Womankind Kenya.

P.O.BOX 627, GARISSA,KENYA. Telephone:254-46-2508. Fax no :254-46-3480 Email :wokike@wananchi.com

Saturday, February 11, 2006


WOMANKIND KENYA (WOKIKE):

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Womankind Kenya is an indigenous local NGO based in North eastern province Kenya with its head office at Garissa Municipality. Womankind was founded in 1989 as a welfare society by local Somali pastoral women who were committed to improving the living standards and the level of decision making of their fellow pastoral women and the girl child in the North Eastern province.

The society was registered under the NGO co-ordination ACT of 1990 in September 1995 as Womankind Kenya (WOKIKE) Reg No OP.218/ 051/ 951/ 446. The organization particularly targets women and children, the most vulnerable members of the society; it addresses issues of Education, Agriculture and livestock management, water and sanitation, campaigns and advocacy, women empowerment through civic education, emergencies interventions and women IGA programmes. It works with the pastoral communities at large to identify core problems.

Womankind aims to build confidence, raise self-esteem and empower the community we work with to participate fully in their own affair and decision making to facilitate community based projects. This is aimed to exploit the natural and human resources available in the region whist sustaining and improving the environment for the benefit of the habitants and their livestock. The organization aims to bring together the local community with their expertise and experience and the development agencies with their resource to confront ignorance, diseases, poor livestock husbandry, environmental degradation and the resultant poverty and backwardness.
Womankind forms the basis for networking with other civil society organization both at the Local and international level to create a resource centre and a forum for discussion; exchange ideas on problems affecting the pastoral community. While also Integrate the existing projects for improvement on proper healthcare and the living standards towards self-employment opportunities and initiate food self-sufficiency strategies and funding.

Friday, February 10, 2006


ORGANIZATION’S DEVELOPMENTAL STRATEGIES:
WOMANKIND’S VISION:


Womankind Kenya is committed to reduction of poverty and all its vices especially- ignorance, illiteracy, diseases and dehumanising cultural practices, to pave way for a dignified and empowered community in North Eastern Province.

WOMANKIND’S VALUES:

Womankind Kenya will continue to uphold solidarity with the poor and marginalized, especially women and the girl child. It will also continue to intensify its commitment to freedom of poor women and orphaned girl child from the bonds of poverty, discrimination and social injustices. This implies that respect for human rights, gender sensitivity, respect for religious norms, integrity, wilful and voluntary participation of community in its programmes forms the core values of Womankind Kenya.

WOKIKE’S MISSION:

Womankind exists to support the most vulnerable members of the community, specifically women, destitute children and poor households in Garissa, Ijara and Wajir districts of North Eastern Province and to build the capacity, knowledge and ability to take control of their lives.


WomanKind pursues this mission through:

§ Implementation of integrated sustainable development projects that are community managed, with special concern for poor women and destitute children.
§ Emergency response to women and children afflicted by natural and man-made disasters.
§ Advocacy for change of unjust socio-economic and political structures that affect the communities it works with.
§ Information sharing and awareness creation on the rights of women and the girl child.


WOMANKIND STRATEGIES:

Womankind Kenya (WOKIKE) programs aims at improving the living standards of the pastoral community.
Womankind will pursue these strategies through implementation of community-based multi-sectoral integrated development programs. The basis for this approach is influenced by three factors:

§ Previous funding and implementation of Womankind activities have been sector specific. By mobilizing its resources along sectoral lines.

§ WOKIKE plans and budget are prepared along the respective sectors, thus making them easy to understand and report, especially by the project staff and the partner communities.

§ During implementation, the organization will be seeking collaboration with various Government of Kenya (GoK) line ministries. This approach will be ideal to help WOKIKE identify and cooperate with the respective GoK line ministries to the relevant sector.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006



ACHIEVEMENTS:

Since the inception of the organization, Womankind Kenya has initiated the following projects that are geared towards community empowerment.

