Saturday, 14 November 2015

Africa Water & Sanitation Project in Kenya

“We shall not defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation, and basic health care.” –Kofi Annan

DONATION APPEAL AND OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT HUMANITY:Many people in the developed world have never seen an actual slum in person. The conditions there are worse than you can imagine and the result is illness and death, general hopelessness and widespread depression. These people have never seen conditions improve in their entire lifetime, so they have given up hope. These are the people the AID Kenya Foundation is trying to help.There are over 10,000 households living 2 villages and two major slums without sufficient basics like water and food: The Likoni in Mombasa; Lunga Lunga and Msambweni in Kwale along the coast and the Mukuru slums in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. There are many problems there related to overcrowding, poverty and general filth. The main problem that needs to be solved is basic access to clean and affordable drinking water, and simple, but functional toilets. If we can solve these two overwhelming problems, many of the other problems will improve on their own. But today, people are dying in droves due to cholera, dysentery and other diseases related to contaminated water and untreated sewage. A large percentage of them are children under 5 who lack the immunity many of the adults have developed.

Our charitable Trust-AID KENYA FOUNDATION - is currently operating three community schools and two orphanages in these slum areas. We serve over 2,000 children daily from poverty-stricken families. We have been in operation since 2006 – so far, we have been able to provide education, shelter, food provisions and even some sponsorship opportunities for these children. However, we can only help them while they are with us. When they go home to a filthy shack with dirty water and poor sanitation, they could end up with an illness that might make them unable to return to our community schools.

Running water is non-existent in these areas and the authorities is corrupt and broken – they can’t do anything to help. Many families not only lack access to the water, they have no cans or containers to store or transport it. So they are forced to spend their meager income to buy it at high prices from street vendors.

Our plan is to drill three new boreholes, provide jerrycans to transport the water to the families that need it, and construct some permanent pit toilets (latrines) out of cinderblock and cement. This will help to combat the ever-present cholera as well as jiggers – a parasitic disease that is very widespread, from untreated water, poor sanitation and hygiene.

It is an expensive project, but when you consider the amount of people who could benefit from these small and simple improvements, the cost benefit is amazing. And if many people could just contribute a few dollars – the cost of a cup of coffee or a burger. For that tiny amount, you could be saving the life of a child. Most of the children and the communities are infested with jiggers fleas due to lack of water and hygiene issues.

Here’s how you can help:
Contribute. Any amount is helpful.
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Help us – If you are in Kenya, come and spend the day with us – learn about our operation and see first-hand what we are accomplishing. E-mail us:
Donate – You can also send us books, clothing, sewing supplies, soap, toothbrushes, anything would be helpful: Check Gifts of Love

Thank you, thank you for your help!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Campaign Against Jiggers

The KenAid Program: Kick Out Jiggers Campaign, Kenya
AID KENYA FOUNDATION, a humanitarian aid and development assistance charitable foundation in Kenya has partnered with Kisii Teaching & Referral Hospital’s Public Health Department as well as the Kenya Humanitarian Aid & Development Assistance Organization (KenAid); and the Kisii Community Development Association (KCDA), a community based organization in Kisii County, to wage a sustained campaign to Kick Out Jiggers and improve water and sanitation.

The Jiggers menace has adversely affected children, women, the youth and the elderly population living in Sensi Ward, Kitutu Chache North as well as pockets of other areas across Kisii County. There is acute water shortage within Kisii Town and the surrounding villages due to long absence of rainfall as well as rampant cutting of trees and the gum tree planting for building, domestic/home use as fuel and industrial use in tea factories across both Kisii and Nyamira Counties whose total population is 3.5 million people.

Due to absolute poverty, poor sanitation, lack of toilets and poor housing, jiggers have been able to become a scourge and menace of high proportion making an entire village in Sensi Ward to be a jigger-invested region.Under the Kick Out Jiggers Campaign  and the Kisii Water & Sanitation Project (KWSP)/Kisii Maji Ni Maisha Project, the Aid Kenya Foundation and its development will coordinate both projects to arrest the problem and help safe humanity.

