In short, we aim to reach out to those in need with the support which is most helpful to them in the long run. We do this by focusing on the following projects.
Kivuli Kijijini Well done if you can pronounce that on your first attempt! Kivuli Kijijini means a shade in the village. It is our most recent project which was launched in April 2019. Up until 2016 most of our work as Love Your Neighbour had been focused in & around Nairobi. In 2016 we were given notice that the building which we were running a pre-school from was going to be demolished and so we began to think & pray about what our next step could be. Although we had enjoyed our time working in Nairobi & could see that we were making an impact, we knew that there were other parts of Kenya which were deeper in poverty and where people would benefit from our support. We prayed & looked around & ended up in an area of Kenya called Kilifi. Kilifi is a coastal county & areas which are next to the coast are popular tourist destinations. However, if you take a few steps inland, you quickly get a different picture where drought is an ongoing threat causing the grip of poverty to tighten with every crop that fails. This is where we wanted to make a change.
Over the course of the next couple of years, with a lot of help & support, we were able to buy land & build a centre of in that would be our hub in Kilifi. Since then, a great couple who we've worked with for years, Cleopas & Christine, moved to Kilifi to run the project for us.
Love Your Neighbour sponsorship program
In Kenya free education is not available for all children & unfortunately many from poorer families cannot afford to send their children to school. We have partnered with a number of these families to give children the opportunity to have an education. We focus mostly on families who live in the slums of Nairobi because public education is very scarce in these areas. We keep the program quite small so that we can focus on the children we have and therefore we are not currently taking on any more children.
Sozo Bakery & business Course
Unemployment is high in Kenya, especially among women and young adults. The Sozo Baking & Business course runs for 3 months at a time working with small groups of women to teach them the basics of business and a skill which they can do as a business themselves (baking). This course aims to give women the confidence to make a living for themselves and their families by starting a business with a low start-up cost. This teaches women that they don't have to rely on aid or handouts but actually have the capacity to say no to a lifetime of poverty.