This falls under MCF Prevention initiatives targeting the most vulnerable children and in the risky state.
Society faces a number of challenges. Most of which have exposed children to risks and untold suffering. For instance, Kenya has over 8 million people living in extreme poverty.
In such a scenario, community outreach and empowerment programme efforts had to be doubled or even more, to cushion the community from the extreme suffering. MCF reaches to the community with support and assistance that has pulled many households from a state of mere survival and despair to a state of self-dependence. MCF undertakes training and educational support, health care, spiritual nourishment and feeding to the orphans and vulnerable children in the communities in Kenya. This is in response to increased levels of poverty; dictates of climate change like drought, famine and hunger; effects of HIV/AIDS; abandonment and child abuse.
Establishing community-based schools and providing support to the existing schools
MCF has established five community-based schools to provide an opportunity to children and young people who could have otherwise not be able to access formal education given the prevailing condition in their community.
- MCF Vipingo primary school at Rea Vipingo in Kilifi county currently serving 270 pupils.
- MCF Kipsongo primary school at Kipsongo slum in Trans-Nzoia county currently serving 260 pupils
- MCF Lodwar primary school in Turkana-central sub-county- Turkana County currently serving over 700 pupils from an IDP camp
- Dr Charles Mulli Secondary in Yatta sub-county serving over 800 needy students
- MCF Vipingo secondary school at Vipingo in Kilifi county serving 100 students
Providing support to the existing schools
MCF extends its support to existing schools to build their capacity to provide quality education. Among other support, it has been building classrooms and sanitation facilities, installation of the energy-saving cookstove, provision of school uniforms to the needy children, provision of complementary teaching staff and provision of stationery.
School feeding program
In every term, MCF supplies food to over 20 schools in vulnerable communities where most of the families cannot afford three meals per day.
This program benefits over 8,000 learners every term. It has recorded a significant impact such as
- Reducing learners’ absenteeism,
- Increasing attentiveness and active participation of learners in the classes
- Increasing learners’ participation in co-curriculum activities.
In an effort to strengthen the family foundation, MCF seeks to empower women by;
- Providing employment in its various projects to at least 250 women.
- Offering training which develops their various skills in cottage industry as well as small scale farming.
- Facilitating the dissemination of information to women groups that promote the establishment of small businesses, table banking, and child protection among other support services.
- Goat project for widows
- Child mothers/Teenage mothers in business startup initiatives.
Provision of clean water
Many communities in Kenya especially those in the arid and semi-arid area have no access to clean water for domestic use. Women and children travel a long distance in search of water. In an effort to ease the challenge, MCF seeks to ensure the provision of free clean water to surrounding communities and schools, for instance;
- MCF Ndalani water project serves over 1500 households within Ndalani location.
- MCF Lodwar borehole serves the entire Lokarparaparae village with over 300 households,
- MCF Kipsongo borehole serves entire Kipsongo slum with over 1,800 households
- MCF Vipingo borehole serves over 1,500 households in Rea Vipingo.
Advocacy and capacity building
MCF organizes and facilitates annual stakeholders’ seminars on child care, children rights, National standard on best practice of charitable children centre, international instruments on child protection and child care and child protection policies among others.
MCF also organizes for annual agricultural field days for the small scale farmers in arid and semi-arid areas to promote good agricultural practices in these regions.