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
Why is gender equity in impoverished communities so important? Because extreme poverty is sexist! Women in poor communities bear almost the entire responsibility for providing the basic needs for their families, yet are largely left without resources, freedom, and decision-making power required to fulfill these needs. CHOICE Humanitarian is committed to programs that empower women to take an active and equal role in community-level leadership that can break the cycle of poverty.Read more