Team Kenya

Background Team Kenya was registered as a UK charity in February 2008. We are a small but very effective organization that works with partners in Kenya to empower disadvantaged communities to overcome poverty, injustice and inequality .Our team consist of Kenyan and UK experts in the fields of development, education and the environment who have been involved in our projects since 1999. We do not employ any UK staff, and all administration in the UK is carried out by unpaid volunteers. TK works in close partnership with the local community, the District Commissioner's office, local Government Education and Health offices. NCEDP, KWDI and Team Kenya Trust grew out of a desire to empower th...

Team Kenya
15 Park View
Wideopen
Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside NE136LH
United Kingdom
+44 (0)191 2364931
http://www.teamkenya.org.uk

Board of Directors

VALERIE WILSON, MAIRE KENNAN, ANKUR GUPTA, PHILIP BENNETT, ALICIA JEANS, CLAIRE THOMPSON, JOHN AUSTERBERRY

Mission

Background Team Kenya was registered as a UK charity in February 2008. We are a small but very effective organization that works with partners in Kenya to empower disadvantaged communities to overcome poverty, injustice and inequality .Our team consist of Kenyan and UK experts in the fields of development, education and the environment who have been involved in our projects since 1999. We do not employ any UK staff, and all administration in the UK is carried out by unpaid volunteers. TK works in close partnership with the local community, the District Commissioner's office, local Government Education and Health offices. NCEDP, KWDI and Team Kenya Trust grew out of a desire to empower the community and enhance their capacity and skills. All four organizations are inextricably connected by their aims and activities. All projects in Kenya are managed by the community with support from professional Kenyans employed on their behalf by Team Kenya and its partners Purpose Team Kenya works with others to empower communities in Western Kenya to overcome poverty, injustice and inequality. We do this by encouraging sustainable development and the use of appropriate technologies and by providing training and advice. Who are we? We are an independent organization registered as a charity, with partners, volunteers and supporters in the UK and Kenya. We act as an umbrella organization for other community groups in Western Kenya providing a forum for the sharing & exchange of information. We develop program's & solutions that empower people. What do we do? Provide support to communities in Western Kenya particularly Ndhiwa Community Empowerment and Development Project and Karibuni Women's Development Initiative Empower communities to develop capacity and skills with particular emphasis on girls and women Promote sustainable development by encouraging preservation, conservation, protection of the environment and prudent use of resources, allowing communities to achieve sustainable economic growth and regeneration. Our values Equity and justice Inclusiveness Accountability Empowerment Mutual respect Our approach and beliefs The lives of all human beings are of equal value. We promote equality of opportunity for everyone, (irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, colour, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion) whilst acknowledging women and girls are especially disadvantaged With the right resources, support and training people living in Western Kenya can solve their own problems. Objects 1. THE RELIEF OF FINANCIAL AND SOCIAL HARDSHIP AMONG PEOPLE LIVING OR WORKING IN WESTERN KENYA, BY PROVIDING SUCH PERSONS WITH GOODS AND SERVICES WHICH THEY COULD NOT OTHERWISE AFFORD THROUGH LACK OF MEANS Activities The provision of goods and services to individuals, schools and community groups, particularly the Ndhiwa Community Empowerment and Development Project (NCEDP) and Karibuni Womens Development Initiaitve 2.TO DEVELOP THE CAPACITY AND SKILLS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITY IN WESTERN KENYA, IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY ARE BETTER ABLE TO IDENTIFY, AND HELP MEET THEIR NEEDS AND TO PARTICIPATE MORE FULLY IN SOCIETY Activities The provision of services to the community through community based organisations, particularly Ndhiwa Community Empowerment & Development Project (Registered CBO 2006) and the Ndhiwa Community Resource Centre, by developing structures which enable community members to be better placed to co-operate with each other, deal with organizations in the wider community& participate more fully in society 3. TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY, BY THE RELIEF OF POVERTY AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE CONDITIONS OF LIFE, BY THE PRESERVATION, CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE PRUDENT USE OF RESOURCES, AND BY THE PROMOTION OF SUSTAINABLE MEANS OF ACHIEVING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGENERATION. (SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MEANS 'DEVELOPMENT WHICH MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE PRESENT WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE ABILITY OF FUTURE GENERATIONS TO MEET THEIR OWN NEEDS'.) Monitor and evaluate such programmes in terms of raised standard of living of individuals, improved quality of life, changes in individual and community groups' behaviour and the environmental impact. NCEDP Vision: An empowered community free from poverty and injustices where appropriate technology is used to benefit all. Mission: To facilitate dissemination of information to the youth and the wider community through training, advice and support to enhance sustainable development. Strategy: We seek to do this by identifying critical needs, facilitating appropriate planning, organizing training for capacity building on ICTs, promoting self-reliance and sustainability. Programs include Health, Youth Development & Recreation, Gender and Development, Training and Networking & Capacity building, Food Security and Marketing Objectives a. To facilitate literacy on Information Technology through training to the youth and the wider community. b. To enhance leadership, business and financial management skills within the community. c. To provide relevant information to the community through provision of Internet services, a reference library, and any other media. d. To network with other relevant organizations and institutions for partnership and information exchange. e. To promote awareness on civic, gender and any other rights. Karibuni Womens Development Initiative (KWDI) was registered as a CBO in 2009 and operates from Karibuni Eco-Centre, to serve women and girls from disadvantaged and marginalized backgrounds by building their capacities to improve their own quality of life and achieve social and environmental justice. .Achieving sustainable development requires the participation of women and girls as equal development partners. KWDI are an exclusively women only organization, supported by a professional Project Coordinator whose salary is currently paid by Team Kenya. Team Kenya Trust was founded in 2009 as an emerging institution out of the extensive work that had been done by Team Kenya (UK) in Kenya. It was established to provide an organization which would provide local Kenya leadership and management for a sustainable future for TKs projects in the community including Karibuni Eco- Centre .The board currently consists of 2 Kenyan and 2 UK trustees

