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Paths to Progress: What's Happening in Mombasa
Community Partner Highlights
Total War Against AIDS Youth Foundation (TWAAYF), an orphanage and youth organization, provides for children whose parents have perished from AIDS. Projects include building a poultry farm for improved nutrition and to raise education funds.
Faulu Kenya offers both savings and credit services to millions of Kenyans, directly engaging communities with knowledge, skills, and outreach. Their youth training program instituted a banking program for schools to develop good savings habits among students.
Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) promotes human rights and provides legal assistance for youth. The organization’s goal is to create a Kenya in which human rights principles are the guiding values of citizens and government.
An Introduction to the Island City
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya with roughly one million people. Situated on the Indian Ocean, Mombasa Island stretches onto the surrounding mainland and is Kenya’s main port and transport hub. The city is a major center of international trade and cultural diversity, yet struggles with a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, severe pollution, and extreme poverty. Corrupt governmental infrastructure continues to leave the country vulnerable to high-ranking criminal patterns and increased abuses of civil liberties. Human rights work, such as educational and empowerment trainings, counseling, provision of legal assistance, and awareness campaigns are some of the methods FSD uses to support its partner organizations. These efforts serve to shift oppressive cultural and governmental forces that limit development and community well being.
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Local language: Swahili
Topic: Artisanal industry
Intern: Scott Thomas Martin
Eco-Ethics International - Kenya and Intern Scott have joined forces to implement a pilot program to improve sea safety, boating knowledge and fishing capacity of artisanal fishermen. This triple-phase project aims to increase productivity and safety through workshops on basic engine maintenance, introduction to fiberglass boat repair, and basic sea survival skills.
Topic: Youth development
Intern: Aman Bali
Total War Against AIDS Youth Foundation and Aman have started a poultry farm to enhance nutrition of local youth, provide a portal for professional education, and generate revenue to support TWAAYF's ongoing efforts. This three-pronged approach is directed at foster youth who will learn how to care for chickens and make a profit from the sale of eggs.
George Agarn, Program Director
George has worked for over 12 years with numerous community-based organizations and NGOs to facilitate development solutions and social empowerment. His efforts have made a substantial impact in the development sector in Mombasa. In addition to earning his diploma in Community Development and Project Management, George has founded and served on the board of several of FSD's community partners.