In 2021, we had the privilege to win an award by the Global Development Network (GDN) for the Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) under the category of Community-driven Climate-related Disaster Risk Reduction in Rural Areas. This was through a global competition that attracted over 100 life changing project from all over the world.
Our award-winning project is the Village of Hope (VoH) project where we select vulnerable village communities with high levels of malnutrition and poverty and work with their leaders and every household to transform their lives for the better. We do these through capacity building, training on good agricultural practices like organic composting and irrigation, leadership building, and financial planning training.
We give each household 2 laying hens, 3 fruit trees (Avocado, Papaya, and Plum among others), 10 banana suckers, and a kitchen garden with vegetables. This gives them a kickstart to success and enhances practical skills development. The village is also grouped in small groups of about 15-20 households where they meet weekly to share experiences and save together in their savings groups and use the money to invest into their projects.
This is a unique innovative project that solves malnutrition, poverty, environment degradation and dependency at the same time! It is focuses on mindset transformation, education, and practical skills development for social, economic, and environment prosperity.
Through this funding, over the course of 2 years, we are extending our work to include households in Karwiru village in Nyanza district and we are to begin in April 2022.
We are grateful for the GDN community, their partners and the Government of Japan for this wonderful opportunity to expand our project and fulfill our mission to combat poverty, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, and climate change among the vulnerable communities in our nation and beyond.