The project's mission is to improve public health by breaking the cycle of poverty and disease in Githurai, Kenya. We envision a world where everyone can be healthy, active, and productive. The principal goal of the project is to provide holistic support to improve public health and empower the People of Githurai to forge a pathway out of extreme poverty.
Around 35.5% of Kenya's population is living below the poverty line, reported in 2016. This means basically that more than one-third of the entire country is living on less than U.S. $1.90 per day. Extreme poverty disproportionately affects women, who often lack the resources, skills, and opportunities they need to escape the poverty trap.
Project Afya's Ultra-Poor Graduation approach is a multifaceted set of interventions designed to address the complex nature of extreme poverty. Participants receive health and nutrition support, a stipend to use as seed capital for a small business; training in life skills, finance, and business skills; and regular coaching and mentoring. Participants unlock their intrinsic potential and develop sustainable livelihoods that set them on a path of upward economic mobility.
Households will: 1. Have stabilized and diversified income sources and assets Households will be food secure 2. Maintains basic hygiene and have access to healthcare Households will have a plan for the future 3. Be aware of accessible government programs 4. Know and demand their rights and be aware of where to report instances of abuse