According to the Kisii Teaching & Referral Hospital's Public Health Department, the Kenya Humanitarian Aid & Development Assistance Organization (The KenAid Program); and the Kisii Community Development Association (KCDA), there are over 300 households directly affected with Jiggers in Sensi Ward alone. Therefore, to wage and sustain the campaign effectively, we require the following:
1.    Potassium Permanganate;
2.    Hydrogen Peroxide;
3.     Antiseptic Solution(Doctor);
4.    Cetridine Disinfectant;
5.    Cotton Wool;
6.    Bar Soap ( Chemical Free);
7.    Bandage;
8.    Gloves;
9.    Icon(WD);
10.  Dudu Dust;
11.  Vaseline Petroleum Jelly;
12.   Basins;
13.   Water Buckets;
14.   Shoes;
15.  Water;
16. Food;
17. Transport & Logistics;
18. Spraying Pumps; 
19. Motor Cycles;
20.  Building Materials; 
21. Fuel; and
22. Accommodation for our volunteers. 

Urgent humanitarian aid is needed for the people that we have met in the village. We hereby make an urgent appeal to all my friends, families, and the entire Facebook community to Take Action, Get Involved and DONATE even if its just $1 to help AID Kenya Foundation to make a CHANGE LIVES, IMPACT HUMANITY. The Kisii County Government in Kenya has mandated AID Kenya Foundation for the next 3 years to help Kick Out Jiggers Campaign, Kenya; promote water and sanitation by sinking water wells for homes, schools and markets; build houses for the poor people especially the neglected elderly and orphans; identify Foster Parents for orphaned and vulnerable children; identify development partners for the Kisii Teaching & Referral Hospital which is serving over 3.5 million people from the entire region. We have also been mandated to run JAMII Medical Camps-Kenya, Mobile Clinics and "Field Hospitals" using vehicles of the Hospital to reach poor people in the villages. Today, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, we have an opportunity to go to Sensi Village to treat 15 families who are infected with JIGGERS parasite. Please help with donations to make that a reality. We shall keep you posted with developments. This is a grand opportunity we have to utilize skilled Government officials and resources to empower people in the villages.
You can send your donations via Western Union Payee: ARMSTRONG ONGERA; or via PayPal:Please consider donating to us via PayPal to support KICK OUT JIGGERS CAMPAIGN:

Thank you and GOD BLESS.

Armstrong Ongera II,
Executive Director,
Aid Kenya Foundation,
P. O. Box 4933-00200,
Mukuru Slums, Imara Daima, Off Mombasa Road,
Nairobi, KENYA
Aid Kenya Foundation is a humanitarian aid and development assistance charitable foundation whose mission is to change lives, impact humanity of the orphaned and vulnerable children, teenage mothers, in-and-out of school youth, women at risk and the disadvantaged populations in rural-urban slums of Kenya.
We invite you to enlist as a Foster Parent: or
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Mission of Hope Children's Center Detailed Concept

