Here, we directly bridge the gap of essential or basic services like food, medication, Anti-Retroviral drugs (ARVs), vaccinations, and de-worming to the very vulnerable and especially during the initial stages even as we later mainstream them into the broader society. Local poverty rates are nearly 70% hence a large number are eligible for direct interventions.
At this level, we engage the community through groups to take up their responsibilities to one another. We therefore provide skills for various groups like School Management Committees, PLWHAs, Youth, Women, farmers and fishermen groups. All these groups, especially women, are also eligible for our Microfinance program SILC which encourage them to start or improve small businesses through consistent savings and loan.
- Currently 921 women groups with a combined membership of 20,262 and a savings level of Kshs 68,000,000 receive loans within Homabay County and parts of Kisumu County. They hope to grow into an MFI or a SACCO by 2015.
- A group of 5 rights groups have come together and formed a network that has opened an abuse reporting and abuse counseling desk in the community.
- PLWHAs have been organized into 7 peer support groups which also help with HIV/AIDS campaigns and stigma reduction.
- Over 3000 PLWHAs access care supported by HHCDO’s partnership with Kenyan Catholic Bishops Conference’s KARP.
- 10 primary schools are linked to the West Karachuonyo Water Project to increase access to safe water.
At this level the community groups engage their leaders and petition other stakeholders to confront human rights violations afflicting the vulnerable groups. Here the approach to poverty is rights based and small groups are encouraged to coalesce and network into thematic advocacy groups. This has led to the establishment of a community managed reporting desk handling rights abuse cases in the community.
Our main target groups are Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs). Certain activities however benefit the whole community. We support over 8300 OVCs within family setups under natural or foster care to minimize disruptions to their socio-cultural lives as much as possible.
While supporting direct educational programs principally through OVC projects, we wish to appeal to the county government of Homabay to rehabilitate the Homa Hills Youth Polytechnic to provide accessible vocational training opportunities to local school drop outs or those not eligible or able to pursue higher education to increase the economic status of youths within this catchment area thereby reducing the social vices that are rife currently.
The overriding objective is to promote community capacity to manage local resources for poverty reduction and dignity through groups for increased food production and structured market access that guarantee household incomes and gradually wean them from direct support. The overall goal of this approach is to increase ability of households to provide for their families basic and secondary needs ultimately integrating them into the mainstream national economy. We intend to do this by;
- Scaling up agro-enterprise through the out grower schemes to cover over 1000 caregivers and farmers in the next 3 years to improve household incomes in areas like horticulture, seed sorghum, groundnuts, mangoes, trees, poultry, livestock and honey.
- Scale up Microfinance (Savings and Internal Lending Communities SILC) projects based on successes and lessons to cover even more households and grow into a SACCO.
- Increase community access to safe and portable water at the village level to improve women’s lives and reduce disease burden especially among children by ensuring a safe water chain to reduce water borne diseases in the community.
- Market community based Ecotourism and Environment programs to diversify community engagement with natural resources and tourists.
- Improve support to tree planting by incorporating short and long term economic gains for the implementing communities to include beekeeping and mango production.