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Who We Are

United Cultural Empowerment and Social Community Organization -Africa (UCESCO – Africa), is a Charity Non-Governmental Organization committed to support vulnerable women, youth and children in marginalized communities in Kenya. We do this through education programs, health care provision and micro-business support  to empower and enable them take charge of their future.  

We aim to build intercultural understanding through heritage protection, support for cultural diversity and human co-existence regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. We most importantly initiate and drive projects that contribute to poverty alleviation within Kenya’s cultural communities.

Families and individuals within these communities desire change, they long for food security, good health, education, and social security. They feel hopeless in their current situation, but lack the knowledge  and resources to implement change. They deserve to live a life free from poverty. 

SCOPE OF WORK FOR UCESCO-AFRICA  

The Organization’s main objective is to alleviate poverty in communities living in marginalized areas within Kenya (SDG1).We provide different platforms through which women, men, the youth, and children get opportunities. We support our communities to gain access to quality education, get affordable and quality health care services, set up micro-businesses to meet their financial needs through the slum and rural empowerment programs, nurture their talents through sports and social engagement activities such as; Community service, Career development seminars, outreach programs, exchange programs etc. In realization of UCESCO’s vision, the organization also works in liaison with learning institutions to create  sustainable solutions for prevailing challenges within the  identified communities. 

 MAIN PILLARS OF UCESCO-AFRICA 

  1. Education and talent development.
  2. Health and sanitation.
  3. Micro business support.

OUR ACTIONS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

1 - BUILDING NETWORKS
We form women groups in slums and marginalized communities and involve them in empowering activities such as voluntary savings and loans, small businesses set up and group formulation. We also bring together College and University students within our networks(over 80 nations worldwide) to instill in them the aspirations of the society’s development agenda. We also partake in ensuring the utilization of locally available resources to achieve global standards and an industrialized economy.
2 - PROVISION OF HEALTHCARE
Through partnerships with local clinics, we serve vulnerable women and children in slums by providing health treatments, preventative care, child immunizations, comprehensive HIV care, family planning, dental screening and child nutrition. We undertake water sanitation programs, community education campaigns
in homes, schools and hospitals within the communities we are serving both in slums and rural villages.
3 - PROVISION OF FOOD SOLUTIONS
We seek to liberate locals from the grip of poverty and discrimination by empowering them financially through sustainable income generating projects, providing advanced agriculture solutions and enabling sustainable food provision solutions.
4 - EDUCATION
Through partnerships with local and international friends, we provide scholarship opportunities to needy students and free vocational training centers to engage vulnerable women in decent economic activities so as to create a thriving aura and help them build financial muscle. We pride in ensuring young mothers provide quality lives for their children in the community.
5 - EDUCATION
Many children in our communities do not receive the special care and support they deserve which has in turn led to socio-economic issues like teenage pregnancy, petty crime, and substance abuse. We introduce sports programs and engage the local youth and kids in different talent showcase programs. The programs are successfully bringing across values such as teamwork, organization, structure, discipline, and self-confidence.
6 - TALENT DEVELOPMENT
We empower women and the community members by linking them with jobs, supporting them to engage in stable and sustainable income generating ventures, introducing new revenue opportunities, building schools, creating cooperatives, forming community saving schemes, funding micro-businesses, enabling access to healthcare, providing food security and paying school fees with the overall aim of permanently transforming their lives.

OUR IMPACT

Education

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1,354 Girls have accessed education through our scholarship program. Built two classrooms at Silver Springs Secondary School that are serving more than 180 vulnerable students. • Empowered 213 Kibera Slums girls in sports (Rugby, Swimming and Football) as one way of giving them opportunities to earn from their God-given talent. • Provided back to school provisions to more than 826 vulnerable girls in Kibera Slums, and full school uniform to more than 200.
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695 Women who lacked basic literacy and numeracy skills and were enrolled in our Adult Literacy Program and vocational centers to enable them obtain the necessary education and certifications required to move forward in the job market. • 72 caregivers trained on parental role in Early Childhood Education. • Established 3 vocational training centers, serving 356 teens mums and young women for the girls and women in the communities we are serving to learn different skills
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1, 724 Children have directly benefitted in Samburu, Kisii , Kibera and Mathare Slums, with reduced malnutrition cases through 2 meals daily. 1,566 participants reached with Protection and Education Program interventions. Set up 3 day-cares now helping 320 babies of 2 - 6 years in Kibera and Mathare , previously lost in fire outbreaks across these communities . More than 40,000 children in government schools around us also benefited from our feeding program

sustainable livelihoods

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179 Children aged up to 12 months who received age appropriate immunization according to national standards. 5,400 Women enabled to access antenatal check-up. 340 Expectant women offered and accepted counselling and testing for HIV and received their test results. 10,625 vulnerable women and children in slums benefited from our free medical camps, primary health and preventative care, child immunizations, comprehensive HIV care, family planning, dental screening, and child nutrition.
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Supported 268 Women Self Help Groups in Income generating Projects. 7,609 Women Trained on Entrepreneurship, qualified for voluntary savings and loans benefits, helped in businesses set up. 182 Young women got jobs in Partners organizations. • 5 Livelihood and Resilience Programmes implemented in Machakos, Samburu, Bungoma, Migori, Kisii, Mathare, Kayole and Kibera Slums that has touched 1800 beneficiaries. .
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5,690 trees planted to improve the environment of the communities we are serving. 20 Water, sanitation, and hygiene community education campaigns in homes, schools and hospitals within the communities in slums conducted., that has touched more than 15,500 lives. Dated hand washing stations to 15 schools and public stations in Kibera, Kayole, Mukuru Kwa Njenga and Mathare to keep 2,700 children and the communities safe from the current Covid-19 pandemic. 720 teen mums participated our Monthly mentorship programs for girls and teen mums that privileged them to learn about reproductive health, about their bodies, their self-worth, finances, how to be independently successful, and good parental care

Community

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Both Direct and Indirect Beneficiaries have benefited from our programs to date

Impact Stories

Kyle, one of the beneficiaries of the School

“Now the School has 3 new classes which are almost complete. It is my hope that the Kitchen, latrines, and library will be improved with more comfortable desks, studying areas, playground, and more books for revision.”

A beneficiary recounts

“When GEM Wellington School family from United Arab Emirate (UAE) visited us, it was unfortunate that they witnessed the bad state our school was in, despite our tireless efforts to make it as presentable as possible”