One Village At A Time

One Village At A Time (OVAAT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-government organization (NGO) whose mission is to create small, sustainable programs for AIDS orphans and their villages in Nambale and Siaya, Kenya, with the final goal being that each village is able to create its own resources for feeding, clothing, and educating itself. Our Sustainable School Feeding Program helps three schools and their communities become self-sustaining. We impact about 7,500 people. One Village initiated its program in the Busia District of Nambale because of its extreme poverty: 70% of its residents in the district live on less than $1 a day. The impact of the AIDS pandemic in Kenya has been catastrophic....
May 10, 2013

Our girls taking the lead

Girls attending a life skills session
Girls attending a life skills session

Got Oyenga Primary School epitomizes the work done by One Village At A Time. 

Got Oyenga Primary School in Siaya, Kenya, has 8 teachers employed by the government and 4 others who are paid by the parents. It boasts about 600 pupils. Just this year, Got Oyenga started a secondary school with assistance from local leaders and community contributions. Due to high demand, the only secondary school in the community enrolls 26 students.

Life skills sessions for adolescent girls are held regularly in the school. Attendance is always high and the girls themselves propose topics for learning. The teachers actively participate in these forums.

Some girls are purchasing pads one at a time. Reusable sanitary towels are given to the most needy teenage girls. Your contributions to One Village At A Time provide reusable sanitary pads that allow girls to stay in school full time instead of missing one week a month during their menses. We’ve found that in schools where girls receive sanitary pads, they are more confident, more vocal, and more empowered.

Girls in Got Oyenga are not allowed to drop out during pregnancy. This is a strategy by the headmaster, who says it has helped reduce pregnancy incidences.

Because of your contributions, our girls are becoming community leaders. Thank you!  

Feb 19, 2013

Empowering girls and women in Kenya is not enough

Empowering girls and women in Kenya is not enough. As a responsible small nonprofit, one of my goals as Executive Director is to see that young women are brought into positions of power in our organization. At present, our board consists of members who are under 40 years old, most of whom are women around 30 years old. 

While Global Giving has and continues to help us raise the funds needed for the girls and women in Kenya, we cannot rely upon them alone. We have a dynamic team of women who planned and executed a fundraiser on Feb. 12, 2013. Their skills at marketing, social media, and planning events are extraordinary. 

I believe that too many nonprofit organizations rely on the same people to sit on different boards. I believe that they can rely too heavily on older people with “contacts” who will bring in the large donations. And that is probably true. But if we are to survive and raise a philanthropic nation, we must encourage the young. We must give them the opportunities to sit on boards, know how a 501©(3) works, and listen and incorporate their “out of the box thinking.” We do that at One Village at a Time.


Jan 19, 2013

Empowering girls in Kenya

"Chakre wachak yudo pads tinde pok aleo ne skul, asomo matek kendo an gi chir mar somo. Pads omiyo tinde arito ler kendo wiya ok kuodi."  Lillian, a student at Nina Primary School, speaking in Dholuo, says that since she began using sanitary pads she has not missed school, she works hard in class, and she has gained self-confidence. She also notes that she has improved her personal hygiene and no longer hides during her menses.

The key to keeping Kenyan girls in school is to make sure they have the necessary supplies, including sanitary pads and panties. Without pads, the girls miss one week of school every month. 

Because of your generous donations through our GlobalGiving project, “Keep 627 Girls in Siaya, Kenya,” One Village At A Time is able to provide our girls with sanitary pads and panties, allowing the girls to get the vital education they deserve.

"Tangu nianze kutumia pads, harufu mbaya imeisha, nashukuru sana kwani haipiti kwa nguo." “Since I started using pads, there is no bad odor. I'm very grateful because my menses don’t leak to my clothes,” Wilfreda, a student at Nangeni Primary, says in Swahili.

We’ve found that the girls who have received pads and panties are more confident; they feel empowered to speak up in class. Educated girls are less likely to get pregnant and more likely to finish secondary school and support their families. When you educate a girl, you change the life of the village!

Thank you for your support!