Programs

Our programs: Eco-Tourism and Natural Resource Management - Karibuni eco cottages Advocacy on Girl Child Rights and Women's Empowerment. Girls support group and KWDI Food Security and Nutrition. Community Empowerment through building capacities on sustainable development UK/Kenya global school partnerships Sponsored students Fair Trade & Ecotourism Principles at Karibuni Eco-cottages The Karibuni eco-cottages exist to be a catalyst that enables the community in Ndhiwa to have a sustainable future. In particular, the focus is on empowering women and girls. It is based on principles of fair trade and adheres to a strict environmental code of practice. Tourism that ensures local people actually benefit from the tourism industry that thrives on their culture, history, land, natural resources and labour. This means employing people locally, paying fair wages, providing safe and happy working environments. Profits:100% of Karibuni's profits are invested in community projects in Ndhiwa. Employment: We employ only local people from Ndhiwa and provide training for local women and girls in the tourism and hospitality industries and pay fair wages. Supplying goods and services locally: We procure nearly everything needed in the day-to-day running of Karibuni from in and around Ndhiwa. Local construction methods and building materials were used and the buildings are capable of being readily repaired and maintained. The building process developed local capabilities and empowers local people with new skills, knowledge and techniques. Establishment and running of tourism enterprises by the local community: Karibuni was established by and is managed by women from Ndhiwa community with help and support from experts in the tourism industry from Team Kenya. The cottages and its infra-structure is discreet and does not dominate the landscape. The design process involved local consultation on design, materials, construction methods & location. Advocacy on Girl Child Rights and Women's Empowerment Girl Support Groups empowers girls through participation in activities such as guidance and counselling, trainings, sewing lessons, ICT Training, Sports, Creative Writing. All the activities are geared towards boosting the self-esteem of girls as well as providing them with necessary knowledge and life skills. Padi Bora Project involves the making of cotton reusable sanitary towels. The objective for starting the project was to mainly keep the girl child in school throughout the school going days and to help minimise the cases of girls having sex with older men to obtain sanitary towels. (survival sex) Girls' Football Project geared towards promoting Behaviour Change Communication in the fight against HIV/AIDS is aimed at boosting the self-esteem of girls as well as providing a platform for the girls to learn basic life skills all aimed towards the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is a project had some external funding from Nike Red. Okoa Binti Girls' Safe House provides a comfortable home environment for the vulnerable or disadvantaged girls in the community to enable them access equal opportunities as other girls Sponsored Students and the Scholarship Program facilitates the provision of secondary education to Orphans and Vulnerable Children from Ndhiwa Community. School fees for needy and bright students from the community paid by the organisation. The students get extra support though the Homework Club. Support (financial, moral and psychological) for vulnerable girls in primary school Further details The Girls Football Project which was funded by NIKE red from July 2010- July 2011 clearly targeted young people (predominantly girls) and wider community of the rural Ndhiwa District. The rate of absolute poverty in Ndhiwa is over 60% according to some estimates. The economy is largely based on subsistence farming. 97% schools and homes do not have electricity or running water and sanitation is very poor. It has the highest infant mortality rate in Kenya. 