ACHIEVEMENT 1
EDUCATION:
1. Nursery school project: Four nursery schools in four droughts displaced villages with an enrolment of 540 children (135 per school) with teachers and other support staff.
2. With the help of donor the organization has put up a rescue centre for girls cum primary school with an enrolment of 70 girls with its support staff. The children are school going and therefore they are saved from the evil practice of female genital mutilation practiced among the Somali community and 200 neighbouring destitute girls attending to the primary school.
3. Constructed 8 classrooms for the Ummulkheir Girls primary school, purchased books and desks, provide electricity supply and four (4) pit latrines. The school admits girls from the rescue centre alongside the girls from the neighbouring village.
4. Through networking with other actors Womankind has managed to supply 600 hundred-text books to two primary schools in Garissa district.
5. Construction of Four (4) classrooms, provided two hundred textbooks and Purchased and distributed 120 school desks to Bothai Primary School.
6. Constructed Four (4) classrooms, Four (4) pit latrines and provided Seven hundred and Four (704) textbooks to Ijara Primary School.
7. Constructed Eight (8) classrooms Four (4) pit latrines put up a Shallow well and an Administration block to Kotile primary school in Ijara district.
8. Established and constructed Shurie Secondary School, the one and only secondary school in Ijara district.
9. Capacity building to the school management committees through trainings (six primary schools in Ijara and four ECD in Garissa) on their role and responsibilities and budget tracking.
10. The organization is a member of the Elimu Yetu Coalition where it houses the Garissa and Ijara chapters. The EYC campaigns for the education for all, and annually organize for processions and public Baraza in the campaign for the government and the community to fully participate in the education activities.
11. Support to needy children who perform well in their exams, with biasness towards the girl child. The organization through support from friends pays school fees to needy girls from poor families, who enrol in the national and provincial secondary school (now supporting 12 girls).

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


ACHIEVEMENT 2
HEALTH:

1. Through Community Trainings some Three hundred and fourteen (314) people of the rural community were trained on: Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW’s), Community Health Workers (CHW’s), Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA’s), Village Health Committee (VHC).
2. Conducted several workshops on HIV/ AIDS and FGM both in Ijara and Garissa districts.
3. Established a community drug shop for Jalish community in Ijara district.
4. Baseline survey on reproductive health was done in Garissa in the year 2001.
5. Awareness creation on reproductive health through workshops, Public Baraza and home visits.

Monday, February 06, 2006


ACHIEVEMENT 3
WATER AND SANITATION:

1. Two shallow wells in Kotile in Ijara district, the project are aimed to benefit a population of Ten thousand (10,000) people.
2. Two tube wells for the community in Korissa division of Ijara district.
3. Seven water pans (Dams) in Ijara districts.

Sunday, February 05, 2006


ACHIEVEMENT 4
CAMPAIGNS AND ADVOCACY:

1. Awareness creation on female genital mutilation, through a series of twelve (12) workshops. WOKIKE has created awareness and education on female genital mutilation with a resultant positive impact in Garissa central.
2. Collecting and disseminating information to the rural communities on matters related to their lifestyle and simple improvement. Identifying priority needs and their solutions, through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA).
3. Systematic campaigns against negative cultural behaviour, legal provision for marginalized women: - on inheritance, divorce, marital problems, violence, and other harmful practices.
4. Advocacy programmes in Ijara, raising the consciousness level of the community on their rights – create enabling environment for the community to demand for their rights in service provision from service providers.
5. Organizing lobby groups to carryout advocacy programs and issues e.g. Masalani Girl-child Education lobby group (Mitnimo girl child lobby group) Masalani HIV/ AIDS lobby group. e.t.c.
6. Carried out the National civic education programme (NCEP I) for three districts within North eastern province (Garissa, Wajir and Ijara) during the phase one project.
7. Training and disseminating of the children ACT 2000.

Saturday, February 04, 2006


ACHIEVEMENT 6
CAPACITY BUILDING:

1. Tailoring project: started 1996 for displaced mothers and drought victims. So far 142 mothers graduated and have started tailoring business in small capacities within the Garissa markets. Some 20 alumni still linked to the organization for management support are now employers within the Garissa market.
2. Trained and facilitated the formation of nine youth groups (2 in Garissa and 7 in Ijara district), eight women groups (3 in Garissa and 5 in Ijara) and 4 water point management groups in Ijara district.
3. Guidance and counselling to widows and schoolgirls.


ACHIEVEMENT 5
INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES:

1. Induced an Income Generating Activity (IGA) through micro-credit to three women groups with 124 members as beneficiaries in Garissa.
2. Constructed Hotel and lodging facilities as an Income generating programme for Ballah women group- in Masalani division of Ijara district.
3. Established a community drug shop for Jalish community in Ijara district.
4. Provided 150 beehives for the women groups in Bodhai location in Ijara.


AGRICULTURE:

1. Ongoing irrigation scheme for Abalatiro community Masalani division of Ijara district to benefit three hundred households as a pilot project, with a total acreage of 124 acres.