what we do

As part of a non- profit organizations we are relentless in driving change to advance growth and development by working together with children young people, our supporters to improve the common good of the society, typically through Charitable, Educational, Scientific, Traditional or Religious means.

ORGANIZING AND MOBILIZING

Organizing is about relationships, relationships turn people out better than anything else.  Mobilizing is about numbers, Mobilization occurs within organizing campaigns, in response to specific calls to action, but also refers to more surface efforts to bring people into action for time-limited efforts.

  • As (LACBO) we engage in discussion on mobilizing and organizing communities to end child sexual abuse.
  • Many people are not organized, and they are not informed about effective joint partnerships in neighborhood economic development.
  • Community mobilizing strategies are essential to health promotion and uptake of HIV prevention.
  • Provides local communities with a means of increasing their organizational capacity and strengthening their leadership role in their communities.
  • Community Oriented Policing in the Community improves the dialogue between the police and the community.

COMMUNITY DEVELPOMENT FUND

 

  • Community development funds are provided by the government to communities and people in a variety of ways: housing and community development programs, decent housing, anti-poverty programs, healthy food initiatives, sustainability movements or any other development projects made to improve the community
  • An endowment is a donation of money or property to a non-profit organization, which uses the resulting investment income for a specific purpose. Endowment funds are established in perpetuity, meaning that no end-date for the fund is set
  • Endowment Fund seeks to assist the government in securing private sector resources and community support to provide for worthwhile capital improvement and other projects and events and purchases for the community to lessen the burden on the local taxpayers and to improve the quality of life for our residents.
  • Any donations to the Foundation are considered tax exempt (if goods or services are received, the portion in excess of the cost of the goods or services is tax exempt). Donations may be earmarked for how you want them applied, i.e., to plant a tree, purchased recycling containers, obtain plants for the Beautification Committee, animal neutering, etc.

Sports

We are all well aware of the fact that participating in sports/physical activity develops the five components of fitness:

  • Strength
  • Speed 
  • Skill
  • Stamina
  • Flexibility.

Sports helps an individual much more than in the physical aspects alone.  It builds character by:

  • setting
  • Risk taking, etc.
  • Developing a Sporting attitude/spirit helps build a Positive attitude towards life and its struggles as well as Shaping one’s personality and character.
  • We find positive and robust effects on children’s school performance and peer relations. Crowding out of passive leisure activities can partially explain the effects.
  • The importance of people’s cognitive skills, such as the performance in school in explaining socio-economic success is widely acknowledged.
  • Recently, non-cognitive skills, such as behavior or emotional strength, have received increased attention when analyzing the determinants of socio-economic success. Health, moreover, is a prerequisite for any educational and professional achievements.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

  • Reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.
  • The Importance of Reproductive Health: More focus needs to be placed on providing learning and preparation for the world of work, building healthy lifestyles that reduce non-communicable diseases and improve sexual health, and protecting adolescents from involvement in violence.”
  • Factors affecting reproductive health include annual growth and inflation rates, fertility rates, increasing urbanization, life expectancy at birth, infant and child mortality, and maternal mortality particularly due to complication from pregnancy and childbirth. Barriers for women and men on contraception use are discussed.
  • Common Reproductive Health Concerns for Women include: Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, Gynecologic Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Interstitial Cystitis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Resources.
  • A woman’s reproductive system is a delicate and complex system in the body. It is important to take steps to protect it from infections and injury, and prevent problems—including some long-term health problems. Taking care of yourself and making healthy choices can help protect you and your loved ones.

HEALTH

  • Tropical diseases, especially Malaria and Tuberculosis, have long been a public health problem in Kenya. In recent years, infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), also has become a severe problem.
  • In 2004 the Kenyan Ministry of Health announced that HIV/AIDS had surpassed Malaria and Tuberculosis as the leading disease killer in the country. Due largely to AIDS, life expectancy in Kenya has dropped by about a decade. Since 1984 more than 1.5 million Kenyans have died because of HIV/AIDS. Pneumonia, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Anemia, Bilharzia  (Schistosomiasis) This disease is spread by flukes (minute worms) that are carried by a species of freshwater snail, Cholera, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Dengue Fever (Break-Bone Fever), Chronic illnesses  like Cancer have been a major challenge, others  including Myasthenia Gravis (MG), Parkinson’s, Diabetes and Road accidents continue to be the leading causes of registered deaths in Kenya.

