Project #233 | Community Resource Center for Children & Families in Kenya

Our Partnership with Mwanzo

The HIV/AIDs epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa left an unprecedented number of orphans, with grandparents and teenagers serving as heads of households over the past 2 decades. These orphans did not have the opportunity to be educated. As they begin having families of their own, the community and their aspirations have grown. Believing that significant transformation happens through education, young parents in Rabuor, Kenya wanted a school for their children, but resources were insufficient. The community reached out to Mwanzo’s Founder and Executive Director Loyce Ong’Udi, who was born and raised in Rabuor.  Mwanzo built an elementary school and established innovative agriculture programs and microenterprises, bringing new beginnings to Rabuor and her neighbors. The school–Mwanzo Wetu Center of Excellence Academy (MWCEA)–has become more than a school, nurturing the next generation, providing local employment, serving as a hub for information, and a source of pride and a symbol of hope for the community.  

One Day’s Wages partnered with Mwanzo and the community of Rabuor to build the foundation and ground floor of a two-story community resource building, to house the youngest class of Mwanzo’s early childhood development (ECD) program, a health services room, and a computer lab with internet, fax and copy services. The building is now located adjacent to the the school’s kitchen and dining hall.

Our Collective Impact

Elementary Students Impacted

Students Attended ECD Program

Construction Workers Employed

Meet Molly

My name is Molly and I am a school teacher at MWECA. Soon after marrying, my husband, who is a contractor, and I moved to Rabuor. He heard of the construction of Mwanzo Education Center and was hired to help build the new school. As a result, I was also hired as a teacher in January 2017. It was my happiness and continues to be, for a chance to develop my career and also nurture the young ones, some of them orphans. I can relate and empathize with their position since I was orphaned at a very young age. I am also appreciative that the students, though they have many personal challenges, are in an institution with teachers and staff who share similar experiences and therefore support the little ones from a place of understanding. Since I joined the school, I have great peace of mind through my stable salary.  Mwanzo also supports teachers through continuing education which has helped me to pursue my diploma course in education. I am ever so grateful for Mwanzo.  I am proud to be a teacher and a parent in this great institution.

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our children’s education fund.

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