Village Partnerships

Current Unboxed Community Partnerships and status

1. Obaga Community Partnership

Trained on 26th July 2013
Data collection on the overall condition of the community before training –
< Common diseases – Typhoid, Malaria and illnesses related to HIV
< Ratio of HIV/AIDS infection – 6 out of 10 people are infected
< Sanitation standard – poor
< Education – 40% of adults are illiterate, while 35% of children do not go to school due to diseases and lack of funds for school uniforms, books, and tuition fees
< Economy – community depends on crop farming which does not do well due to droughts

Composition of the people trained in the community 
< People trained are comprised of 87 widows taking care of 306 Orphans.
Before training the majority of these children were not going to school. Now all of them are in school through the effort of these women.

Community Projects
The women have initiated the following projects as income generating projects:
< Borehole – provides clean, safe water to the community.
By selling water to the community, women increase their income to support their families, and the community benefits by having clean, safe water, thereby reducing illnesses among the population
< Watermelon farm – farming and selling watermelon to the community as a way of income, while at the same time providing fruit for their families during meals, thereby improving overall health
< Goat farming – in October 2014, project members were talking of goat keeping as their future project, but in December 2014 they launched it as one of their income generating projects

2. Ilungu / Khisa Community Partnership
Trained on 7th May 2014
Data collection on the overall condition of the community before training –
< Common diseases – Malaria, typhoid and HIV/AIDS related diseases
< Ratio of HIV/AIDS infection – 7 out of 10 people are infected
< Sanitation standard – Very poor
< Education – 55% of adult population are illiterate, while 40% of children do not go to school due to diseases and lack of funds for school uniform, books, and tuition fees
< Economy – community depends on crop farming which does well, but the majority of the population does not have enough land for farming

Composition of people trained from the community
< Trained community members are comprised of 71 married, single and widowed women, caring for 476 orphans. They came together to fight poverty, ignorance and diseases within their community.

Projects
The group has ventured into farming crops such as maize (corn) and millet. Their biggest concern is to make sure that all their children are going to school as well as the orphans within their community,
They are still weak in the area of sanitation practices so, as their partners, we are working closely with them to help improve the overall health of the community.
There are plans to have a vocational school where the youth can get skills to help them earn a living in the future.

3. Kokise Community Partnership
Trained on 8TH NOV 2014
Data collection on the overall condition of the community –
< Common diseases – Malaria and HIV/AIDS related diseases
< Ratio of HIV/AIDS infection – 6 out of 10 people are infected
< Sanitation standard – average
< Education – 40% of adult population are illiterate, while 45% of children do not go to school due to diseases and lack of funds for school uniforms, books, tuition fees
< Economy – most of the community depends on fishing. Some do crop farming which does not do well due to the seasonal drought and bad method of farming.

During the training three groups emerged as per their geographical boundaries, namely –

(a) Aduoyo Village
The people trained within the community are 46 in number – mixed married, widows, widowers and youths, caring for a total of 107 children, the majority of whom are orphans

Projects
< Poultry farming – this group has embarked in Poultry farming as a means of earning income to improve their lives and to help them take their children to school. They are also teaching their community on good sanitation practices.

There future plan is to support a feeding program in a nearby school as a way of providing nutrition to the children who are usually coming to school without meals.
(b) Bwaja Village
Trained group is comprised of 43 people – married, widows, widowers and youths – caring for 168 children, the majority being orphans.

Projects
< This group is doing goat keeping as a way of generating income to help in changing their lives, as well as getting their children into school.
The group is creating awareness on safety of children in the community. Their future plan is to work on getting a playground for children which they claim is lacking in the community.

(c) Miyare Village
Comprised of 56, married, widows, widowers and youths, this group is caring for 144 children, the majority of which are orphans.

Projects
< Tent and Chair hiring – the group is involved in a tent and chair hiring business. They hire out to churches, weddings and funerals, in order to improve their economy. Their future plan is to provide school uniforms to all orphans in four nearby public schools as a way of helping them, as well as to encourage people to extend their hands in helping orphans in general.

Unboxed Lives Kenya trainings are not based on bringing new things to communities. Instead, we remind them of what they already know but may have forgotten or ignored, while at the same time, encouraging them to improve on those same things. The trainings are a way of bringing the community together to reason on how to improve their living standards, and to help their children and the less fortunate among them.

4. Kit Mikayi Village

Trained on 7/5/2015

Data collection on the overall condition of the community before training –
< Common diseases – Typhoid, malaria and opportunist diseases related to HIV/AIDS
< Ratio of HIV/AIDS infection – 4 out of 10 people infected
< Sanitation standard – very poor
< Education – 35 percent of adults are illiterate while 30% of children do not go to school due to lack of uniforms, books, sickness and school fees.
< Economy – Community depends on crop farming which does very poorly due to lack of fertilizers and to droughts.  They also practice and depend on fishing at a nearby lake.
< Composition of the attendees at the training – The training consisted of 267  in attendance, the majority being women, even though there were also youth and men
<Projects initiated after the training – Seven different groups came out of the training. They have initiated income generating projects such as goat farming, table banking, local poultry farming, and fish farming.