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May 2014                                                                                            Volume 10

The USAID Inuka Community-Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project delivers a metal roof to a vulnerable family's new home in Siaya County. The family's 15-year-old son, Victor (front right), helps carry the roof.

Photo Credit: USAID/Ric Francis
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Spotlight on Counties
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Kisumu County Gains Greater Access to Water
USAID/Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman joins the Honorable Jack Ranguma, Governor of Kisumu County, at the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company ribbon cutting in Nyamasaria.
Photo credit: USAID/Robin Johnson

Through its Sustainable Water and Sanitation for Africa activity and Development Credit Authority (DCA), USAID helped Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company, a local utility company in Kisumu County, to develop a feasibility plan and financing proposal to K-Rep Bank, which resulted in a loan of KSh 20.1 million. The loan enabled Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company to construct small pipe infrastructure for the low-income settlement of Nyamasaria, resulting in greater water access for 16,000 people and seven schools in the Nyamasaria area of Kisumu County.


"This project introduces innovative payment terms that make water connections affordable for everyone, especially low-income earners.  At the same time, the payment terms provide the utility with the capital required to extend their service network to informal urban settlements," said USAID/Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman at the ribbon cutting.


USAID/Kenya uses DCAs to help mobilize financing through several local banks, including K-Rep Bank, Rafiki Microfinance Bank, Jamii Bora Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank. Contact USAID Financial Inclusion for Rural Enterprise (FIRM) to learn more.

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Students in USAID-Supported Schools Score Three Times Better in Literacy

The USAID Primary Math and Reading Initiative recently released its findings from impact assessments in NairobiNakuru, Kiambu and Kisumu Counties. 


Students in Primary Math and Reading were between two and three times more likely to meet Kenya National Examinations Council benchmarks in literacy compared with students in control schools. Using a revised cost-effective text book, the initiative was also able to increase the text book to student ratio from one book for every three students to one book per student, without spending any additional Kenya Shillings. 


"Before Primary Math and Reading, my teachers had problems handling lower classes. They used to force the pupils to know how to read and recognize letters. But when Primary Math and Reading came, it became very easy for them to handle lower primary. Teaching has become so easy. Pupils understand and find it easier to recognize letters and even join sounds to read words," said Kennedy Ouma, Manager of Emmaus Education Center in Nairobi City County (pictured below with his students). 

Go here to find out more about the Primary Math and Reading Initiative. 

E-Extension Program Expands Agricultural and Nutrition Services to all 47 Counties 

USAID joined the Government of Kenya at its e-Extension Program launch in Embu County on April 14, 2014 to promote an Agri-Nutrition Resource Manual for Trainers. The manual will help rural households improve their nutrition and reduce lifestyle diseases, increasing their resiliency during times of drought or high food prices.  In the last nine months, the partnership has equipped and empowered more than 4,000 county experts and trainers to reach 50,000 households for improved nutrition.


The USAID Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Ministry of Health to produce the Applied Basic Agri-Nutrition Resource Manual for Trainers and toolkit.  The manual is a development effort to help transform the dietary behavior of rural Kenyan farming families.

USAID/Kenya Director of the Agriculture, Business and Energy Office Mark Carrato hands Principal Secretary for State Department of Agriculture Sicily Kanini Kariuki a USAID-supported Agri-Nutrition Resource Manual for Trainers at the launch of a Government of Kenya e-Extension Program in Embu County.
Photo credit: USAID/Judy Warui
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USAID Community Partnerships Reduce Vulnerability for Children and Families

The USAID Inuka Community-Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project marks the first time that USAID/Kenya has directly partnered with a local Kenyan organization to implement orphans and vulnerable children activities.  


Inuka partners with communities to identify vulnerable families with the goal of providing care and support for 11,000 orphans and vulnerable children infected with or affected by HIV in Siaya County. In East Uyoma (Siaya County), the community chief identified Alice Awino Omingo and her family of four children as vulnerable.  Alice, a widow, and her 15-year-old son, Victor, are both HIV positive.  Inuka community volunteers conducted a needs assessment and found that Alice and her family needed better housing. Alice's community built the structure and Inuka provided a metal roof.


USAID orphans and vulnerable children activities foster sustainable systems that help local communities ensure that  vulnerable children and families can lead productive lives instead of being a burden on their communities. It's a partnership.

