Recent Success Stories
With a population approaching 42 million, of which just under half are deemed to be living below the poverty line, Kenya continues to face a legacy of civil unrest following the post-election violence in 2007, and problems caused by lack of education, drought and famine.
Workaid has been working with projects in the rural areas, especially in Western Kenya, and also in the inner-city slums of Nairobi. By working with projects in the poorest regions Workaid has been able to tackle poverty in a practical way, empowering people to learn trade skills that will help them find employment or establish small businesses.
Over the years we have established many good contacts with Kenyans who are our representatives in country. Mr Christopher Otsinde, Education Secretary for the Catholic Diocese of Kisii is our main partner and is responsible not only for making assessment visits to applicants but also handling the release of our shipping containers and organising the distribution of goods to the projects.
Another representative is Rev. Daniel On’gayi of Chritoco Resource Centre in Emuhaya District. He has extensive training in working with disabled people and assesses projects for Workaid especially those supporting people with physical and learning disabilities.
UK Projects – The Hub
Workaid has a supported workshop called The Hub for people with learning disabilities to take part in workshop activities. Attendees work two days a week and complete many jobs for the main Workaid workshop, there are eleven placements over two days. They are supported by an experienced coordinator, who can set the work out according to needs (autism-friendly). If you would like to know more or apply contact us here.
Most of our young people have finished college courses and need the real experience of work to build up their social, communication, teamwork and other practical skills.
The jobs range from labelling and packing envelopes for mail shots to organising haberdashery, sorting drill bits into different types and sizes and sets, taking apart and cleaning treadle sewing machines and many more. The experience in taking part in real work, finished correctly and taken to each appropriate department helps attendees develop their skills in endeavour, patience and team work and is a very important part of their weekly routine. It also really helps us Workaid and our production.
The Hub members have made many friends with the volunteers in the main workshops and know how to act appropriately in the work place. The Hub is full to capacity and Workaid is pleased to offer this unique opportunity to people with mild to moderate learning disabilities to help them make the step towards employment or voluntary work.
Workaid has been supporting projects in Uganda since 1987 and by the end of 2012 we had sent a total of twenty 10-tonne containers full of refurbished tools and equipment. Although significant progress has been made in recent years, Uganda is still suffering from effects of the HIV/Aids epidemic which has left thousands of orphans, some being cared for by older siblings in child headed households.
Devastating periods of military rule have created yet more problems and now a quarter of the population are living below the poverty line on less than $2 a day.This has left many thousands of orphans, some being cared for by older siblings as young as 9 or 10 in child-headed families.
Workaid has supported a wide range of projects throughout the country. Vocational training institutes, women’s groups, disabled groups and ex-prisoners have all benefitted from Workaid tools and equipment.
Beatrice and Betty’s Story
Beatrice and Betty are training at the Mawaieto Woman’s Group in Jinga. The project, which supports widows and single mothers, received sewing and knitting machines on a recent consignment to enable them to fulfil a contract making school uniforms for the Nserester Complex Orphanage. The project also runs a micro-finance loan scheme and participants have access to training in hygiene, nutrition, childcare and good farming methods.
Betty Lolo tells how the Workaid donation helped lift her: “When you helped me, you helped my children and the whole community.”
Thanking Workaid for the machines, Beatrice also commented:
“The donation has helped me buy essentials at home and send my children to school”.