DRUG ABUSE AND ALCOHOL

  • Substance abuse also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others, and is a form of substance-related disorder.
  • Today’s youth face many risks, including drug abuse and alcohol, violence, and HIV/AIDS. Responding to these risks before they become problems can be difficult. Drug abuse has serious consequences in our homes, schools, and communities. The use of all illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of legal drugs is considered drug abuse.
  • While drinking alcohol is itself not necessarily a problem—drinking too much can cause a range of consequences, and increase your risk in a variety of ways. 
  • Alcohol, nicotine, and synthetic drugs are examples of abused substance. 
  • People who misuse alcohol, or people who are addicted, start having to drink more and more to get drunk. They might have a drink in the morning, or just once a day then with time they increase the consumption and finally cannot do without it.
  • Subsequent drug abuse and addiction, including marijuana and prescription drugs have played a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress, and child abuse.
  • Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime, and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families.
  • Illicit drugs include marijuana, drugged driving, tobacco, caffeine powder, MDMA (also called Molly or Ecstasy), Spice are the most commonly abused drugs. The effects of the drug may vary on the substance and the user.
  • There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.

PROVISION OF HEALTHCARE

  • Health-care financing should be equitable. In many developing countries such as Kenya, changes to health-care financing systems are being implemented as a means of providing equitable access to health care with the aim of attaining universal coverage.
  • Success is dependent on having health systems capable of effectively and efficiently performing critical functions and delivering essential services.
  • Health system strengthening (HSS) has become a major focus of the investments in health in low-resource settings. 
  • Health system strengthening has become a recognized priority for achieving major public health goals such as those identified by disease-specific global health initiatives for HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, malaria, childhood immunizations, and others.
  • The international community has come to recognize the critical importance of strengthening health systems as a whole to the achievement of major global health goals. Millennium Development Goals has objectives that focus on the many specific global health programs (such as those for control of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria), and from disease elimination/eradication programs to those fighting non-communicable diseases,
  • The contribution that strengthening of public health systems makes to strengthening health systems in general has been inadequately described.
  • To support of public health in low- and middle-income countries around the world, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposes to prioritize its investments on strengthening six key public health functions that would contribute the most towards health systems strengthening efforts as a whole and have the greatest impact on improving the public’s health. In this Policy the US CDC’s perspective on the role of public health institutions in global health system strengthening efforts.
  • The loss of a parent or caregiver is quite distressing for children and may have great impact on their education.
  • They are affected by HIV and AIDS by virtue of, among others, living in a household where one or more people are ill, dying, or deceased, or which fosters orphans and children whose caregivers are too ill or old to continue to care for them.

ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC)

  • Orphans and vulnerable children refers to children under age eighteen who are affected by and made vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. This includes both orphans and non-orphans whose well-being or development is threatened because they live in HIV-affected households and communities.
  • Educating orphaned and vulnerable children presents many challenges for educators, administrators, and other stakeholders in education.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

  • Many benefits are available to advance the education and skills of young people, spouses and family members. Institutions offer literacy classes, English as a Second Language, parenting classes, wellness education, adult continuing education, library services, and instruction in leisure-time activities.
  • In most cases, people (especially Young people) who do not have a high school KCSE certificate or a Primary certificate have it rough because they have no qualifications to enable them get a job for their livelihoods. They are therefore encouraged to participate in the literacy program for a minimum of 4 hours a day to prepare and be taught so that they can be able to sit for the examinations and obtain certificate.
  • Vocational and occupational training programs are based on the needs of the general labor market conditions, and institution labor force needs. An important component is on-the-job training, which inmates receive through institution job assignments and work in Government Prison Industries.
  • The Government also encourages post-secondary education in vocational and occupationally oriented areas. Some traditional college courses are available, but inmates and anyone interested are responsible for funding this coursework. 
  • Disabled persons remain neglected part of society and they also experience various barriers due to restriction of participation.
  • Types of physical disabilities include: Spinal cord injury (SCI) a spinal cord injury often causes a permanent physical disability, Cerebral palsy, Cystic fibrosis (CF), Epilepsy, Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Myasthenia gravis (MG), Tourette syndrome.
  • The difficulties that people with disabilities and chronic illness are facing include: Loss of Independence, Transportation, Accessibility issues, Education, Employment, Dining, Communication and Social relationships, Getting married and Self-esteem.

PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITY (PLWD)

  • Many disabled people in Kenya, as in most developing countries in the world, live in poverty.
  • But for people with disabilities, barriers can be more frequent and have greater impact. Barriers can be described as being more than just physical obstacles, “Factors in a person’s environment that, through their absence or presence, limit functioning and create disability.
  • Disability is not just a health problem or attribute of individuals, but it reflects the problems individuals experience in their interaction with society and physical movements. 

BUILDING OF COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING AND AWARENESS RAISING

  • Community capacity building is the local promotion of knowledge, skills, commitment, structures, and leadership, and is among the recommended core strategies.
  • Coalition a building and strengthening competence and awareness are also frequently used.
  • Capacity building is of particular importance to health promotion because it provides clearer definition, and attempts to measure, what is sometimes described as the ‘invisible work’ of health promotion. It is the ‘behind the scenes’ effort by practitioners that increases the likelihood on effective health promotion.
  • Community capacity building is one of the key methods to reach health improvements within disadvantaged communities. 
  • Physical activity and sports participation are important means to reach health improvements. 
  • Some methods of capacity building include fundraising, training centers, exposure visits, office and documentation support, on-job training, learning centers, and consultation.
  • Capacity building method by increasing sports participation in the community, especially for individuals at higher risk of sports deprivation play a vital role in their lives as well as bringing the community together.
  • This has played a very important role showing the community the difference between communities in sports participation between individuals living in communities without such capacity building program.
  • The community sports program reaches the individuals known to experience higher barriers to engage in sports.
  • Community Capacity Enhancement provides these organizations with the tools and competencies to facilitate community decision-making processes from within.
  • Strengthens the capacity of non-governmental and community-based organizations to move beyond awareness-raising.

FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION

  • Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the level of the household. Policy evaluation, through both quantitative and qualitative research, reveals food insecurity to be a complex problem.
  • Vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, ethnic minorities, and low-income households are disproportionately affected by food insecurity, despite the extensive private and public food safety.
  • Food insecurity has been associated with a greater risk of asthma and other chronic health conditions, low birth weight, maternal depression, depression, anxiety, and misconduct. Hungry children are less able to focus and learn.
  • Food and nutrition play a crucial role in health promotion and chronic disease prevention. It’s important to go-to source for nutrition advice. The latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines reflects the current body of nutrition science, helps health professionals to make healthy food and beverage choices, and serves as the science-based foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs.
  • The defining characteristic of very low food security is that, at times during the year, the food intake of household members is reduced and their normal eating patterns are disrupted because the household lacks money and other resources for food.

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

  • Infrastructure is the foundation upon which all economic development takes places and thrives. Because of this, investments in infrastructure lay the groundwork for not just improved community facilities and structures, but also for economic growth.
  • Because infrastructure projects can be costly, the government of Kenya has a wide portfolio of programs and resources to help upgrade and improve the fabric of the communities. Whether it’s replacing bridges, retrofitting a facility for business attraction, or installing a new sewer system, the department responsible has a program to help the communities improve its infrastructure and position itself for business attraction. 
  • And the benefits of these programs are twofold – the infrastructure improvement projects themselves create local jobs, while also serving to attract investment, stimulate commerce, and support local businesses, ultimately creating more jobs.
  • The major challenges facing the infrastructure sector include the following: Lack of affordability of consumers.
  • Lack of development goals in quantitative terms.
  • Social apathy for infrastructure demand.
  • Political unwillingness.
  • Institutional incapacity.
  • Absence of private participation.
  • Absence of finance.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

  • The Government encourages citizens to protect our natural resources and ensure future generations can enjoy them.
  • Land and Water Care: The Ministry of Conservation offers conservation and habitat preservation resources and assistance for Kenyans from all areas.
  • Cost-Share Program: Community landowners can share the cost of implementing soil and water conservation practices
  • Soil and Water Conservation: The Department of Natural Resources’ Soil and water Conservation program provides financial incentives to landowners to implement conservation practices that help prevent soil erosion and protect water resources. The program is dedicated to conserve the productivity of Communities working lands.
  • More Resources include: Air Pollution Control, Brownfield’s/Voluntary Cleanup, Waste Electronics Scrap, Hazardous Waste Control, Household Hazardous Waste, Illegal Dumping, Land Reclamation, Recycling, Solid Waste Management, Tires, Underground Storage Tanks, Water Protection

