Through the generous support of our donors and partners around the world, Kenya Works is creating lasting opportunity for individuals and communities throughout Kenya. Here are some of our accomplishments of 2016:
In 2016, Kenya Works partnered with 139 schools and women’s groups throughout Kenya with our Makini Pad. Our reusable, eco-friendly Makini Pad is giving girls a safe and effective way to manage their menses, while building their self-esteem and academic futures.
The Kenya Works Makini Pad production line is employing 20 Kenyans with a living wage which is bringing financial security and stability to their families.
Our solar lantern distribution has now reached over 1000 families replacing the damaging health and economic burden of kerosene lanterns, the typical lighting source in Kenya. Our renewable and reliable lanterns enhance good health, security and educational opportunities along with family financial savings.
Over 350 community leaders from around Kenya have been trained in our Kenya Works Community Works forums focusing on abuse awareness, positive communication and parenting, and community empowerment. Those trained go back into their own communities with the commitment to share the important information learned, continuing the ripple effect of building positive connections and empowerment for all.
At least 46 percent of Kenyans live below the poverty line which makes it difficult to pay school fees for both private and public secondary schools. Kenya Works is providing secondary school scholarships for 70 orphaned and vulnerable children. In addition, their families or guardians receive social support and guidance. More than 250 additional students are getting primary school fees and needed materials to support their academic future.
237 students (pre-k through class 8) are sponsored at VICODEC which includes school fees, feeding program, school materials and uniform, healthcare, parent support group and psychosocial support for the entire family system.
With our partners, we are feeding 3200 children/day a nutritious meal.
Kenya’s HIV/AIDS rate among adults is 6.3 percent versus 0.6 percent in the United States. All the school and organizations receiving the Makini Pad receive educational materials focusing on puberty, hygiene, risky behavior, HIV/AIDS, and building positive self esteem. This program is shared with premenstrual as well as menstruating girls which means, at a minimum, 50,000 girls are receiving this life saving information.
The Kenya unemployment rate is hovering at 40 percent. In 2016, we facilitated community entrepreneurship and business training activities for 250 men and women promoting self-sufficiency.
Schools are vastly underfunded resulting in large class size, lack of materials and dilapidated learning environments. We have partnered with numerous public and private institutions improving environments for children to be safe, learn and thrive.
Ethnicity is diverse in Kenya with more than 40 different ethnic groups. Kenya Works is collaborating with organizations and communities throughout Kenya on projects that unite people from various ethnicities to work for common goals. The result has been a fundamentally improved attitude toward other ethnic communities.