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Paths to Progress: What's Happening in Kakamega
Community Partner Highlights
Divine Providence Children's Home supports orphans through educational opportunities and positive nutrition. The organization offers a sponsorship program to assist youth with school fees and has developed a student leadership program.
Send a Cow aims to empower communities to become self-sustaining farming institutions with good health/hygiene practices, income security, and enough food. The organization also promotes HIV/AIDS awareness and gender equity.
Western Education Advocacy and Empowerment Program (WEAEP) supports marginalized groups through psychosocial support, skills training, and advocacy. A volunteer-run organization, WEAEP empowers women and children through literacy programs and microfinance initiatives.
Introduction to the East African Village
The town of Kakamega is situated on the edge of world renowned rainforest, not far from Lake Victoria. Along with its exceptional natural beauty, Kakamega offers an authentic representation of East African village life. Yet, two-thirds of the region’s population falls below the poverty line, directly relying upon the water and land resources surrounding their communities. With seventy-five percent of the workforce engaged in agriculture, Kenyan farmers face growing problems of soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution, and desertification. FSD's community partners focus on sustainable technologies to combat environmental degradation--as well as healthcare measures that target pressing medical issues. The situation with HIV/AIDS is particularly striking in the Kakamega region, where awareness levels remain low and medical facilities are few and far between.
Avg. temperature: Low 62ºF / High 85ºF
Local language: Swahili
Topic: Health and Appropriate Technology
Intern: Anita Williams
The Iguhu County Hospital and Intern Anita Williams are combining the use of modern technology with public health data collection in a Mobile Application Initiative. The initiative is to allow Community Health Volunteers to submit data immediately through their own mobile phones, instead of recording on paper and submitting monthly.
Organization: Divine Providence
Topic: Youth and Education
Intern: Sarah Rapaport
Divine Providence and Intern Sarah Rapaport are making great use of their resources to harvest a love for extracurricular reading in their library. Through the introduction of a reading club, and sorting their books more efficiently (text books v.s. story books and by class level), children of all ages are able to enhance their reading skills.
Peter Khamusali Ingosi, Program Director
Peter is a long-time advocate of grassroots development in his home village of Shikokho, Kenya and has more than ten years of experience working in the private, public, and NGO sectors. Peter holds a degree in Sustainable Development and a Masters in Community Development and brings his dedication, passion, and experience working at the local, national, and international levels to his work. Peter recently held a community development training using FSD's model for a group of Kenyans and U.S. students starting their own NGO in a neighboring town.