Photo credit: USAID/Ric Francis


Allen Okode (above) is the recipient of another thriving orphans and vulnerable children partnership. Allen's mother lost her eyesight due to AIDS. With help from the USAID APHIAplus Western activity, she's now on ARVs and leading a productive life. APHIAplus bought Allen new shoes for school; his mom pays his school fees, because she is now well enough to work. APHIAplus helped renovate their home and assisted them to start a vegetable garden. Allen now has more energy to complete his studies. 


USAID orphans and vulnerable children activities are community partnerships - families have to invest. Together, the community, benefactors and USAID lift orphans and vulnerable children out of poverty and help them to become productive members of society.


Find out more about USAID activities that support orphans and vulnerable children.

46 Kenyans Selected for Inaugural YALI Washington Fellowship
Forty-six outstanding young Kenyan leaders, selected from over 5,000 applicants, have been invited to participate in President Obama's first-ever Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship. The 46 Kenyans will join 450 other exceptional leaders from across Africa in a six-week academic and training program at one of 20 prestigious U.S. universities. The Fellowship kicks off in June.

Returning fellows will have an expanded network of professional contacts and enhanced leadership skills with which to spur peace and prosperity in their home countries.

Duncan Ogaro Mikae (above) is one of the 46 Kenyan YALI Fellows who will travel to the U.S. in June. Mikae was the founding president of the Bungoma Youth Bunge Forum and a former national organizing secretary for the National Youth Bunge Association, part of USAID's Yes Youth Can program. He is devoted to civic leadership and wants to provide young people with enterprise opportunities. He's looking forward to supporting innovative start-up companies upon his return to Kenya.

Go here to read more about YALI and view a video message from President Obama encouraging young African leaders to join the YALI network.

To partner with USAID in a Global Development Alliance for YALI Regional Leadership Centers, go here.
Expanding Leadership Opportunities for Kenyan Women


MP Busia County Hon. Florence Mutua with National Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Chairlady Beth Syengo - two examples of Kenyan women who are providing leadership.

Photo credit: Maureen Daka

According to a USAID-supported post-election gender audit carried out by the Federation of Kenyan Women Lawyers, historic barriers still undermine women's inclusion and participation in leadership.  Women seeking political office still lack critical political connections that would enable them to secure the initial nomination from their respective political parties.  This coupled with inadequate financial resources and irregularities in political party primaries lock women out.


"USAID is starting early to support sustainable initiatives aimed at addressing some of these barriers.  We are supporting the National Democratic Institute and the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association to initiate a women's leadership training and mentorship program.  The program helps women build their leadership and campaigning skills and expand their political networks," said USAID/Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman at the inaugural training.


Program participants were selected through a competitive process targeting: (1) young and emerging student leaders, (2) women party members, and (3) elected and nominated ward representatives interested in seeking elective office or a higher position in the next elections.  The USAID-supported program targets 150 women from Nairobi, Kisumu, Kiambu, Makueni and Uasin Gishu.  


Send an email to the National Democratic Institute Country Director to learn more.

Youth Embrace Commercial Farming in Machakos County
Twenty members of the Tusuanie Vamwe Youth Group in Ngelani, Machakos County recently set up a Young Plant Raisers Nursery with help from the private sector. Syngenta, a global agri-business firm and USAID partner, is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to engage youth in the agricultural sector by introducing them to innovation and technology. 

Stephen Mutiso, Tusuanie Vamwe Youth Chairman, says the partnership has united the group with a shared interest. "Each member in the group has adopted some sort of commercial business practice," said Syngenta agronomist Joseph Wambua Masela.


At full capacity, the nursery can hold up to 30,000 vegetable seedlings. Depending on variety, each seedling can sell for four to seven Kenya Shillings. From October 2013 to March 2014, the group sold a total of 149,469 seedlings earning them more than KSh 600,000 ($7,000). With their proceeds, youth members have invested in cows, sheep, and goats. They have also purchased farms, built homes, paid college fees, and started other businesses. 


USAID supports public-private partnerships to encourage innovation and sustainability.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, and We Have Thousands of Pictures

Pamela Atieno Okoth, a member of the Pedo Youth Bunge in Migori County, bundles fish for sale. Fishing is just one of several enterprises that the Pedo Youth Bunge has initiated to earn money and contribute to their community.

Photo credit: USAID/Maureen Daka
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