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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
- Education and talent development.
- Health and sanitation.
- 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.
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”