BWAid 2002-2003 Projects: Kenya

Capacity Building Project
Funding Goal: $5,725
Baptist Convention of Kenya
The Baptist Convention of Kenya has planned to empower their churches and communities through the training of leaders and community facilitators for development. Their plan is to assist disadvantaged groups in the community by giving them access to shelter, food and clothing, together with empowering them physically, spiritually and mentally towards self sufficiency and a better quality of life.

In order to achieve their mission they have set up as their objectives:

- Empowering church leaders through training

- Empowering community development officers through education and training

- Empowering the disadvantaged groups through seminars and workshops and sensitizing response to basic needs through community involvement

- Empowering the street children through education

- Giving the street children shelter, security, and human dignity

- Giving the street children the necessary skills to that they can see themselves as important elements of society

- Reducing the growing number of street children

The first phase of the project will be the training of the trainers. The Associations will nominate the trainers who will be trained at the national level, who in turn will train leaders at the Associational level. These leaders will in turn train and coordinate at the local level. Training will be done in community development, conflict resolution workshops and seminars. The training of trainers concept will reduce the direct cost of the project.

The cost for training 105 trainers is $19,115 of which $15,292 is requested. To complete the funding goal, $5,725 is needed.

Immanuel Women Self-Help Group
Funding Goal: $1,590
Baptist Convention of Kenya

The Immanuel Baptist Church is located in a slum area. The area has a population of 50,000 in the city of Nakuru. The church witness in this area has been good, but it has been noted that the new converts would join the church and then would leave within 2 to 3 months. It came to light that their neighbors and friends would challenge the new converts for continuing with their old ways of brewing illicit alcohol and at times prostitution after their confession. They thereafter opted to leave the church as they had no other means of making a living and caring for their children.

The Immanuel Women Self-Help Group was formed to assist these new converts by encouraging them and assisting them to acquire trade skills, which they could use to earn a living. The purpose of the group is to create an environment which will be conducive to building the capacity of women and girls by enabling them through adult literacy, skills training, seminars and workshops.

To achieve the goal and purpose the group will continue to address the needs through the following activities:

- Organize adult literacy classes

- Offer training in trade skills and marketing

- Organize seminars and workshops on Aids, child abuse, rape and battering, abuse of drugs and achohol

- Improve basis health care

- Startup graduating trainees in trades of their own choice and skill

- Follow-up, evaluate and counsel members and trainees

- Assist and seek to assist the community.

BWAid is asked to assist with start-up costs for materials and equipment.

Salama Medical Dispensary
Funding Goal: Year 1 $23,432; Year 2 $12,500; Year 3 $12,500
Baptist Convention of Kenya

The town of Salama is on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Many people flock to this area bringing with them prostitution, violence, child labor and street children. Much of this is caused by a majority of youth who are living on the edge of poverty and survival.

The Salama Baptist Church has surveyed the area to determine the greatest needs. Their primary objective was to find out how they as loving Christians, through their limited resources, could help these needy people. They found that the areas of greatest need were for primary health care, primary education and HIV/Aids prevention. While doing the survey, it was noted that of every 20 families surveyed, 16 were needy. The ones most affected are mothers and children ages 1-16 years of age.

The main objective of the project will be to elevate the standard of living of the people and bring development to the community. In primary health care, seminars will be provided on topics of hygiene, nutrition, sanitation, etc. The sick will be treated and expectant mothers assisted. Primary school age children will be assisted with text book provision, school uniforms and salaries for teachers. Those with HIV/Aids wil receive treatment and education.