                                           Organizational Information:
Aid Kenya Foundation (AKF)  is a nonprofit humanitarian aid and development assistance charitable foundation founded in January 2007 with a mission of ‘Changing Lives, Impacting Humanity’.
The Foundation focuses its feel-good programs and projects through the Humanitarian Aid & Development Assistance Program(HADAP), a program focusing on orphaned & vulnerable children, teenage mothers, women and youth at risk and the disadvantaged populations in rural-urban Kenya in the area of mobilizing food, sanitary towels, organizing medical camps, and civic education on community issues.
The Foundation also promotes artisans, handcraft makers, and farmers, under the Foundation's Fair Trade Initiative Kenya Project. The Foundation also  co-founded, Centre for Orphaned Children(Wanalea Children’s Home), a children center caring and supporting OVC kids from Kajiado and Nairobi’s urban slums and rural Kenya. The Foundation is working to establish  The Lifeshield Community Resource Centers in Kitutu Village, Kisii County; Nairobi; and in the Maasai heartland of Kajiado- a project aimed to protect, rescue, mentor, rehabilitate and offering vocational training and occupational skills to in and out of school girls and youth. The Foundation hosts and posts international volunteers to it’s projects under the Experiential Learning & Cultural Exchange Program, as well it conducts Stop FGM Now Campaigns Project, aimed at combating female genital mutilation on girls and women, and mobilizing sanitary towels for distribution to school-going girls.
Management: The Foundation is accountably, professionally and transparently managed by an Executive Management Council headed by the Executive Director, and Board of Trustees headed by the Chairman. The Foundation has an excellent team of staff and taps the talents, and services of volunteers and Goodwill Ambassadors who are qualified to design, develop, implement, evaluate and monitor a program, project or any assignment, research or undertaking.
Office Headquarters: The Foundation is headquartered in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, at General Conference Building, Riverside Drive, Westlands, as well it maintains three field offices across Kenya with Coast Regional Office located at Serena Road, Off Mombasa-Malindi Road

Our Board of Trustee is composed of the following:
Dr. Ezekiel Okemwa (Chairman);
Dee DePriest;
Joost Van Berkom;
Juddy K. Anyona;
Gabriela Chioveanu;
Stephen Kinuthia;
Erastus Mong’are, HSC
Humphreys Okumu;
Rose Nyanchoka;
Armstrong Ongera II (Secretary/Executive Director);

Official Contact Persons:

Mr. Armstrong O. Ongera, Jr.,
Executive Director, Aid Kenya Foundation;
Tel. +254 708984030;
E-Mail: <>

Juddy K. Anyona,


The HIV/AIDS pandemic; poverty; and drug and alcohol abuse at Milalani Village in
Sabaki Location, Malindi, in Kilifi County in Kenya has caused untold suffering to the
people of Milalani Village. There are over 5000 people who have been directly or
indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS; and drug abuse in Sabaki Location and their lives
have been impacted by this scourge for now over 20 years now. Most of those affected
are children and women. The areas where the children are settled are poor, isolated
and rural where employment opportunities are scarce and difficult to come by.
The mode of livelihood remains chiefly subsistence farming, selling Mnazi, and fruits.
The children have therefore found themselves trapped in this situation of poverty,
insecurity and general unemployment. Fathers, mothers and guardians find it difficult
to feed their children, paying school fees, school dues and medical expenses are not
Having realized this situation many parents have resorted to self help employment
and self help project to redress the situation. For instance OVC and People Living
HIV/AIDS; guardian parents started have teamed up with Aid Kenya Foundation to
establish an orphanage, Mission of Hope Children’s Center, to shelter orphaned,
homeless and vulnerable children from Milalani village, and surrounding communities
across the Coast; as well a school- Milalani Community School, to offer basic education
to Milalani village children who have never been enrolled in school since birth. For the
community’s children, the school will boost of an increased school enrolment.
Also through the Foundation’s Education For Orphans Scholarship Program the
Foundation project to work with individuals, corporations, foundations, churches, and
religious institutions, hotels, and other well wishers to sponsor 0ver 10,500 children
and students from the community, across the Coast Region and at large so that they
can have an education over the next 10 years. Education in Kenya is simply expensive
going by the poverty levels of the people in Milalani village. Parents can’t afford the
fees for regular public or private schools.

It is in the context of the above situation that as Aid Kenya Foundation, we are focused
to promote education in the Coast Region of Kenya under the Foundation’s Education
For Orphans Scholarship Program through local and international collaboration and
partnership. By promoting education, the Foundation shall be working toward
achieving UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); the Government of Kenya’s
Vision 2030; and the Foundation’s Humanitarian Aid & Development Assistance Strategic Action Plan 2012-2022.

