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AFRIKASI KENYA COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATION BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Afrikasi Kenya Community Based Organization is a duly registered non-profit organization that specializes in educational sponsorship for the needy and disadvantaged school going children and young adults from pre-school to University mainly from the Deep Sea slums.

Afrikasi Kenya CBO also runs a fully fledged Child Care Center called Afrikasi Kindergarten based in Lower Kabete that offers subsidized quality education to the needy nursery going children mainly from DeepSea slums and the neighbouring environs.

Afrikasi Kenya C.B.O has a three pronged approach;

·         Identifying and providing Education and training for the children from needy homes that will finally lead to gainful employment and family support.
·         Providing Basic health care and food
·         Assisting parents / adults gain skills to help them provide basic care and provision for their families.


OUR VISION

To be a lead provider of sustainable education, training and health support services for the empowerment of children and youth and improvement of livelihoods.

OUR MISSION

To provide educational facilities and opportunities for the empowerment of children and youth from vulnerable and marginalized homes and communities in order for them to better their lives and climb out of poverty.


AFRIKASI KENYA C.B.O’s KEY STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

1.    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Early Childhood and Development Education

  • Provide Direct Education, Teachers and care givers
  • Provide a conducive and child friendly environment / facility
  • Link them to Primary schools
  • Follow up to ensure objectives are fulfilled


2.    HEALTH CARE AND NUTRITION

  • Provision of basic food stuffs
  • Provision of basic medical personnel; Clinical officers, Nurses, Laboratory Technicians
  • Regular visits to the needy homes to ensure effectiveness of the program
  • Link to other medical facilities for long term medical attention

3.            SKILLS TRAINING
            (EMPLOYMENT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM)

  • Identifying Adults who require skills
  • Sponsoring Adults to Institutions providing technical skills that is; entrepreneurship skills, catering, hair dressing, welding and fabrication, plumbing, tailoring, computer skills, masonry, mechanics, electrical installation
  • Monitoring
  • Documentation

AREA OF OPERATION (DEEP SEA SLUMS)

The Deep Sea slums are located in Highridge, Parklands area. It’s over 12,000 residents are mostly children and youth.

The slum is not commonly known to many Kenyans since it is uniquely sandwiched between very well developed and affluent residential and business locations of Highridge, Westlands, Parklands and Muthaiga.

The adult residents mainly supply casual labour force to these plush neighborhoods.

Just like other slums in Nairobi, Kenya, there is a high incidence of poverty manifested by drug and alcohol abuse, petty crime, prostitution, sex exploitation, early pregnancies, high school drop outs and so many other incidences.


A tin shack that residents here call home is rented for between 1,200kshs to 1,500kshs per month. This is approximately 12 to 15 dollars per month. The tin shacks do not have toilets and running water which also makes the area prone to cholera and other water borne diseases.

The residents of Deep sea slums can barely afford proper housing, food or school requirements for their children.

Deep Sea is also home to street families that mainly hang around Westlands, Nairobi.

SUPPORT REQUIRED

Afrikasi Kenya CBO has identified and mobilized over 300 school going children and youth who wish to pursue their studies to the highest possible level so that they can come out of this cycle of poverty but their parents cannot afford to pay their school fees.

Whereas the government offers free primary education and whereas there is increased availability of bursaries from the Constituencies Development Fund (CDF),  the pressing burden of Secondary School fees and associated expenses such as uniforms, boarding and other learning materials, meals, sanitary towels and a few other levies that the schools charge, still prevent students from furthering their education.

Over 35 candidates from Deep Sea Slums have just sat their Kenya Primary Certificate of Education (KPCE) examinations and have passed but have no school fees and requirements to continue with their education.

The average school fees for a form one student including the requirements is KES 40,000 for the first term and KES 25,000 for the consecutive terms.

There’s need for interventions to help these well deserving and hard working students to migrate from this cycle of poverty.


CONCLUSION

Our success in these endeavors are all there to see. Many of the graduates from our programs have gone on to lead healthier and self supporting lives, while others are working with us assisting others to move up as well.

With more resources, our programs will no doubt transform the phase of Deep Sea slums in particular and other slums as well as poor rural areas in Kenya.

KEY CONTACTS


PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

Mrs. Margaret. O. Mbai
Tel: +254 728 349 143
Email: afrikasikenyacbo@gmail.com

      







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