Women Empowerment Gender Equality
Cultural and social norms continue to hinder the empowerment of women and also contribute to the increased HIV/AIDS infection. Polygamy and wife inheritance are still being practiced, particularly among the poorer section of the population. On the positive note, Kisumu women have been politically active since Kenya’s independence. Kisumu was the first town in Kenya that was headed by a woman mayor. In addition, other strong women politicians from the area continue to take an active part in shaping the Kenyan future.
Conservation of Lake Victoria. Fresh Water Lake has been defiled by polluters and sewer. It is a major cause of waterborne diseases. 60% of the residents do not have access to clean drinking water and rely on shallow wells, rivers/lakes and rainwater.
Hunger affects 840 million worldwide and 200 million in Africa
Mushroom Farming in Kiambu:
(A Pilot Project)
ICAP is partnering with Kibichoi farmers association, a community based organization with about a hundred farmers to implement the mushroom farming project
The project is tailored to improve the social economic standards of the people of Kiambu in line with MDGs. ICAP will share the technical know how to the peasant farmers. ICAP staff have received training in mushroom farming.
Mushroom farming will provide an alternative to mainstream agriculture.
The farmers are expected to make profits from the project after assistance with the inital start up funds . They are eight harvests in a year.
Kibera, Nairobi Slum Project:
(Transforming Life in the Slums)
Kibera is the largest slum in Africa with a population of about a million.
Kibera is located southwest of Nairobi City center and is the same size as Manhattan Central Park 2.5 square kilometers or 630 acres. It is about 5 kilometers to the Nairobi Center City. It holds more than a quarter of Nairobi's population.
Since the 1970's landlords have rented out their property to a significantly greater number of tenants then legality demands. Since the tenants, who are extremely poor, are unable to obtain or rent land that is legal, the slum dwellers find the rent offered to be comparatively affordable.
The number of residents in Kibera has increased accordingly despite its unauthorized nature. The residents are multi –ethnic in terms of demography. Many coming from the rural areas due to lack of opportunities.
Kibera is not only densely populated but is also heavily polluted by soot, dust. And other wastes. Open sewage routes, in addition to the common use of flying toilets, also contribute to contamination of the slum with human and animal feces. The combination of poor nutrition and lack of sanitation accounts for many illness. Not only is death by disease , conflicts and violence common inside this slum but it is estimated 1/5 of the 2.2 million Kenyans infected with AIDS live here. Crime is also extremely high.
WATER FOR KIBERA PROJECT:
Increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation through resource Mobilization:
Diseases related to lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices cause 80 percent of the illnesses. Clean acccessible and affordable water is necessary for survival. Access to adequate drinking water and sanitation serves as a catalyst for better public health, education, poverty reduction and women empowerment.
By assisting in making safe drinking water and adequate sanitation a priority in Kibera slums, ICAP will demonstrate its commitment in helping meet Millennium Development Goals and half poverty by 2015.
Safe water and sanitation is linked and fundamental to the attainment of each millennium goal
The projects will involve building water and sanitation projects with community participation and ownership.
There is a great impact on people’s lives when this basic need is met. Diseases and illnesses are reduced. Children, whose health is substantially improved, can attend school gain and gain the education needed to escape the constraints of poverty. Women and girls freed of the daily chore of fetching water for five hours daily can utilize the time more productively in making and marketing products, deriving income for the family and community.
Working with the youth to combat AIDS through education and awareness programs and mobilization of resources including access to affordable anti–viral drugs.