Abba Self-Help Project
Become is honored to be a partner in the inspiring work being done by the Abba Self Help Group, in Kuoyo Kochia, Western Kenya. On a beautiful pocket of land, a short walk from Lake Victoria, the Abba Self Help group runs a community driven orphanage for 27 of the region's orphans.
Dependant only on the hard work and dedication of the community, the orphanage is supported entirely by income generating activities in the community, such as a communal flour mill, an experimental garden, a water purification facility, agricultural initiatives, a primary school, and most significantly, a clinic that provides health services to the community
We believe that the Abba project can serve as a model for development interventions around the world. Locally established and entirely self-sustaining, the project has mobilized the community to work towards change in their region and does not rely on foreign aid to continue operating. Become seeks only to increase the impact of existing income-generating, awareness raising, and community empowerment activities.
Summer 2013 - Boistering the Clinic for a Sustainable Tomorrow
A delegation of talented volunteers traveled to Kenya last summer with Become, to rebuild the clinic, and facilitate a number of community health awareness raising initiatives facilitated by medical experts from our team and Sylvia, Abba's co-director and resident nurse. Rebuilding the clinic has enabled it to reach the next step in recieving certification with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, a critical step in providing top quality health care to a region with few medical resources, as well as to increase the traffic in the clinic bringing more income into supporting the orphans at Abba.
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Summer 2014 Volunteer Delevation
When: The middle of August to end of September. Volunteers will arrive August 19th.
What will we do: This summer we will work on a number of ongoing initiatives aimed at providing holistic care for the children at Abba as well as to better the livelihoods in the community:
Who can volunteer: Become seeks dedicated volunteers with experience in international development, or with specializations in medicine or agriculture, as well as experience working with at vulnerable children. Volunteers must come with a deep sense of cultural respect and humility, understanding that while their presence on the ground is appreciated, the project is owned and run by the community.
Interested: We are accepting applications from volunteers until the 15th of April
For more information, or to apply, please contact Ben Vorspan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Kochia, West Kenya
Local Partner: Abba Self-Help Group
Project Aim: To support orphans and the community through innovative, income-generating activities
Results as of 2014: