A message from CMW Country Coordinator – Kenya Programmes)
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Greetings and welcome to CMW Programmes in Kenya!
Christ Mission to the World also works in Kenya where we focus on the Masai and slum communities. At present our programme targets women and girls’ empowerment from the Masai and slum communities, where we have already started a pilot project in poultry production in Kibera slums in Nairobi.
Christ Mission to the World (CMW) exists to develop successful entrepreneurs, catalyze positive change, and alleviate poverty in local communities in Kenya and South Sudan. CMW is registered to work in Kenya as a non-governmental organization. Other programme that we envisage to implement includes: agriculture development (poultry farming), primary health and preventative care, pre and postpartum care, child immunizations, comprehensive HIV care, family planning, cervical cancer screening, gender-based violence response, and a child nutrition, safe and clean drinking water issues in the slum and among the Masai communities as clean water is essential to survival, but the two communities still suffer from contaminated water that leads to sickness or is unable to afford clean water at all. We want to provide very low-cost water to the Kibera community as well as drill boreholes for the Masai communities, educate the two communities on WASH related issues which will be facilitated by our community health workers. Through a multi-faceted approach, we want not only to provide accessible, affordable clean water and sanitary pit latrines, but we also to keep communities healthy through hygiene education. Gender inequality, limited access to education, unemployment, drugs, and substance abuse further impede individual and community progress. In the largest informal settlement in Africa, residents in Kibera still struggle with limited access to resources and live with an increased risk of disease.
Healthcare is key to CMW’s holistic approach to help build empowered, healthy generations. We know that through reliable medical treatment, infants have a higher chance of normal neurocognitive development; children experience increased years of schooling; and adults decrease missed wages due to illness. We want to put health clinics to serve Kibera and the Masai communities.
Christ Mission to the World is also dedicated to providing slum and Masai communities with the tools to create bright futures for themselves. Our community programs will provide resources to further economic opportunity and advance human rights, creating space for individuals to pave personal paths out of poverty.
We want to empower the community through valuable public resources including gender-based violence safe houses, Early Childhood Development (ECD) Education centers, a magazine, adult literacy courses and community centers which serve as meeting places and house libraries and computer labs. These programs will allow individuals and families to make the transformation from a mode of ‘everyday survival’ to one of ‘planning for the future. In addition, it will enable families to send more children to school for longer periods of time, and increased earnings and savings hence contribute to improved nutrition and better living conditions, ultimately translating to a lower incidence of illness and a healthier, more productive life.
CMW Kenya programmes brings together individuals and households through social groups run independently using our services and organizes them to actively seek tangible change in their community and society at large. CMW seeks to build a strong urban – rural communities network with the vision of giving the poor the voice.
While educating girls is historically not the priority in Kenya’s urban slums and among the Masai communities, we believe that girls are the key to long-term change that will break the cycles of poverty in these communities.
CMW is presently seeking for funding to establish leadership academies for girls in Kajiado (Masai) and Kibera slums in Nairobi, as the organization is advocating for female leaders who have experienced slum-life and marginalization. Through this programme they will become advocates for their communities and ultimately change the status-quo. Educating a girl in urban slums and among the Masai communities means she will earn more and invest 90% of earnings in her family, be three times less likely to contract HIV, and have fewer, healthier children who are more likely to reach adulthood. CMW wants to build free leadership academies in Kibera and Kajiado and offer a free high-quality education from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade. Every student will receives healthcare, meals, uniforms and school supplies so that they can stay focused on what matters most: their futures.
In the crowded slum communities, residents struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle due to lack of access to quality healthcare, proper nutrition, and poor sanitation, leaving residents susceptible to a variety of diseases. With dreams of being doctors, activists, and journalists, we know these bright minds will lead transformative change in Kenya and throughout the world.
Children from Kibera and Masai communities struggle to stay in school, month to month, year to year. Few stay long enough to succeed by passing the primary school completion test, the KCPE, however, most kids never even take it. Of those that do, less than half pass. That means several thousand kids from Kibera and the Masai communities each year do not even qualify to begin secondary school.
Finally, our programmes want to encourage girls’ speaking at parents’ meetings, community radio shows, and teachers’ meetings as a way to share their experiences, gain first hand advocacy experience, and sensitize their community on their challenges.
Francis Ogola Ndonga
Christ Mission to the World, Country Coordinator (Kenya)