adopt a village

Wajir County, Kenya

Adopt A Village

Wajir County, Kenya

About the Project

The Adopt a Village Project (AVP) has come to embody hope for a new development path in Wajir County, Kenya. The project is an effort to develop village-level means of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, described as an integrated community-level development strategy to end extreme rural poverty. Through Adopt a Village, we aim to end basic needs deprivation, attain at least base-level livelihood requirements, and develop villages for a more progressed socio-economic status. We aim to bring together the best parts of development thinking on local knowledge and sustainability to create a new approach to poverty alleviation.

The project will target four villages and one school in Wajir County. The villages are namely, Bulla Elmi, Bulla Abdiaziz 1, Bulla Abdiaziz 2, and Bulla Hariri. At the epicenter of these villages is the Elmi Primary School, which is attended by children of all four villages. 

problem context

Wajir County is  in the former North Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Wajir. The county has a population of 661,941 and an area of 55,840.6 km. Wajir County is among the most underdeveloped regions in northern Kenya. The inhabitants of the focused areas of four villages in Wajir County (Bulla Elmi, Bulla Abdiaziz 1, Bulla Abdiaziz 2, and Bulla Hariri) are ethnic Somalis.

Historically, Wajir has been identified as one of 14 marginalized counties and one of three counties that have been hosting refugees for two decades. It also has experienced significant deficits in service delivery, infrastructure, economic opportunities and affected by the climate change impacts, and insecurity which can be used as an indicator that measure the state of a county’s health and education system, infrastructure, and poverty levels.

The main economic activity in Wajir County is pastoralism with some agro-pastoralism being practiced in the Northern part of the county. The vast tracts of land in the county provide the grazing pastures for the large camel and cattle herds present in the county.  Over 70% of the population [in the region] derives their livelihood chiefly from livestock and livestock production. Governments and NGOs have made large investments in pastoralism, but the results in terms of reduced poverty, improved well-being have been insufficient the poverty level in Northern Kenya is 84% due to many reasons some of which are historical factors, weak governance, and climate change that contributed to the misery of the local community. This poverty is manifested in pre-urban centers where there is large number of unemployed people. These dropouts from pastoral economy normally engage in alternative livelihoods mainly small-scale business that contributes to the wellbeing of urban families.

Wajir County has a child rich population, where 0-14-year olds constitute 52% of the total population. This is due to very high fertility rates among women, as shown by the highest percentage household size of more than 7+ members at 68%. The lower proportion of 0-4-year olds is due to high infant and under five mortality rates.

The four villages of Wajir county face many challenges in basic services that vary between climate change, water scarcity, sanitation and hygiene, food security, communicable and water prone diseases, and malnutrition, unsafe housing, poor school infrastructure and services for the protection of children, and physical accessibility to basic services.

The project’s framework focuses on six components that reflect the needs of Wajir County:

education
rehabilitating local schools

Enhancing the current educational setup in order to facilitate learning and providing a safe and secure learning environment to the children who attend this local school. The enhancement of this school will address the identified critical needs of the students by providing flexible, comfortable, appropriate access to education and safe water. Furthermore, fencing the school, digging a borehole for clean water and building a kitchen to provide food for the students, will help students attend their education correctly and reduce the effect of drought.

Research has established that children’s learning outcomes improve significantly as a result of their environment. The current condition of the school is not sub par with adequate standards of safety for the children. 

UMR will renovate the school building and grounds in order that children have a safe environment to learn. and play in.

Elmi Primary School

water, sanitation & hygiene
building boreholes

Ensure access to safe drinking water, and promote access to appropriate and safe sanitation facilities. UMR’s intervention in these four villages aim at improving access to quantity and quality of available drinkable water through construction of boreholes and extending the pipelines to reach out to the village centers and initiating proper houses. The bulk of the population in the above-stated villages are pastoral dropouts who are living from their small herds and manual activities such as working as house-helps and casual laborers. Through training and grants to s mall start-up businesses, they can be empowered.

​People have reported an improved life conditions that allow people to live with good health, dignity, comfort and safety.

Bulla Elmi Bulla Abdiaziz 1, Bulla Abdiaziz 2, & Bulla Hariri

healthcare
building medical clinics

Good health care services are mostly in urban areas — the average distance to the nearest health facility for these four villages is15Km. The provision of health care is not only a basic need but also a pre-requisite for development, health is pivotal to the achievement of overall wellbeing of human social and economic development, and the provision of adequate and affordable healthcare prevents premature death, it forms the basis on which facets of development can be achieved Today, the international development agenda is driven largely by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In relation to health, key pillars to be achieved for Africa and Kenya by extension include; the reduction of child mortality; improvement and reduction of maternal health and combating HIV/Aids, malaria and other major diseases Northern Kenya included (United Nations 2000). Building a clinic for these four villages will ease the health problem faced by these communities.

People have reported an improved life conditions that allow people to live with good health, dignity, comfort and safety.

Elmi Primary School

community engagement
constructing a community center

To mobilize self-community actions and development, and to build capacity on a community-based level for better economic development.

People have reported an improved life conditions that allow people to live with good health, dignity, comfort and safety.

Bulla Elmi Bulla Abdiaziz 1, Bulla Abdiaziz 2, & Bulla Hariri

solar energy
Building Solar panels for electricity

Ensuring an eco-friendly lighting, and provide an ecological atmosphere in the community.

People have reported an improved life conditions that allow people to live with good health, dignity, comfort and safety.

Bulla Elmi, Bulla Abdiaziz 1, Bulla Abdiaziz 2, and Bulla Hariri

livelihoods
vocational training for women

UMR will duplicate its signature Jasmine Project in Wajir, in order to economically empower single female-headed housesholds.

Giving women a chance to learn new skills and financially support themselves and their families will allow beneficiaries to become less reliant on aid.

Wajir Community Center

Phase 1: Complete

In collaboration with Wajir County, UMR proposed AVP to improve access to basic health, WASH, educational services, expand economic opportunities, and enhance environmental management for communities in Wajir County.

UMR partnered with SAAB RDS INC, with FEIN 84-4061559, incorporated in Nevada and REALTEC Construction Limited, with PIN P051660518W, registered under the Company Act Law in Kenya to implement the project.

Phase 1 of the project had seven pillars: classroom renovations, building a fence around the school for protection, building a brand new kitchen and dining center, constructing a borehole and elevated tank for clean water run by solar panels, building a medical clinic, renovating toilets for hygiene, and connecting the school to electricity.

impact of the project on the community:
pre-construction phase

  • Direct employment of 20-30 villagers, including women, daily for 3 months.
  • Learning of new skills (e.g. Masonry) from teams sourced elsewhere
  • Improvement of households due to increased income
  • Material supplied by local suppliers created a ripple effect of benefit to the local community

impact of the project on the community:
post-construction phase

  • Increased learning hours for children
  • Improved health due to proper sanitation, availability of clean water, and the medical clinic
  • Enough water for people and livestock generated from the borehole
  • Improved school security

before & after

BEFORE

SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

AFTER

SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

BEFORE

CLASSROOM RENOVATIONS

AFTER

CLASSROOM RENOVATIONS

BEFORE

NO FENCE PROTECTING THE SCHOOL

AFTER

NEW FENCE

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