Coaching Committees to Lead

Shambani Village, Kenya

 

In the month of September, I was unable to visit and coach committees in Badasa and Boru Haro villages because of the serious ongoing security challenges for the last three weeks. Tension has been high after three people were shot dead.

 

Success Story:

 

Despite the security challenges, some community members have been trying something new. Mr. Dalote has started raising poultry as a result of awareness created in the community. He says poultry is important, mainly because of the limited access to land. Poultry production will enable him to generate income he says, and he hopes to build up his flock over time.

 

Badasa community members have realised the poverty perpetuated by the lack of access to clean water and sanitation. Collecting water is a major activity for women in both Boru Haro and Badasa Villages each day. They walk for kilometres and spend hours in line waiting to fill their containers. Young girls are forced to leave school to spend time collecting water. The Water Committee has intensified its search for springs in the forest that could be redirected to Badasa and also for ways to improve the current source. They are thinking of long-term solutions to help solve their water crisis.

 

Transformational Community Development (TCD) Update

 

Water - I have continued to coach, consult and raise community awareness so that community members are well informed and engage in the decision making process regarding the water issues affecting them. The highest priority of the villagers is having safe drinking water.

 

Food - I have continued coaching committee members to provide evidence of community needs and acting on this evidence to pinpoint challenges affecting their living conditions.

 

Income generation - I have continued to coach committee members and some villagers to help identify their strengths and weaknesses and determine ways to improve the quality of life in the community through savings and credit groups.

 

Education - I have continued to coach committee members to help them focus their attention on the education of children.                                                                                                                                                    

 

Wellness - I have continued to coach the Wellness Committee to improve the quality of life for villagers through participatory needs, identification, and engagement in a dialogue for change.
 

Thank you!

 

Jeremiah Omar
GHNI TCD Partner

 

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