 The provision of scholarship, and scholastic materials to orphans and vulnerable children is geared towards improving on their retention at school.
This project will raise the status of those orphans, poor and vulnerable school drop
outs and enable them to access education once again.
Aid Kenya Foundation is seeking for US $ 1,500,000 to fund the project.


The dream of Mission of Hope Children’s Center (The Mission Center) was initially
born out of the Malindi Hope Project research that was conduct by Aid Kenya
Foundation under the leadership of the Foundation’s Executive Director, Mr.
Armstrong O’Brian Ongera, Jr., who had done similar projects in Nairobi’s urban
slums of Kibera, and Kitui Ndogo; Kware Slums in Ongata Rongai in Kajiado County,
in the Rift Valley just outside Nairobi; and in Kitutu Community in Kisiii County.
After meeting and interviewing parents, guardians, the community elders and seeing
many parentless children whose parents died of HIV/AIDS suffer, and many o the kids
going to the Beach in Malindi to waste themselves, Mr. Armstrong convinced the
Foundation’s Board of Trustees to work towards establishing the Mission of Hope
Children’s Center and the Milalani Community School. Based on the experience of  Mr.
Armstrong’s leadership, experience, passion and believe in the education of the
children and teenage mothers, he was tasked to work towards achieving the
Foundation’s dream for the people of Coast.

Due to increased child suffering and abuse and rampant illiteracy in the Coast Region
of Kenya, the two projects will help empower the children with education and skills.


To bring lasting and a positive change to the young children and the community they live in.

To make a real lasting difference to the lives of children through provision of quality education, care and support.


An educated Child is an empowered child. We believe in the philosophy of Nelson
Mandela: ”Education Is The Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use To Change The World”


HIV/AIDS is not just a serious threat to our social-economic development; it is a real
threat to our existence. It has reduced many families to a status of beggars in Sabaki
location and the entire Kilifi County whereby in Sabaki location alone we have about
3000 Orphans and many more destitute and vulnerable children who are at the mercy
of God. There is no family in Sabaki location and the entire Kilifi County which is left
untouched by the sufferings caused by the HIV/AIDS which is increasing rapidly.
Many children whose parents die of HIV/AIDS lack the basic necessities in life.
Traditional extended family structures are overburdened, most vulnerable being the
working age which die and leave their families impoverished. Also, there is no birth
control in the region, so an average woman can give birth more than ten times.
Achievement of literacy is undermined due to lack of finances. Many children drop
out of school to seek for food. Poverty and unemployment add salt to injury. Many
families suffer and lack the basic needs and victims of the circumstances are children.
It is in this state of depravity that at the Mission of Hope Children’s Center was
initiated by the Foundation in coordination with concerned members of the
community in a rural village at Milalani, in Sabaki Location of Malindi, Kilifi County
North Coast of Kenya to give hope to these innocent children.


HIV/AIDS is a deadly pandemic occurring in every County in Kenya. It is responsible
for the death of 2.5 million Kenyans since 1990’s. These deaths have left behind more
than three million orphans. About 1,000 Kenyans die daily from AIDS. There is still
no straight cure for AIDS; estimates suggest that over 3 million out of 40 million are
Due to poverty and unemployment, the responsibility of providing to the sibling has
become a burden to many parents. As a result of neglect and such harsh conditions
many children opt to go to the streets to beg for food to survive at very tender ages.
Some children due to neglect by parents who are sometimes torn apart in broken
relationships resulting from poverty and unemployment.
Aid Kenya Foundation, founded and established Mission of Hope Children’s Center
which is a project geared towards providing a secure environment for the HIV/AIDS
infected and affected orphans, destitute and street children, feeding, clothing, medical
care, education, spiritual nourishment, love, a listening ear to their cry and a home
away from home. It majors in care, support and education program.


