Peace Charter was in partnership with Social Bandage, UAE and currently implementing several projects in Makueni County, Kenya namely:
- Kangondi Polytechnic
- Mutini Dispensary Health Center
- Mutini Primary School
- Kitonyoni Dispensary Health Center
- AIC Muuani
- Wee School for the Deaf
1. Kangondi Polytechnic:
This is the only youth life skills training center in the area with over 5,000 residents who majority are youth and been unable to continue with formal education. The Polytechnic is offering girls with dress making skills while boys are securing carpentry and masonry training.
Peace Charter through funding support by Social Bandage supported institutional capacity building in the polytechnic with additional equipment, tools and materials including:
- 4 additional modern sewing machines with accessories
- 5 cloth rolls for dress making and accessories
- Assorted carpentry, masonry and mechanic gadgets and safety gear.
Impact: The polytechnic has a capacity to not only to train the youth in the region but now has the capacity to generate income through dress making and provision of carpentry and building industry materials for the community. With continued support, the polytechnic can become the economic hub of the community through job creations and spurring construction works.
Challenges/ Way forward: The polytechnic still needs support of equipment and electricity connectivity to expand training programmes and ensure internet connectivity to reach its full sustainability potential. On priority include, masonry works, vehicle mechanic equipment, electrical connectivity (genset, solar energy, windmill or rural electrification transformer) and electronics, construction of a full equipped training workshop, students dormitory and computing equipment.
The polytechnic is a manned by a local community committee that includes the local chief and an assigned manager. It secures some minimum operational funding from the local government to meet salary requirements though in the near future, local generated income will ensure self reliance.
2. Mutini Dispensary Health Center:
This is a community initiated project and the only available health center in the area that has over 400 households. The community was quite moved and excited by the Peace Charter/ Social Bandage support with the hospital equipment donated.
Impact: Before the intervention, the dispensary only had empty rooms but now it has become operational, thanks to Mr. Khalid, Christine and others. In addition, pregnant mothers are also able to access delivery services unlike before when they to travel over 20 Kms to the nearest district hospital.
Challenges/ Way Forward: The dispensary is need of source of power to ensure use and access of state of art hospital facilities and internet connectivity. Construction of a fully furnished maternity wing is desirable.
To ensure sustainability, the dispensary has a local committee and an assigned doctor, nurse, lab technician and clerk who ensure day to day care and maintenance of the health center including patients care. Patients are also expected to do cost sharing with the government to ensure medications supply and employees salaries.
3. Mutini Primary School:
Again this school is just next to the dispensary above in this very impoverished community. With Peace Charter/ Social Bandage intervention the school secured initial renovation and paint job since its inception.
Impact: The learning environment is now conduicive and air borne diseases are now minimized with no more dusty floors and rusted walls. Students retention will also be firmed up. This initiative will inspire learning and education in the community to ensure current children and future generations are empowered to better their living standards and livelihoods.
Way forward: Installation of power source would ensure commencement of a computing lab and internet connectivity to connect the institution with the global community and prepare the students with the ongoing technology. The school also has enough ground compound for additional classes and even commencement of a secondary school.
The school has a local community committee with structures with the Head Teacher as its secretary; Kenya Government supplies some learning materials and pays the teachers.
4. Kitonyoni Dispensary Health Center:
This is the only health center in this area with over 5,000 impoverished population. Peace Charter/ Social Bandage supported the finishing construction works in setting up the floor, plastering the walls and paint job and also supplied needed medical equipment.
Impact: The community is quite thankful and appreciates Peace Charter/ Social Bandage for making their dispensary fully operational; they pray for continued partnership. Community residents, about 500 households can now access health services in the neighborhood and pregnant mothers are able to deliver on state of art facilities.
Way Forward: The Health Center is supported by the government with a revolving doctor, fulltime nurse, lab technician and a clerk. The local community also has an established committee that performs over sight works. Day to day operation expenses are co-shared with the patients to ensure medical supplies and salaries.
Installation of piped water and electricity would enhance the services delivery at the Center.
5. AIC Muuani:
Peace Charter employees supported the church with flooring work. Pending is the electrical wiring, walling, floor tiles and paint job.
Impact: The community is quite appreciative and gospel work is highly boosted that ensure peaceful co-existence in the community and hopefully many more will be converted to Godly ways.
6. Wee School for the DEAF:
Peace Charter bought 12 mattresses, food stuffs and health packs for the 40 children currently enrolled in the school. The Principal and the community as a whole was quite thankful and hopefully their entire proposal will be supported in full.
Way Forward: The institution needs an income generation project to ensure the children are food sufficient such as chicken and rabbits rearing. The Government provides for the limited learning materials and pays the teachers.