information to help save mothers’ lives and reduce morbidity of infants and children.