The Mission of Hope Children’s Center does not receive any government funding to
support its programs. We are dependent on individual contributions which account for
the majority of our annual budget. Without your support, our mission of educating,
protecting, and caring for these orphans could not be fulfilled. These are all our
children - when you contribute to the Mission of Hope Children’s Center, you
become a member of the Mission of Hope Children’s Center family.


The large numbers of orphans in this country are resulting from the combination of
HIV/AIDS. Kilifi County in Kenya is an extremely poor area with tremendous
inequality in income distribution. While it possesses substantial resources,
agricultural, and fishery resources, its physical and social infrastructure is not well
developed, and serious social disorders continue to hamper economic development.
Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture.
In a situation where parents themselves are poor and cannot get employment, it
becomes even a greater difficulty for their children and orphans to access quality
education and other scholastic materials. The state of abject poverty facing the
orphans and vulnerable children needs to be addressed. The orphans and vulnerable
children themselves have become increasingly concerned about their own poverty.
They have felt for the need of some sort of action by either themselves or benevolent
agencies to redress the situation. For example, seeing that nothing was forthcoming in
regards to their education, some orphans and vulnerable children have started going
to the beaches to beg from the tourists. It is on this spirit that some group of
individuals formed themselves into a project (basic support for children education
project) to try to revive the hopes of these children.
The project therefore addresses the following problems and benefits to orphans and
The school dropouts find themselves in a vicious circle of poverty and helplessness,
they cannot afford basic necessities for school, they barely have enough to eat, and
they cannot buy school uniforms. The success of this project will address these issues.
Most of the beneficiaries are orphans and family heads as children living in a
challenging world and environment, they are marginalized. This project will empower
Aid Kenya Foundation has started offering scholar materials for some needy children,
but the scheme requires financial support for procuring items such as exercise books,
pens, pencil, geometric sets, uniforms, supplementary food for weak orphans’ and
some IGA for OVCs. There will be no financial returns.


The project team will be directly involved in all phases of the project. The team
however from time to time requires technical and specialized services such as that of
financial management and project management. The group has formed a local
management committee from amongst themselves, consisting of chairperson,
secretary, treasurer and two others members.
The committee is responsible for the running of the project, it also reports to the
founders during meetings Aid Kenya Foundation is the umbrella organization
rendering general supervisory and management role. The Foundation shall continue
to support the project up to the time it attains self reliance.
The Foundation’s staff include: The Executive Director, International Goodwill
Ambassador, Regional Coordinator, Project Manager, Community Development
Facilitator, Accounts Assistant and Seven Board members who shall also monitor and
report on progress of the activities of the project.
Implementation time table is attached


 -Orphans & At-risk Children have a right to shelter, food, clothing, medical care,
education and other basic needs.
 -Orphans& At-risk Children are the future generation of which a big percentage
is now orphaned, destitute, vulnerable and at risk because their needs are
- The higher level of girls’ education the longer they postpone marriage, child
bearing and are more likely to safe guard their health.
 -Provision of education has a direct and positive impact on maternal and child
health survival.
 -Universal education not only give children an opportunity for better life but also
help reduce community’s rate of infection and death from avoidable health
hazards like AIDS.
 -Spiritual, social and emotional guidance help bring up more sober and
responsible persons in the society hence reducing the breeding of dangerous
rebels who will endanger the peace and development of the community.


To promote education, health, quality life for the orphaned, vulnerable and the destitute children while endeavoring to develop the whole person for positive contribution to society.

What we do.

