WHAT WE DO
Children Empowerment Program
Covid-19 affected a lot of people’s normal ways of operations both culturally, socially and economically. Many people were laid off from work and schools closed indefinitely and some operating virtually which is not accessible to most children especially from the informal settlement communities such as Kibera Slums.
Most parents/guardians go to work, leaving their children behind unaware of what transpires thereafter. Peer pressure, misuse of the internet, and substance abuse remains major spoilers to the unmonitored children.
ETCO provides children empowerment programs every Saturday. This program focuses on mobilizing local facilitators to offer health and safety talks as well as encouragement to local children. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we also offer a meal to every child who participates in the program since many families are facing food insecurity.
We serve at least 200 children every Saturday.
Food and Non-food donations Project
Currently we have served approximately 6,600 vulnerable families within Nyayo Highrise Ward and surrounding neighborhoods from since February 2020.
We’ve tried our best to ensure that a female children do not find themselves victims of sexual exploitation in order to meet basic needs such as buying as sanitary pads. It is one of our main focuses to provide girls with female hygiene products such as sanitary pads and to also educate them on the negative impacts of early/unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections. We have been able to do this because of the generosity and care of women based organizations we partner with and other willing and able donors who offer their support.
We have found out that many male children are faced with higher rates of substance abuse, peer pressure and even suicide attempts due to depression. We help lower the chances of those negative life experiences by engaging with them in positive activities such as sports and healthy lifestyle curriculums that have been donated by volunteers and sponsors from the community.
Education Sponsorship Project
ETCO has identified very bright and talented children during its programs. We believe that to improve their access to future opportunities, a secure education is crucial. That this will not only positively impact the educated children, but also children in the future as these students grow up and see their dreams and goals realized.
Parents and guardians have a hard time making decisions about how best to spend their limited cash. Many face the tough decision of feeding their family or taking their children to school. We want to ease this burden for local families by providing education sponsorships.
Therefore, we endeavor to connect sponsors to our Education Project so we may see to the education for 20 bright and talented children from primary school through the end of secondary school. Our model of a specific number of students throughout their academic lives shows our commitment to follow-ups and true empowerment throughout their entire childhood. As each set of students graduates from form 4, we will be welcoming new students into this sponsorship program, so that we are always investing in the lives of 20 students every year from class 1 through form 4.
To send a child to school it costs approximately 5000 KES per term. This ensures a good relationship between ETCO and local schools, as well as uniforms and supplies for our growing children.
Nairobi Dam Conservation Project
Located in the heart of Nairobi, the Nairobi Dam was built in the early 1950s to provide back-up water supply to downtown Nairobi, storing water flows from the Ngong River and the Rift Valley escarpment. In the late 1950s and 1960s it became a popular destination for sailing, swimming, and fishing among colonial and Kenyan elites. It was a source of clean water for usage by the Kibera Residents. Today it is considered a serious health hazard and a risk for the city, it’s partially collapsed.
A number of attempts both by the government and organizations to clean up the dam and its reservoir have had limited success because the focus has been solely on rehabilitating the reservoir while neglecting to address what happens upstream.
The Nairobi Dam Conservation Project is a project concept developed by our Environmental Department, focused on reducing and eventually stop the inflow of solid waste that enters into the dam through its inlets. The solution is designed in a such a way that includes constructing three level garbage barriers using metal (garbage screens) in each of the inlets to prevent the solid waste from reaching the dam. This is also intended to create job opportunities to approximately 92 youth members. Each inlet will be assigned 20 youth members who will be working on a daily basis.
These members are willing to work on the voluntary basis and we believe a stipend will be an appropriate appreciation for a day well spent. Providing this opportunity to members will be an excellent way to empower them. In addition, the collection of these garbage will also be of more benefits to the youths members by sorting out the garbage into recyclable and non-recyclable then sell them to gain some continuous revenues that will ensure long term sustainability of this project.
Daycare facilities in most informal settlement communities are poorly furnished, less equipped, and have poor health and sanitation standards. Even more troubling are the insecurities families feel of losing a child through theft. ETCO is looking to launch Little Children Daycare Centre where parents would feel free to go for their daily hustles without the stress of where they have left their children and the kind of care they are receiving. This gives parents ample time to work and be productive.
This daycare project is committed to clean, safe, secure, and an educative atmosphere that will have pocket friendly prices. This daycare will also provide meaningful employment to local qualified adults.