Nurturing children growth and development by promoting opportunities geared towards education, health and economic empowerment. It is our commitment to improve and expand on opportunities in poor communities with focus on self-reliance.
To alleviate poverty, promote education and welfare among orphans and the needy.
Advocacy and awareness creation on children rights
To enhance human capital, self-reliance and sustainability through promotion of education, health, food security and nutrition in poor communities.
WONESU takes a comprehensive approach to livelihood interventions hinged on improved food security, nutrition and income to rural households through crops and livestock production. It achieves this, first by working with communities to identify their own resources capable of being utilized to mitigate the food poverty and hunger; then, by partnering with local groups and government ministries to work on immediate support system to sustainably address the food security and malnutrition and group income; and finally, by working with individual households (HHs) to ensure continuous productivity and resilience. WONESU’s food security programming is part of a long-term commitment. We place great importance on building local capacity and long-term resilience to external shocks.
WONESU is committed to meeting standards of quality and accountability when we respond to community development issues, and making sure communities have a say in planning, implementing and evaluating our programs.
Our expansive community reach, robust network of community partners, intensity of experience and our reputation as a fledgling leader in the field of community poverty eradication distinguish us from our peer organizations and enable us to employ a targeted range of strategies to address the underlying causes of poverty, which are often exacerbated by communities’ lack of skills and knowledge. Our immediate agenda is to combine innovative, community-based programming with national advocacy efforts to influence change at all levels. The following are some of the distinctive attributes that allow WONESU to affect transformative results.
We are a champion in response to Nutritional Need of School Children WONESU is at the forefront in efforts to improve quality of education through provision of nutritive food supplements to vulnerable children. With funding from a variety of donors including the Regional Scouts Association, (BdP), Foerderverein Afrikas starke Kinder e.V, Tima Dima Global, we have not only led in production and cross breeding of local and exotic goats, but also in distribution of feeding materials to over fifteen partner schools in Kisumu County. This initiative hailed by the County Education and Children’s departments as best in providing educational and health benefits for the most vulnerable children for increased enrolment, retention, performance and transition alongside ensuring improved food security at the household levels.
WONESU provides school uniforms to children in our partner schools with aim to improve enrolment, retention and transition rates.
We provide materials to children aged 3- 6 years in early years of learning (ECD). The children engage in activities that include painting, coloring, molding, making shapes, paper mache and playing with toys in our partner schools. This helps the children exercise their muscles, practice sounds, ignite creativity and use imagination to put new things into pictures. Children also develop by improving communication between their hands, brains, motivates and nurture their strength.
We focus on young women and Adolescent Girls. WONESU recognizes that, in poverty, access and performance in education context, young women and adolescent girls from slums/ rural areas have magnified vulnerabilities and little power in decision making. Their specific needs and aspirations are often overlooked or neglected. As a result, we give priority attention to analyzing their special needs and ensuring that specific issues connected to their livelihood education and other interventions are addressed. Our programs efforts have a distinct gender focus – this doesn’t mean we only give attention to young women and adolescent girls, it simply means we recognize that their needs, and strengths, are different from those of young men and adolescent boys. WONESU, through program to increase access to menstrual hygiene products and education has so far reached over 5,000 adolescent girls in Kisumu County; produced (sewed) and trained over 600 adolescent girls on Hope pads (reusable pads) management- use-reuse, storage and disposal.
Our mentorship program also engages adolescent boys aged 9-17 year olds in our partner schools on life skills trainings with aim to mentor them into responsible future adults. The adolescent boys also are given the forum to share issues that affect then in their environment and provide in born and own grown solutions to their problems.
WONESU organized parents and guardians from one of our partner schools into five farmer groups. We then trained our farmers on crops and livestock production with aim to improve food security and income. The farmers have since registered all their groups and actively engage in production of goats (local and pure breed), rabbits, chicken (local and improved breeds) and dairy cows. They also produce local vegetables and fruits of bananas, passion fruits, grafted mangoes and paw paw.
Our farmers harvest vegetables and fruits for sale and use the proceeds to purchase basic food items like cooking oil, salt, sugar, flour for their families. They also pay school levies for their children. The proceeds also support different project activities. These include purchase of drugs for weekly spraying and deworming of project livestock. Our farmer groups have also initiated interventions like savings and loaning schemes. This has ensured they develop the culture of saving and use the proceeds for different project and family needs.
In partnership with Consortium of organizations working with children in Kisumu County, we commemorate key events of World Orphans and Day of African Child. These events provide forums for sensitization on child protection policies within the communities.