By Victor Odhiambo | Co-Founder and Executive Director
We have been at the forefront to stop the spread of the novel Corona virus by encouraging communities living in Kibera to assemble local hand washing facilities and providing information on how people can maintain hygiene. This is a community led initiative where the community seeks to solve the challenges and compliment of efforts of the government in curbing the spread of Covid_19. You can donate online to help us reduce the spread of covid-19.
Covid-19 is spreading across the globe with 300,000 confirmed cases and over 10,000 deaths, Covid-19 literary bringing the world to stand still. Simple, everyday things must stop: freedom of movement, mingling with friends, shaking hands with new acquaintances, or even working alongside our colleagues. However, we are not powerless to stop it. We can and must play our part.
We have so far distributed two hand washing stations in Kibra slum supporting over 1,000 people directly. Kibra slum is characterized by overcrowding. The slum also has limited access to clean water and poor sanitation facilities. Our hope is to support over 50,000 people by end of April.
By Victor odhiambo | Co-Founder and Executive Director
Girls mentorship club
would like to sincerely extend my sincere appreciation for the support you have accorded us in 2019. Looking back, I am grateful that you shared your gifts with us. Here are some of the impact your support has made this year.
“I joined Garden of Hope Foundation- Mentorship program 2 years ago. The Self-awareness sessions revealed more information that I did not know about myself. As a result, I have learnt to embrace myself and work hard to achieve my dreams. I have experienced a great improvement on my confidence, team leadership and public speaking ability.” Mourice.
"With the current technology and innovation, the world is transitioning to a digital age. The leadership and entrepreneurship has enhanced my skills on how to use technology to solve challenges in the world. I hope to start a social entrepreneurship venture that will equip informal youth with computers skills" Snyder
“I have acquired skills in entrepreneurship, small business and basic financial management. I have also learnt how to make soap and bake cakes for my children’s birthday as well as selling. These skills have enabled me to start a business where I bake and sell cakes to the Land Mawe community.”Beatrice.
"Garden of Hope Foundation through the Leadership development and Entrepreneurship program has provided me with the opportunity to equip young people with basic computer skills and coding. This has enhanced my computing skills".Fednut.
20 Women have been successfully trained on entrepreneurship.
150 women have been supported with menstrual hygiene and health training.
50% of women who graduate from this project start their businesses within 1 month.
10 women have successfully secured
We are only a few $ away from reaching our end of year goal. Consider making an end of year donation which will go towards support 10 students through school.
"What do you do when you cannot access Menstrual Products?" I asked. "We use chicken feathers, sit on sand the whole day or use pieces of clothes" One lady answered. "Do you know anything about Menstruation?" I continued, "We are not allowed to talk about that" anothe lady replied.
This conversation came when were visiting a group of ladies in Samburu County. Samburu county is about 500 Kms from Kenya's capital Nairobi. This county is characterized by high level of poverty. Most women and girls cannot access quality education. Being a pastrolist comunity, they move from one place to another during dought to look for pasture and water.
Just few weeks ago one girl killed herself becasue of period stigma in Kenya. Mentruation is a topic that is never disussed in such commuties, menstruating women and girls are considered dirty, and they are mainly isolated during menstruation. In counties likes Samburu, men are not even allowed talk with women during menstruation.
We visisted Samburu county to raise awareness on menstrual stigma in addition to supporting women and girls get access to menstrual products. For most women and girls this was their first time talking about mensrruation openly at least with other people.
In addition to Menstruation we also supported the children get new pair of shoes and stationery. Some the children have never worn news pair of shoes in their life.
This is the impact your support is creating in poor communities in Kenya.
Consider supporting more women and girls stay in school.
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