GN Kenya

KENYA

1. Kenya Head Office

Good Neighbors Kenya established its first field office in the slums of Korogocho where children often have to pick through garbage to find food, and robberies and shopliftings are so frequent that even policemen are afraid of the area. Good Neighbors is currently operating five field offices in Kenya, focusing on educational development, sanitation, and community living standards. In addition, Good Neighbors has established elementary school education centers, continued its support of the Jirani daycare center since 2006, the Mukuru community development project since 2008, and the Dandora community development project since 2009.

2. Mukuru Community Development Project

Good Neighbors Kenya collaborates with the local community to provide development projects, including daycare centers for pre-schoolers. Good Neighbors regularly visits sponsored children’s houses, provides students with school supplies and meals, and builds libraries and classrooms.

Good Neighbors also offers medical check-ups three times a year, provides first-aid kits, and holds a health education program twice a year for 781 elementary school students in the community. In order to improve sanitation conditions in the region, toilets and water tanks for residents are planned to be installed, and the slum area cleaned. In an effort to increase community income, Good Neighbors offers a microfinance program, co-production and sales systems, venture support, and classes on farming techniques.

3. Korogocho Community Development Project

Korogocho is a poor, high-crime area where prostitution, rape, and drug and alcohol abuse are common. The unemployment rate is approximately 80%. Only 20% of school-aged children in the community receive an education and approximately 80% of the region is illiterate. In response to these challenges, Good Neighbors has been providing primary education for 110 preschoolers and supports school tuition, school supplies, and physical activities to 750 sponsored children since 1996 so that the children are able to receive a good quality education. Good Neighbors also provides nutritious school meals, medical services, health education, and drug abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention education. Public toilets and water tanks installed by Good Neighbors help improve sanitation conditions in the community.

4. Dandora Community Development Project

Good Neighbors runs education and development projects in Dandora. For the 666 sponsored children in the area, Good Neighbors offers home visit consultations; provides school supplies, uniforms, and textbooks; and constructs libraries. Good Neighbors also works to improve the educational environment in elementary schools by fixing and remodeling classrooms and bathrooms, and also by holding children’s rights and parent education seminars. For young adults over the age of 14, vocational training in computers, carpentry, cosmetology, and sewing are available. Good Neighbors also provides medical check-ups and health education, and installed toilets for local residents for better sanitation in the community.

5. Meguara Community Development Project

In 1997, Good Neighbors started a community development project in Meguara by establishing a water tank and dam near an elementary school so that students would have access to clean water. Since then, Good Neighbors has supported daycare services, school supplies and tuition, meals, and the construction of libraries for sponsored children in the community.

To prevent diseases such as Malaria and AIDS/HIV in the area, Good Neighbors also holds regular medical check-up services and health education workshops for local residents. Newly installed toilets and plans for building clean water wells have also helped improve sanitation conditions in the community. To help boost local income, Good Neighbors provides farming technique classes, volunteer service trainings, and education for women and children.

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