{ How We Help }

 
Our work is based around the UN’S eight thematic Millennium Development Goals.

1) Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger

By establishing successful poultry farms we have been able to ensure orphans and vulnerable children receive an egg a day with excess eggs sold to make the projects sustainable. Our investment in sound social enterprise means community resources and salaries can be funded.

By planting vegetables at Abimbo Community Centre and giving seeds and saplings to impoverished families we have improved nutrition and reduced hunger.

By financially supporting the community to build a borehole we have brought a clean water source to subsistence farming families.

By instigating table-banking initiatives and skills training workshops, we have reduced poverty and increased the capacity of rural community members’, particularly vulnerable women.

By running a feeding programme for orphans and vulnerable children we’ve ensured children who were otherwise eating three to four times a week are now eating a nutritious meal every day.

2) Achieve Universal Primary Education

By building Uzima School in Abimbo and funding three teachers, we’ve ensured children who would otherwise not receive an early education, are getting the best possible start in life.

By providing safe spaces, female toilets and social work support and by giving sanitary towels and school packs to girls, we are keeping girls in primary education and promoting the importance of secondary education whilst removing the barriers stopping school attendance.

By funding a teacher from South Sudan to train as a Teacher for Primary School Teachers at Nairobi University.

By sensitively promoting girls education to families who had previously not seen the benefits of school for their daughters.

By providing a clean local water source for the village young women no longer have to spend time collecting water which prevented them attending school.

3) Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

UNESCO estimates in sub-Saharan Africa, if all women completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by 70%, saving almost 50,000 lives. By investing in rural girl’s education we are improving their survival rates.

By running Gender Based Violence workshops with a professional UK volunteer we have equipped women in Abimbo and the surrounding areas with confidence and skills to manage complex abusive relationships.

By teaching 12 girls in Abimbo how to make reusable sanitary towels and to pass their knowledge on, we’ve enabled vulnerable young women to take control of their own health and limited income. Previously girls have been selling their bodies in return for money to buy sanitary protection.

By running capacity building workshops and developing existing support networks we’ve worked alongside local women to ensure they are more productive, more technologically capable and more empowered to provide for themselves and their families and to make safer choices, for example in allowing their children to be vaccinated.

By training 6 teachers from Abimbo Primary School in Gender Equality we’re helping spread understanding and confidence.

By supporting local male staff to promote Behaviour Change Communication programmes amongst male community members and visiting transient fishermen.

By recognising the role of men in empowering women we’re able to encourage men to support their wives, mothers and daughters to be strong, self sufficient and fulfilled. By running football matches and music outreach projects we’ve been able to engage hard to reach young men.

4) Reduce Child Mortality

By providing an emergency vehicle for the community of Abimbo, we’ve been able to get children to hospital and local clinics when they’ve needed care.

By establishing a Sick Bay at Abimbo Community Centre we’ve promoted health and hygiene amongst orphaned and vulnerable children in the village and have trained up local staff to monitor and record children’s vital information. Wounds have been treated, as have minor infections, which had previously led to blood poisoning.

By actively promoting health education to rural families who would otherwise not receive such messages, we are improving children’s health. We’ve been promoting the drinking of boiled water, basic hygiene practices, good nutrition and adherence to ARV therapies and regular CD4 count checks for children with HIV AIDS.

By creating a 9 bed respite centre for children who have been orphaned or who are in crisis, we’re ensuring the most vulnerable children in Abimbo village are protected and their health and wellbeing monitored.

By providing donations of clean underwear and shoes to all orphans in Abimbo we’ve reduced the number of infections children have had.

By supplying uniform we gain rural schools government recognition, which entitles pupils to free vaccinations including Polio.

5) Improve Maternal Health

By providing a vehicle to take pregnant women from the villages to the clinics, we improved access to maternal health services and reduced the number of women using risky traditional birthing techniques.

By educating young women on problems associated with childbirth when very young, we’re hoping to prevent young teen pregnancy and the accompanying risks.

6) Combat HIV/Malaria and Other Diseases

HIV positive women in Abimbo were passing on HIV to their unborn children due to being unable to reach the clinics and access the free anti-transmission drugs. By providing a vehicle to take pregnant women to clinics for checks and free drug therapy, fewer babies are contracting the disease from their mothers.

By providing mosquito nets to every orphan in Abimbo village we have reduced the number of incidents of Malaria in vulnerable children.

By providing training and IGA’s for unemployed mothers we are helping to increase the family’s capacity and budget for medicines and healthcare.

7) Ensure Environmental Sustainability

By installing electricity systems and solar panels we’re aiming to reduce the number of trees cut down for fuel and light and the dependency on dirty kerosene lamps.

By lobbying the local government for sustainable solutions to rubbish removal other than combustion, we’re hoping to improve the environment.

By planting trees and nutrient rich seeds, we’re aiming to improve the quality of the soil and yields for future generations around Lake Victoria.

By putting environmental sustainability as a concern in all our interventions we tread lightly on the earth and make sure we always opt for the kindest environmental approach (for example, by making reusable sanitary protection rather than donating throw-away towels and reusing our building materials as best we can).

8) Global Partnership for Development

By advocating for the most vulnerable people and promoting honest, transparent dialogue and communication we’ve been able to act as an example against a backdrop of political corruption and inequality.

By promoting school partnerships between the UK and Kenya we’re equipping children with the desire and understanding to be fully global citizens.

By sending volunteers from the UK, Australia, French Guyana and France to rural Kenya, we’re cultivating collaborative, mutually beneficial learning relationships between nations and cultures.

Our funding partnership with UCL’s School of Pharmacy Committee, culminating in a Multi-Ethnic Celebration at The Shaw Theatre, London highlighted our role as a diverse, non-partisan, non-religious organization empowering everyone to make a difference to their world.

All, but one, of our Trustees has volunteered in the villages we carry out activities, so our governance board understands the environment and issues. Two Trustees spent half a year living at Abimbo Community Centre and now feel able to advocate for our vulnerable services users there.