-To support orphans and vulnerable children in the maintaining them at the Mission of Hope Children Center and as well as providing psychological support;
-To support  350 orphans and vulnerable children in maintaining them in guardianship of their extended families in every possible way from the provision of food to payment of school fees. Currently, 154 of the kids are at the shelter and we seek to renovate a new compound donated to the Foundation to relocate some of the most vulnerable to be under protective care.
-Providing Food, Health care, text books, school uniform accommodation, education, basic rights to HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans & vulnerable children.
-Empowering HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans at risk children by sponsoring them through scholarships to acquire quality education through university/vocational levels.
-Dig a borehole and provide water to HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans &vulnerable children use and use water for irrigation and plant vegetable to be used at the orphanage.
-Develop 3 green houses to provide food to the orphans& OVCs and the community.
-Providing micro-finance services to widows and widowers living with HIV/AIDS to start small income generating businesses to sustain themselves and their families.
-To provide healthcare facilities to the communities especially the orphaned children.
-Sponsorship for school fees and other educational requirements.
-Providing clothing and all that can place the orphaned and vulnerable children to the comfort of a home.


-Reading and writing program.
-After school tutorials.
-Health and Nutrition especially to those suffering from different ailments and need special care and attention.
-Physical education
-Social interaction and Development
-Youth leadership and Development program


The next question we will tackle is who or how do we pick or determine who to benefit from the programs available.
The whole process is initiated by Aid Kenya Foundation through a letter to the District Children’s Officer (DCO) in each district through Kenya. The DCO is the secretary to the Area Advisory Council (AAC) in each district, an assignment with the responsibility of distributing the application form to schools and other institutions in the district within a given duration is vested on the DCO.The forms are made available at Kilifi District Education Office and the officer in charge of that office convenes the board where the nomination list is prepared. The list and minutes of the board meeting are forwarded to the organization who then in conjunction with the Government authorities/Administration verifies the legitimacy of the list of the intended beneficiaries of the scholarship program.
Students meeting the definition of orphaned and vulnerable children are nominated by the District Education Board using the following criteria;
-Applicants should be able to produce death certificates or burial permit(s) of guardian or parents. In the absence of the required documentation the applicant’s status as an orphan or vulnerable child must be confirmed by the District Administration and School Principal
-The Administration and management of the scholarship is carried out by Aid Kenya Foundation, The Board of Trustee, and The Sponsor (s)


 To ensure project objectives are in place project monitoring will be done from day to day this will therefore be achieved through;
-Center visits
-Center reports
-School enrollment, both primary and secondary
-School reports
-Physical and Emotional changes.
Evaluation will be done termly to determine project progress and reports made to donors.
The organization will use the following monitoring and evaluation tools based on the project activities and expected outcomes:
1) Quarterly Reports,
2) Minutes of Executive committee meetings
3) Receipts and vouchers
4) Records for inputs/outputs.
On issues regarding project sustainability it really depends on the free will donations the organization receives. This donations are basically from the community and those who are well off or well doing in their different doings in life also companies and different sectors of both private and public sectors willing to make the mission a success. Apart from the mission relying on well wishers out of the project that it will be running with different individuals that will allow and ensure the programmes run smoothly and for a long time.


 The organizations aim is to better every child’s living, health and education situation therefore any items given with the will of help in achieve the organizations goals will be appreciated in kind or cash but in order to have the home in place the organization has come up with a budget to build the home and items that will enable the children feel home. The List of Item and Budget is hereby attached or submitted upon request.
In the future the organization hopes to reduce illiteracy and reduce level on government aid from the marginalized community especially families with children and those suffering from deadly terminal illnesses. Summarily the organizations dreams and objectives with the help of several partners are;-
1 )Sponsor children in different levels of education through the scholarship system.
2) Integrated farming
3) Innovation of computer and IT skills
4) Hire professional personnel
5) Start income generating projects and production units to boost the centers income.


In concluding we will attach some stories and photographs of some of the beneficiaries of the center that the organization wishes to extend to enable a larger holding capacity so as not to leave other children out of the program. The organization really appreciates the will and wish expressed to be part of making a difference in the community.

Our  website provides forms and information of how an individual  or sponsor can be of help to the Foundation to meet its objectives. 

Changing Lives, Impacting Humanity!