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Our collective impact model is simple:

In our experience, this approach provides communities space to become fully invested in the work and related partnerships. Over 95% of the work we facilitate is conducted by the local workforce and is managed by local representatives, which is also vital to the sustainability of our efforts.

Because we are small, we have the ability to innovate and take risks. While we have been recently focused on creating rural health care facilities, we have been researching our next ventures into expanding how technology can be used as an avenue for creativity and economic freedom.

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The foundation for all our efforts in Kenya to date has been delivering the essential services of clean water and health care. Since 2007, we have conducted at least one municipal clean water project per year and have implemented solutions to provide over 1,500 people across three villages with safe drinking water. In April 2017, we passed a major milestone with the completion and commissioning of the Kiime Kimwe Health Clinic in Ikilu Village. The clinic, staffed by two nurses, a manager, and a groundskeeper, provides basic health services for over 10,000 people in the region. Our intention is to continue to expand the scope of the clinic and continue to work toward larger, more sustainable clean water initiatives in the region.One of our success indicators from the clinic is the decrease in absences of students in nearby schools. For mild illnesses, students are able to see the nurse at the clinic and return to class instead having to take a day’s trip to the hospital in town.

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2018 marks the launch of out latest project that addresses gender roles in the technology industry. Women are engaging in community development through technology and exploring educational opportunities in this field, all while meeting the needs of their families. It is our desire to increase the numbers women becoming leaders in the field of technology, offer avenues to economic empowerment, and facilitate conversations about cultural norms that may seem prohibitive to a thriving technology industry. 

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As we continue to make progress toward providing essential services in rural areas, we are expanding our efforts to include projects focused on mobilizing human & social capital to create new possibilities for local industry and trade. We see technology playing a vital role in this vision, and we are working collaboratively with local & district leaders to discuss ways in which we can contribute to economic growth & sustainability in the region.

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The ability for a community to thrive is directly related to its environmental health, and our goal is to instill the desire to preserve the environment throughout the communities we serve. Activities such as litter clean-ups, educational walks, and volunteer-led projects will help reinforce how connected we all are to the health of the planet. These activities target children, who in turn exert influence on their peers and elders. We seek to produce long-term effects such as reduced pollution, improved sanitation, and increased awareness of the need to preserve the country’s valuable natural resources, including its wildlife.

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The communities with whom we work in rural Kenya value education; we see examples every day, from the pride exhibited by the children clad in their school uniforms to the smiles on the faces of teachers and students at the schools we visit during our travels. We are committed to collaborating with our Kenyan friends to improve their educational infrastructure, to help expand access to educational programs, and to continue to close the gender and age gaps in primary and secondary education in order to unlock the region’s amazing potential.

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