GRASSROOTS MAMA ECONOMIC & SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT
CEPACET recognizes the efforts of women as the center bolt of any society. However, due to societal imbalances and gender inequality, power and social relations have pushed women to the periphery. Women with no or little education, without a stable income generation source and young in age suffer in the hands of such a society.
In rural Kenya, the men have left most of the breadwinning responsibilities to the women. CEPACET will always be designing economic and social empowerment projects in consultation with this target group. Such projects will entail capacity enhancement and information sharing, income generation activities and participation in the leadership processes in the local and national levels. The project will include food crop cultivation for food security, poultry keeping, tailoring and dress making, making of sanitary towels among others.
HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE
Provision of care, support and protection to vulnerable children and teen mothers
Human rights are fundamental to the existence of humanity. In this program, CEPACET puts into practice the human rights spelled in the Kenyan constitution and other international human rights conventions, declarations and regional protocols that can be cited as sources of law.
Men, women, boys and girls in Kenya have suffered in many ways simply because they are not aware of the rights accorded to them by law. In particular, women and girls have borne the brunt of this. In Kenya, which has a population where 52% of its citizens are women, disregard to the observation of human rights in their treatment is a gross violation and injustice.
CEPACET in reference to the already existing documentations aims to establish core reasons as to why the rights of women, girls and children in various communities are violated starting from immediate family members and the community or nation at large.
As high as 46% of the Kenyan population live below poverty line. 75% of these are women and girls who are dependent on men for their survival. This increases their chances of being vulnerable consequently, their rights violated by all means.
As part of humanitarian aid, CEPACET will be providing sanitary towels to teenage girls in both primary and secondary schools in selected areas in Kenya. This will enable them to be in school without disruption. Further, because in our societal setting, it is the women who handle household chores, girls are a times taken out of school to attend to these chores e.g. fetching water, fire wood, taking care of the young ones among others. CEPACET will be implementing projects aimed at providing water to schools and communities to save the girls of this burden and be able to attend to their studies.
Orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) fall victim to society’s insensitivity. Kenya has more than 2.4 million orphans and more than 350,000 street children. These children need food, shelter, education, clothing, health-care and love. But many of them lack most or all of these basic and fundamental needs. CEPACET focuses to add value to the rehabilitation efforts by the government and NGOs that have established children homes/orphanages, care centers and rehabilitation centers by giving the necessary sustainable support including psycho-social support.
In March 2007, Kenya signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the only human rights treaty adopted by the International Community this Century but it has not been actualized neither do the disabled know about it. Therefore, CEPACET, looks forward to cutting a niche to itself in collaboration with existing organizations working for the disabled in doing community mobilization, advocacy, lobbying and capacity building for the disabled, their families and the societies at large. We look forward to the country in which the disabled will be actively involved in civic engagement and general socio-cultural, economic and political development.
Seeking Social Justice for Marginalized Groups:
CEPACET endeavors to reach out to marginalized communities of northern Kenya in order to interrogate and document their experiences, stories and perspectives to life with the aim of collectively developing practicable and result oriented measures to redress their human rights issues and social justice. In the dawn of the new constitution, CEPACET shall pursue home grown justice for survivors of government military operations in Garrissa, Wajir and Mandera counties and other marginalized counties such Turkana, Samburu, West Pokot and Marsabit.
ADVOCACY ON CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION, PEACE BUILDING, & RECONCILIATION
Peace is fundamental to social, economic and political development and growth of any nation. The absence of it spells doom and retards growth resulting to anarchy, wars, destruction of property and above all, loss of life.
CEPACET believes that if Kenyans reconcile and make peace with one another and practice cultural pluralism and tolerance, we’ll have a united nation which appreciates one another’s talents, abilities and potential hence making us one.
Through peace building and reconciliation, our ethnic diversity will be seen more as strength than a weakness. Together as one, we’ll define a common political future founded on the principles of accountability, transparency, equity, equality and adherence to the human rights.
This program will encourage Kenyans to develop civic engagement and non-violent conflict resolution as a responsibility and create avenues for constant dialogues whenever a misunderstanding arises.
FEEL GOOD PROJECTS: ADOPT A PROJECT
Education and Training
Education is extremely fundamental in human life. Thus, the reason why this project is important. One can contribute in adopting this project by:
Adopt a bright and underprivileged student
Sponsor the not-so-bright students in gaining technical skills
Sponsor the establishment of a vocational training institutes
Supply laboratory equipment and expanding laboratories in schools
Establish community libraries
Donate computers, printers and photocopiers
Promote talent enhancement
Award the best performing teachers, students and subordinate staff
Sponsor motivational talks and visits by university students and those who have already succeeded
- Carry out an awareness campaign in schools and public areas/processions
- Support counseling sessions and exchange program among counseling clubs in target schools
- Supporting academic contests and social activities e.g. Drama
- Provide sanitary towels to adolescent/teenage girls in target schools
- Provide stationery (text books, writing materials)
- Donate sporting equipment and supporting sports and talent enhancement
- Introduce science and mathematics awards among other languages
- Sink boreholes for the community to shorten the distance that girls walk to fetch water
Unhealthy bodies are unproductive. Healthcare is very crucial. Many people are sick but there is nothing they can do about it due to high cost of medical care. Some are suffering silently diseases they know little about. In other areas, the health facility is miles away and without transport means, on opts to stay at home hence increasing the chances of death. Malaria is no. one killer to both adults and young children, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS etc. one can adopt this project by:
Sponsor medical suppliers to existing dispensaries
Expand community dispensaries to accommodate more children, mothers and all other community members
Purchase a community ambulance van for emergency cases
Volunteer as Doctors, Nurses and Consultants
Sponsor regular medical camps
Produce and disseminate information, education and communication materials on diseases and their modes of transmission for community and individual awareness
Support teenage girls in and out of school to access sanitary towels
Our once friendly environment is now becoming worse by day due to human actions and inactions. One can adopt this project by;
Sponsoring an environmental impact assessment and mitigation study
Plant appropriate trees
Clean the rivers and controlling soil erosion
Train farmers on new farming methods that conserve environment
Establish garbage bins in towns/market centres
Train residents on environmental management
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Through ICT, rural Kenya can be opened up to the world. Adopt this project by:
Establish community resource centres
Supply computers and internet services in the villages
Open up community libraries
Install solar/wind power to rural resource centres
Democratic Governance: Leadership and its Practice
This project aims at creating a paradigm shift in the status quo of the leadership across the country. This requires that the public undergo trainings and capacity enhancement and information sharing sessions to change their attitudes and open their minds to accommodate change of the style of leadership.
People must be free to express their opinions and advocate for the right policies in every level of leadership i.e. from the village level up to the national and even international levels.
Past experiences have indicated that due to partisan and unvisionary leadership, the area is losing on its gains. Therefore, because leadership starts from oneself, people need to be trained and taught how to do so and or add to their already gained leadership skills. This subject matter is crucial as it cuts across all spheres of life i.e. economic, political, and socio-cultural and above all, spiritual.
General Feel Good Projects:
Adopt a project by:
Help orphaned and vulnerable children go to school, feed, access medical care and have a comfortable and normal life
Assist teen mothers to gain technical skills and vocational training for economic gains and independence
Carry out drug awareness campaigns among the youth in and out of school
Volunteer in community work
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