50% of all new cases of HIV infections are among young girls aged between 15-24 years. Rates of HIV/AIDS in Ndhiwa are currently estimated at 50%. Girls aged 15-19 years are five times more likely to be HIV positive than boys of their age. Gender discrimination, gender based violence and human rights violation are widespread, traditional practices such as wife inheritance and polygamy which contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS are still being practiced, lack of education and extreme poverty contribute to widespread injustice against girls and young women. Myth and lack of education lead to belief that 'unprotected sex with a virgin will cure or prevent HIV/AIDS in a man'. The dropout rate from primary schools and absenteeism of girls is very high with only a very few girls progressing to secondary. This one year project was expected to realize positive changes in the Ndhiwa society in terms of girls and the society at large changing their behaviors amidst efforts to reduce cases of HIV infections in the community and especially amongst teenagers who are the worst affected. The main operational starting focus was on NCEDP's five partner schools and Karibuni Girl Support Group. Football was (is still) used as a central rallying point to attract young girls and boys, using this critical medium to educate them on the dangers in the common deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) The motives of the project were as follows: 1. To establish a network of girls' and young women's football teams and leagues in primary & secondary schools and the community, as a means to engage the community to raise the profiles of girls throughout the district and integrate HIV education into normal school practices alongside football . To provide the right context for proven HIV prevention methodologies 2. To use enjoyment and success in football to keep girls in primary schools, reducing the dropout rate and increase the number of girls reaching high school, going on to be better educated and well informed members of the community at greatly reduced risk from exposure to HIV/AIDS. Also providing opportunities for girls of different ages to meet and interact so that messages about safe sexual practices and health awareness are disseminated and 3. To organise regular football tournaments alongside health awareness events to provide a forum for sharing and exchanging ideas and information and opportunities for leadership and to promote female responsibility in sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention and family planning 4. Use existing networks of youth and women groups to recruit and train volunteer coaches, physical trainers, nutritionist, managers, and physiotherapist to encourage whole community involvement 5. To work in partnership with Karibuni Women's Development Initiative to provide opportunities for exchange of ideas between the girls, young adults and women and to provide girls with access to sanitary protection thus increasing school attendance and the opportunity to regularly participate in football training and matches 6. Provide information in accessible and interesting format (using ICT) about HIV/AIDS and sexual health via Ndhiwa Community Resource Centre during weekly 'girls only session'. Use the centre as an access point for linkages to peer mentors and HIV /AIDs professionals and local services, giving vulnerable girls a safe space in which to voice their concerns and also providing opportunities for ICT and business skills training Since its inception, over 245 girls and 110 boys have been recruited as football players for age group ranging from 9 - 24 years, 30 volunteer peer educators have been trained to conduct peer education sessions with girls' football teams at tournaments. Another 260 participants were exclusively involved in reproductive health talks. To gather a better understanding of the current expertise, attitudes and practices of young girls, women and boys targeted by the NIKE project, and the perceptions of the community regarding current interventions, there was about a total of 640 direct beneficiaries and 8154 indirect beneficiaries All our findings from both quantitative and qualitative sources all identified identical problems affecting the girl child in all our partner schools and indeed in Ndhiwa district. The community stakeholders, teachers, staff and parents openly admitted that boys were more likely to receive educational support rather than girls among families with limited resources. These was attributed to traditional thinking that girls will eventually get married and leave, that they should naturally be responsible for looking after the home, be domesticated in looking after the 'man' of the house eventually after marriage, and run errands at home. The latter is a strongly held belief and tradition amongst the community in Ndhiwa. This has resulted to the low esteem of girls as they feel that they are not worthy. Activities also include : Peer Mentoring Training . Reproductive Health Talks and Voluntary Counselling Testing The reproductive health sessions involved either one on one counselling or group counselling of the target group to equip them with factual and in-depth information regarding reproductive health issues.

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