Apr 20, 2021

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRESS REPORT.

Women empowerment program is one of The Ngao Foundation’s pillar programs. It involves activities which are aimed at empacting women with knowledge and skills to make them better. The women use these skills to improve their livelihood and the general family’s wellbeing. These activities include: soap making, hair dressing, tailoring and mat making. Each activity has its own group members.  This report will highlight the progress made in each activity.

Hair Dressing: This group consists of 21 members and 2 trainers. The trainers take the entire group through the course outline. The group members meet on a daily basis, Monday to Friday. The Foundation provides learning materials and training facilities to ensure that no one is left behind especially those interested.

 During the sessions not only does women learn about hairdressing. It also provides platform for them to talk and share ideas on various issues affecting them in Kangemi slums, topics like gender-based violence especially on women are discussed.

Mat making: The mat making group consists of 15 members they meet every Monday and Thursday. One of the members volunteered to teach fellow colleagues about mat making. In this group, members have completed majority of the workload. The Ngao Foundation is in the process of providing them business training skills so that they can create their own market once they have completed mat making process.

Liquid Soap Making: The aim of this activity is to provide knowledge and skills on how to make liquid soap local. The women are involved in selling the product. This activity has been able to benefit 20 women and the target is to reach 100 before the end of the year. Women search for the market themselves, the money gained is split into two, where a small portion is returned to the foundation for the purpose of purchasing raw materials.

Tailoring group:The Tailoring group consists of 19 members, they meet every Wednesday and Saturday. At first these women were taught how to operate the sewing machine since majority of them were knew to all of this. So far, they have gained the basic skills on making Hemmings and button holes. These women are also offered a platform to interact with each and discuss ways in which they can improve their lives either by establishing a saving group or learning how to invest.


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Apr 5, 2021

Safe Clean Drinking Water to Households in Kangemi

Supporting Household with Clean Water
Supporting Household with Clean Water

It has been our desire to work with you in supporting families/household access safe clean drinking water. Water is a fundamental human need. It is believed that everyone is able to access safe clean drinking water at any point in the community. That each person on Earth requires at least 20 to 50 litres of clean, safe water a day for drinking, cooking, and simply keeping themselves clean. Millions of people are not able to access clean water and even many just accessing this important commodity is a big struggle. True that polluted water isn’t just dirty—it’s deadly. Tens of millions of people particularly children are seriously sickened by a host of water-related ailments—many of which are easily preventable.

In our implementation period, The Ngao Foundation just learned that Education suffers when sick children miss school. Economic opportunities are routinely lost to the impacts of rampant illness and the time-consuming processes of acquiring water where it is not readily available. Children and women bear the brunt of these burdens.

In Kangemi, water runs into the taps only three days a week coupled with frequent shortages. Households store water in plastic containers and/or any form available and convenient to the individual household. During water shortage, women are out looking for this commodity and it doesn’t matter the quality or the source of the water at this point. Against this backdrop, The Ngao Foundation has installed three big water storage tanks plus a complete water Ultra filtration system to continuously provide safe clean water to the community.

Our target is to serve the community with 20 litres bottles and water dispensing hand press pumps with the aim of reaching 2000 households. So far, we have managed to serve 60 households, this means it is just the beginning of the journey to reach our expected target. Most of the households we served have maintained the spirit of taking safe clean drinking water by refilling at our water refilling station at affordable price of $ 0.5. Since we started distributing the water bottles and the water dispensing hand press pumps the rate of water refilling by the households has increased within the past 3 weeks.

This project has a big potential of remaining sustainable. The uptake of refilling water by the families that already received the water bottles and water hand press pumps is overwhelming every other week. It is a challenge for us now to get more water bottles and water hand press pump to families for them to get safe clean drinking water. We appeal for your help. $15 will get one family a water bottle and a water hand press pump.  

Distributing Water bottles and hand press pump
Distributing Water bottles and hand press pump
Helping a woman get water to her head
Helping a woman get water to her head
Distribution of water bottles and Water hand press
Distribution of water bottles and Water hand press
Washing Hands
Washing Hands
Women collecting water after demonstration and tra
Women collecting water after demonstration and tra
Feb 24, 2021

Family Food Relief and Children Support

The school opening has provided much needed relief for parents and guardians but also matched by anxiety over the financial strain caused by the pandemic. We had known that the longer children are out of school, the greater the risk that the poorest among them will never return. They face increased risks of violence, child labor and child marriage, and to their mental wellbeing. Schools are a vital safety net for the most vulnerable children, protecting them from these risks.

With children in school for almost two months now, Ngao has been steadfast in providing food to 447 children every Saturday and Sunday. This intervention has reduced cases of children roaming in the streets, and child abuse as most of them are absorbed in different activities at the Centre. This period, Children enjoyed harvesting what they had planted, and for most of them it was their first time getting involved in the farming process all through. Parents/guardians enjoyed the proceeds of what their children took to them.

With school resuming. 46-day school children are engaged on rotational basis to learning farming skills, urban gardening and diverse agricultural activities on weekends while they are not attending school. After their first harvest, they are now motivated and have planned different kinds of vegetables, crops and herb that supplement the food we cook for them. The knowledge gained is shared with the children families where 23 families have already set up vertical gardening in front of their houses. With the start of long rains, we expect good harvest for these families. The Government officers visited to provide technical support to the families involved which was a big boost.

We have supported 123 families with dry food on weekly basis up from 28 families previously. This brings to 984 families supported with dry food in two months period. These are mostly single headed families that have a mother as the bread winner. Within the same period, 107 families have come together and registered for different skills to help them generate income after their source income was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. The skills they are learning are: making soap (41), Mat (28), Table clothes (10), tailoring (10), poultry keeping (13) and beadwork (5). We are helping 127 women locate a land for a greenhouse which has proved to be a good prospect.

48 girls received sanitary towels. Currently four social work and two counselor university students are on attachment at our facility. They have been providing needed psychosocial support to children to 319 children for the past two months. 52 children not coming regularly at the Centre have been visited and their situation followed up, assisted and concluded.

 
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