Project Kiamichi, Kenya
Bringing Relief and Breaking the Poverty Cycle
The Kiamichi is an area that covers about 9 x 4 kms in rural Kenya, 2.5 hours from Nairobi and approximately 30 minutes from the town of Murunga.
It is home to approximately 5,000 men, women and children. They live in very basic mud huts with corrugated iron roofs. They live in extreme poverty with no access to health facilities, clean water, proper education, employment opportunities or ability to produce their own food. Our goal is to bring relief and a strategy to break the poverty cycle through 5 key projects (see below).
The Clean Water Project
Currently families of Kiamichi must walk up to 6 hours a day to fetch dirty river water for day to day survival. This places terrible strain on their bodies resulting in arthritis, physical abnormalities and fatigue. Due to the aridity of the land, families are unable to produce crops or maintain livestock, so food is scarce with many relying on emergency aid from the Government. The water they do have access to is not treated, leaving people vulnerable to water born diseases and without the means to sanitise.
- The aim of this project is to bring water infrastructure to 5000 desperately needy families.
- This will give them access to clean domestic drinking water resulting in better health.
- The ability to irrigate small crops, raise livestock and start to become more self sufficient.
We are raising $500,000 to help and it is 100% Tax Deductible.
The Health Project
In Kenya there is only 1 doctor to 10,000 people. In the case of Kiamichi, there is no doctor and no way of accessing health services. Recently a women with a severe health condition needed emergency attention. As they have no transport, she was placed in a wheelbarrow and walked for miles before a passing car picked her up. She was eventually driven to a hospital 40 minutes away. That is one example of what the people of Kiamichi face. We must bring relief and critical health services to this community.
We aim to:
- Fund the set-up of “Clinic In a Can” – a mobile medical facility retro fitted into shipping containers that runs off solar energy and can be moved by truck to meet the urgent medical needs of those suffering.
- Implement training programs that focus on the hygiene habits of a healthy home
- Create school health clubs to raise more awareness to prevent sickness.
We are raising $100,000 to help and it is 100% Tax Deductible.
The Education HUB Project
Currently, the majority of families in Kiamichi, Kenya struggle to send their children to school. The school is miles away, they have no means of transport and parents may need their children to help with day to day survival, like fetching water. The vast majority of adults also lack any formal education. These factors combined make it incredibly difficult for families to escape the poverty cycle.
Our plan is to purchase 2-4 acres of local land in the heart of the community and construct the Mission58 Education Hub, which will include:
- A curriculum in line with Kenya’s education requirements for o to 18 year olds.
- A vocational training program for adults in the community (e.g. cropping, farming, etc.)
- A model farm with community vegetable gardens and livestock, to be used to “Teach” and “Feed” the very vulnerable in the community.
- An outlet for “seed programs” to help boost Agriculture in the community.
- An outlet to process “Micro Enterprise” interest free loans to encourage self sufficiency and help to build a thriving local economy.
We are raising $150,000 to help and it is 100% Tax Deductible.
The Agriculture Project
The vast majority of the Kiamichi community do not have the ability to obtain sufficient food on a daily basis. With no access to water for irrigation it is practically impossible to produce crops or livestock for consumption. As a result, many are undernourished and struggle for daily survival.
Our strategy is to :
- Bring immediate food to those in need.
- Develop a Community Farm for agricultural training and education.
- Seed distribution programs to create self sufficiency.
- School nutrition programs.
We are raising $50,000 to help and it is 100% Tax Deductible.
The Micro Enterprise Project
Many of those living in rural areas such as Kiamichi survive on less than $1.25 a day. In the dry season some of the Kiamichi men dig the sides of deep river beds to extract sand they can sell. This is dangerous work. Whilst we were there in November 2016 a young man died when the ground above collapsed on him. This desperation to earn money in order to survive is heartbreaking. We want to bring a stop to this and help stimulate the local economy through Micro Enterprise.
Once the water infrastructure is established in Kiamichi and they have a way to grow crops and raise livestock, our aim is to implement our Micro Enterprise Program:
- Small interest free loans to qualified participants
- Training programs on establishing their small business.
- Budgeting and money management.
- Accountability and tracking of their business to ensure growth.