EDUCATION REPORT

During the feeding program, guardians and caregivers are also trained on tips for self-reliance and how to stay healthy. On 1st June 2016, VICOCAP in collaboration with Upland premium dairies and food ltd fed 76 vulnerable children, 61 single women and 35 guardians from the slum at Jeremic Adventist academy. The objectives of the training and feeding event were: Offer tips on self-reliance, how to stay health and hopeful in life to 180 poor, vulnerable and marginalized people in the slum. Provision of nutritious lunch as a sign of love, care and concern to the participants. Distribution of donated foods and clothes to the participants.

We learnt from the event that there are so many vulnerable people in the informal settlements who need to be reached out with love, care and encouragement on positive living. This being an annual event VICOCAP plans a similar event this year.

 

ORPHAN REPORT

In the context of environmental degradation, revolving loan funds could give the poor and their families the ability to protect their livelihoods against life’s shocks and diversify their livelihood activities.

Imke, her family and friends in the Netherlands donated USD 300 to jump start the IMKE OVC education fund. This really motivated VICOCAP to mobilize other resources to expand the fund. The NGO annually organizes breakfast and luncheon events where friends are invited to support the fund. Bilha Atieno a total orphan from Kianda village became the first beneficiary of the fund after undergoing a vetting interview which IMKE Participated. The fund recruits one new beneficiary each year.

Other than financial support, IMKE OVC education fund does linkages and referral of orphans to other organizations which supports OVCs. Since inception, IMKE OVC education fund has linked 4 poor children to other organizations which have enabled them access secondary education. Additionally, the fund is paying secondary schools fees to 3 OVCs in various high schools in Kibera slum.

At the end of each term, the children are taken through a counseling session to nurture their talents, share experiences, motivate them to remain focused and show them love due to lack of parental love. Orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) have very special needs if not addressed can easily ruin their lives.

 As per the organization motto “we value small things” any support or donation to IMKE OVC education fund enhances the capacity of the NGO to enroll more OVCs. We invite you to visit our organization and interact with the beneficiaries. You will be greatly inspired.

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

The NGO identifies vulnerable people in the community, organizes them into solid groups and facilitates their registration with the government. The respective individuals are them trained on group dynamics, entrepreneurship, business literacy, loan management and management of sustainable income generating activities.
The trained groups are supported with credit facilities from the organization to boost their existing businesses or start up new businesses. The organization also links the registered groups to government devolved funds like UWEZO fund, Youth enterprise fund, Women enterprise fund and affirmative fund for affordable credit fund.
The groups are also engaged in table banking popularly known as Group Saving and Loan (GSL). The organization has tried to integrate all its project to economic empowerment for sustainability purpose. The NGO currently serves 204 community members from Kibera slum who are engaged in different kinds of IGAs.

VICOCAP has been trained by Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) on how to fund raise locally. KCDF also trained the management on change the game academy so that VICOCAP can sensitize the community members on how to participate in the devolved governments on service delivery.

 

 

ENVIRONMENT REPORT

VICOCAP with IDEWES and KISEP formed a consortium called VIKIDE in April 2017 to conserve the environment in kibera slum.  On 5th June 2017, VIKIDE commemorated the first world environmental day in Kibera slum. The consortium started a cleanup exercise in Makina market all the way to Kibra academy where the event took place.
The participants who included students from Nazarene and Kenyatta universities planted 121 trees at Kibra academy. There were representatives from community youths and women groups. Environmental school clubs performed environmental dramas and cited poems.
The event was sponsored by among others KCB Kibera branch, ASAS Supermarket and community business people.

The event was unique as it was organized by a consortium to celebrate the world environment day in Kibera slum for the first time. The event shall be commemorated annually with a purpose of sensitizing the community on the importance of environmental conservation as well as empowering the youths economically through garbage collection and waste management.
The community identifying the problem and finding lasting solutions from within is another uniqueness of the event.


 

JEFFERSON STORY

He tarmacked for one month hopping to get a white collar job but all in vain. He landed in a security company where he was sacked after working for only three months. He had been quietly admiring a business managed by a neighbor where they stayed. One day he took a bold step of approaching him for more information. Jeffy took an apprenticeship training in bicycle and motor repair for six months in the neighbour’s garage.  
He worked there briefly before starting his own business Jeffy Cycles in Soweto East village with a capital of kshs 10,000. He was loaned bicycles by wheels of Africa worth kshs 50,000. He sold the bicycles and repaid the loan remaining with a profit of kshs 11,000. This motivated him to expand the business.
The business has enabled him to increase in knowledge bicycle repair and creation of employment. The business currently employs 2 employees a fact he attributes to business growth. He acknowledges that his children now goes to school comfortably and has some good amount of money remaining for savings. On average, he saves kshs 300 per week in his Paradiso women which is one of the 17 women groups under VICOCAP.

By the end of January 2018, Jeffy had saved kshs 38,995 from his business profits.
Jeffy has experienced challenges in the business which includes high cost of spare parts and lack of time to market the used UK bicycles because he works with KK security. The business needs huge capital to run the business.
He is a member and secretary of Paradiso Women Group which he joined in 2017. Before he joined VICOCAP operating his business was difficult as he lacked enough expertise on business management and finance literacy. He says that getting loans to boost the business was hard as few people were willing to give loans and when they did it was under tough conditions.
Joining VICOCAP has helped him tremendously. He has attended various trainings on business management and how to manage finance, which were organized by VICOCAP. The organization has given him loans to expand his business. He has already taken two loans of Ksh15, 000 and Ksh35, 000 which has seen his bicycle and motorcycle repair improve exceedingly. Additionally, he has ventured into selling new and second hand bicycles and motorcycles.

He advices the community  to join groups because apart from monetary benefits, one gets good business ideas, ways to improve their businesses and also it enhances togetherness. He applauds VICOCAP for the support to the community especially vulnerable members.

 

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