Every girl in the world deserves an education, safety, and dignity. That includes access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene products and awareness about health as it relates to the female body. For the millions of women living in extreme poverty, sanitary supplies and education about reproduction are not part of their world. It also means they don't leave the house and miss up to 2 months of school a year. The poverty cycle can be broken when girls stay in school. This is why we have partnered with Days for Girls to provide reusable sanitary supplies and health education. What does this mean for girls? Read what 3 Kenyan women have to say.Read more
To celebrate our 40th Anniversary, my wife Cindy and I wanted to do something meaningful and fun, so we chose a volunteer vacation. We traveled to Africa with a purpose in mind – to help build a school in Mungano, a small village outside Mombasa, Kenya. It turned out to be a trip of a lifetime.
There has been a lot of talk about what is going on with the Kenya Presidential vote in the news. It can be hard to understand without the context from a local. So our CHOICE Kenya team has put together an update on the situation.Read more
On behalf of the staff, Board of Trustees, and the tens of thousands of villagers whose lives you have helped improve thank you for being a part of the CHOICE Humanitarian family. Together, we reached new heights in 2016, and we owe this success to you for two reasons. First, you believe that extreme poverty can and should end in our lifetime. And second, you trust that CHOICE Humanitarian is the organization best suited to achieve this goal. Quite simply, you are the reason CHOICE continues to flourish and, on behalf of the entire CHOICE team, we can't thank you enough. Impact highlights.
Can a rural Kenyan community of thousands of people not living in close proximity take an active role in their health and health-related development issues?
There are people in this world that do crazy, unthinkable things to make the world a better place. Elijah is one of those people doing crazy things. He lives in the Silaloni area of Kenya - outside of Mombasa. Kenya is one of the countries where many people live on less than $1.90 a day. Extreme poverty is defined by the World Bank as living on an average of US $1.90 a day or less. Families in these conditions represent well over a billion people on the planet, with nearly double that amount living on less than just $2.50. But, poverty is more than a lack of income. Extreme poverty is multidimensional.
A community that achieves change through its own effort will always feel more powerful and they will always be eager to generate more change. CHOICE Kenya’s journey to create more self developing villages has been gradual but manifesting good results.
The Community Based Education Trust Fund (COBETF) program is a practical experience of communities supporting education of their children in secondary schools through parents contributing more than $715 within a duration of one year.Read more
Out of Omar and his nine siblings, only four have a secondary education and Omar is the only one with a post-secondary education. A teacher saw his potential and helped him continue his studies where he received a scholarship from CHOICE Kenya. Director “Mama Rita” went on to help him navigate college. Omar now teaches in Sambururu and is able to support his extended family and provide career guidance to local youth. Pongezi Omar!
Clean water saves lives. Women and children spend up to 4 hours a day collecting water. The journey, which could include encounters with dangerous animals or men, can be as dangerous as the quality of the water. And this taken away from education and economic development.Read more
Mwenda Ngonyo is the 6th born in a family of 9. Three brothers and six sisters. Her parents are both alive but very old and cannot support her education. Mwenda Ngonyo completed her primary education in the year 2013. She was eligible to continue on to Secondary school, but unfortunately she could not pay her school fees. She was forced to leave school.Read more