AGRICULTURE

  • In Kenya agriculture is an important fundamental in economic development; it contributes 35% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and constitutes 40% of the export earnings. Agriculture in itself is also a market for industrial goods such as machinery, equipment and fertilizers used in the farming process.
  • Agriculture plays a critical role in the entire life of a given economy. Agriculture is the backbone of the economic system of a given country. In addition to providing food and raw material, agriculture also provides employment opportunities to a very large percentage of the population.
  • Environmental benefits that protect the soil and make agriculture more sustainable include: Reduction in soil erosion, and thus of road, dam and hydroelectric power plant maintenance costs,
  • Improvement of water quality, Improvement of air quality, Biodiversity increase, Carbon sequestration.
  • The agriculture industry isn’t just a food providing industry, it also provides us with jobs, stimulates the economy, provides homes for humans as well as animals, and betters our environment. Without agriculture you would be naked, lacking nutrients you need for survival, unprotected, and hungry.

TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Technological development relates to really anything in regards to inventions or innovations. Development is essentially the process that takes a product or idea from a hypothesis to a usable product.
  • Technical Development means any invention, discovery, composition, enhancement, technology, advancement, know-how, process, data, device, machine, material, software or any other information arising from the Program, including any such development protectable by patent, copyright, or other protection under the law and
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  • It includes machines (like computers) but also techniques and processes (like the way we produce computer chips). It might seem like all technology is only electronic, but that’s just most modern technology. In fact, a hammer and the wheel are two examples of early human technology.
  • Technology is important because it makes you feel more secure with every area in life for both personal and business reasons. With technology advancing more people are able to have access to supplies such as fresh water and food because technology can help deliver those items to people that otherwise couldn’t get it
  • Technology can affect life both positively and negatively. New technology always changes our life very much and takes it to a new level. It is like the new way of thinking or doing the normal things differently, better and much faster with less hassle and at a much affordable rate
  • Being overly connected can cause psychological issues such as distraction, narcissism, expectation of instant gratification, and even depression. Besides affecting users’ mental health, use of technology can also have negative repercussions on physical health causing vision problems, hearing loss, and neck strain.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTS

  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Ensure access to End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
  • Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  • Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. We have identified major issues and challenges that our communities face and we are looking for solutions on how we can address the issues

SOLAR ENERGY

  • Solar energy works by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity for your home or business. Our sun is a natural nuclear reactor. It releases tiny packets of energy called photons, which travel the 93 million miles from the sun to Earth in about 8.5 minutes. Solar cells can be used to generate electricity from sunlight. It is a device that converts light energy into electrical energy.
  • Examples of solar energy include: Solar heating, Solar water heaters and space heaters are becoming increasingly popular, In new light, LED technology is a true game-changer, Rooftop solar, Solar transportation, A new way of cooking on solar power, Charging electronics, Under the sun.
  • Common Solar Uses include: Residential Homes, Every home or business needs hot water and electricity, Holiday Properties, Central Power Stations, Other Recreational Applications, Solar Water Heating Systems, Industrial Applications, Water Pumping, lighting, heating in the Developing World, Commercial buildings.
  • Advantages of Solar Energy include: Renewable Energy Source, among all the benefits of solar panels, the most important thing is that solar energy is a truly renewable energy source, Reduces Electricity Bills, Diverse Applications, Low Maintenance Costs, Technology Development, Cost, Weather Dependent, and Solar Energy Storage Is Expensive.
  • A few of the lesser-known benefits of solar energy include: Zero energy-production costs, Less energy lost during long-distance transport, Versatile installation, Energy production coincides with the times of maximum demand, Impact on the environment, Improved security of the power grid, Economic savings, Economic impact.

 Pros                         

Cons

Lower your electric bill                      

Doesn’t work for every roof type

Improve the value of your home

Not ideal if you’re about to move

Reduce your carbon footprint    

Buying panels can be expensive

Combat rising electricity costs 

Low electricity costs = lower savings