Meet Leonora Obara,
Kijiji Cha Upendo Children's Project
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10 a.m.
47 Queen's Park Crescent E.,
Second Floor Boardroom,
Toronto (We regret that this boardroom is not wheelchair accessible.)
Come help us welcome Leonora Obara, Program Administrator for the Kijiji Cha Upendo Children's Project, a World Day of Prayer 2016 Grant recipient. Find out, first hand, how your World Day of Prayer support has been at work this year. Please let us know if you can join us so we know how much tea and coffee and how many muffins to make.
The Kijiji Cha Upendo Children's Project was designed for the economic empowerment of women caring for HIV/AIDS orphans in Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya.
What is Kijiji Cha Upendo doing for children in Kenya?
Kijiji Cha Upendo Children’s Project, or KCU, is a registered community-based organization in Kenya, working in the impoverished Kibera area to support families providing physical and emotional support to orphans and other vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
What is the goal of the project?
The goal of this project was to economically empower 28 women caring for HIV/AIDS orphans. Through training and start-up capital, they could develop new small businesses and earn enough income to provide food and school fees, in addition to love to the children in their care.
How does a training project for women help children?
The dominant causes of poverty among women are illiteracy, negative cultural attitudes/practices, lack of property ownership and ownership rights (Gender and Poverty Report, 2010), and the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS, which is skewed heavily against women (National HIV/Aids Strategic Plan, 2000 - 2005). Women remain largely disadvantaged because they are unable to secure loans, they have little access to firm income and they remain unaware of their legal rights and self-worth (SGA, 2010).
To address these obstacles we need to empower women to bring about positive changes in their lives and societies through their participation in economic activities.
Was this project a success?
Yes! There are now 28 women
- trained in small-scale business management;
- funded for income-generating activities;
- maintaining, improving and expanding businesses;
- increasing their capacity to care for and support vulnerable children;
- reporting positive changes in their relationship with the orphans in their care.
What about the children?
Vulnerable children are
- getting help with school fees;
- receiving vocational training;
- improving in physical and emotional health.