In collaboration with Ahadi Kenya Trust, Lotto Foundation tackles the issue of jigger infestation,
visiting homesteads across Kenya to educatefamily members on prevention and control of Tunga
Pentrans, commonly referred to as the jigger, and to assist with and monitor the treatment process.
Aside from its obvious effects on health, jigger infestation also negatively impacts education as
children are unable to walk to school, write properly, or participate in normal learning activities at
the same level as unaffected children. This, coupled with the intimidating ridicule and stigma they receive from their peers, leads to lower self-esteem, repeated absenteeism from school, and in some
cases, permanent withdrawal from the education system.
This path has devastating affects on the children in the long term. Statistics from Ahadi Kenya Trust, in partnership with the Ministry of Education indicate that over 1.8 million children are infected with jiggers, with more than 10% of them permanently withdrawing from education as a result. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 11,500,000 to the Jigger treatment project.