What We Do

Water Points and Smart Farming

Build water points for better access

 

Water is exceptionally scarce in the Kenya drylands. Women in drylands can walk over 25 km from their homes in search of water, taking them away from their families for up to a week at a time. Rural areas face similar challenges. Long distances and transport limitations confine water collection and use to human and animal consumption while the desiccated land remains inhospitable to crop farming. Such obstacles perpetuate food scarcity in the regions. 

 

Civicom Aid’s 2023 – 2027 strategic plan supports building 180 drylands community water points and 40 rural water points equipped with boreholes, storage tanks, solar pumps, and residential piping extensions. These new access points will enable people to grow crops, improve sanitation, fight hunger-related deaths, provide in-household water, and supply the food security needed to live and fight malnutrition.

 

In return for the aid, each beneficiary is required to plant at least 10 trees to help address deforestation and combat emissions that contribute to climate change.

 

We need hydrologists to perform feasibility assessments of identified site locations as well as volunteer builders. 

 

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Train farmers in smart farming methods

 

Farming lays the groundwork for alleviating food insecurity. Civicom Aid’s farming projects build upon our rural and drylands water points to empower people to grow their own food on their own land. We teach a curriculum of smart farming skills including planting and irrigation strategies, pest detection and control, harvesting methods, and storage methods. 

 

Where farming previously failed due to extreme heat and lack of water, aid recipients will receive the water, tools, and guidance needed to feed themselves and their families. Any surplus can be shared within the community or sold for profit, feeding not only the stomach but the pocket as well.

 

We need agronomists to work with our farmers and teach using our smart farming training materials. 

 

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Maternal Health and Malaria Prevention

Promote safe and effective maternal health care 

Most villages in rural areas, drylands, and slums exist far from the closest health care center. This lack of access directly contributes to high morbidity rates for mothers and babies. While midwives and health extension workers can be a link to health centers, educating women directly about pregnancy, maternal health, and child care is the first step to reducing high morbidity rates outside city centers. 

 

Civicom Aid’s maternal health program, launching in 2023, promotes health care from the prenatal period through childbirth and beyond by educating and empowering women to understand the requirements for healthy pregnancies and births and how to mitigate the risks that contribute to miscarriages, stillbirths, and illnesses that threaten the life of mother and child. Healthy and educated mothers lead to healthy babies and children. 

 

We’re looking for experienced health care workers and other volunteers to teach women in rural areas, drylands, and slums using our maternal health training materials.

 

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Prevent malaria

Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to contracting malaria which makes malaria prevention key to saving the lives of Kenyan and Ugandan mothers and children. Roughly 75% of the Kenyan population is at risk for malaria. While great strides have been made in malaria prevention, we at Civicom Aid believe we can do more. 

 

As part of our maternal health program, we distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets and mosquito repellants to pregnant women and their families. 

 

We are looking for volunteers and partners to raise money to buy nets and repellants, distribute these resources, and train proper net and insecticide use.

 

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Inclusive Education

Civicom Aid promotes the education of children who are underserved, excluded, and at risk of dropping out of school due to family obligations or social unrest. By providing scholastic materials and scholarships, as well as building and improving school facilities, Civicom Aid plans to make education accessible to historically neglected populations.

 

Provide drylands and rural school water points

Many schools in rural and drylands areas are located 6-7 km from the nearest water source. With no direct link from the source to the school, children in rural areas walk in shifts to fetch water (often dirty or contaminated) during school hours. Children in the drylands do the same, often returning empty handed. 

 

Such conditions decrease school participation and increase drop-out rates. Those children who do stay in school often experience lower performance and graduation due to time away from the classroom to find water. 

 

Civicom Aid is on the ground to intervene with school water point projects in rural areas and drylands. From 2023 to 2026 we aim to have to complete 20 drylands and 20 rural school water points. At each site, we will drill a borehole, install a storage tank, and add solar panels to power solar pumps and taps.

 

We need hydrologists for feasibility assessments of identified site locations and volunteer builders to help with this project.

 

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Keep girls and impoverished students in school

 

When children receive education, the entire community benefits. When that education is inclusive, the community benefits even more. Girls and impoverished children are often the most at risk of missing education opportunities. Girls, in particular, are generally undervalued and are often treated as a source of income or an asset. 

 

We need fundraisers to raise money to support school needs like scholastic materials and scholarships

 

We are lookikng for qualified teachers to teach in the school. Volunteers could also work in the villages to promote the value of education to the larger community.

 

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Leen Special School project

 

The last two decades brought steady growth in the number of hearing and vocally impaired children in Mombasa’s villages. These children are at risk of stigmatization and isolation, leaving them vulnerable to horrors like abandonment, homelessness, and rape. 

 

Civicom currently teaches hearing and vocally impaired children on Saturdays at existing school locations. Our long-term goal is to buy land and build dedicated school facilities for these students. 

We are looking for sign language teachers. We are looking for medical professionals to help determine the reasons for the increase in these impairments in children.

 

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Kyani Nyanza Primary School project

Kyani Nyanza is a public primary school in Kaliro, Uganda. The school has existed for over 20 years without a single classroom or toilet. Children study under trees as classrooms and use nearby trees as toilets, contaminating the community land. Weather conditions interrupt their learning.

 

Civicom is on the ground to help change the situation by building classrooms, toilets, a library, and a computer lab. In addition, we are drilling a borehole and installing a water tank to bring water to the facility. We cannot do this vital work alone. We need grant writers, fundraisers, masons, roofers, architectural designers, and plumbers to help us achieve our vision. 

 

Scholarships and sanitary pads are direly needed as well.

 

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Home Biogas

The World Bank estimates that over 75% percent of Kenyans have no access to electricity. The price of fuels like kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) put these energy resources out of reach for many in the drylands and rural areas. Home biogas systems, however, enable families to biomethane from food scraps and animal waste. Biomethane can be used for electricity in individual homes. Excess can be sold for profit. In addition, a liquid fertilizer byproduct provides excellent nutrients for crops. Materials for biogas plants are out of reach for impoverished Kenyans

 

Civicom Aid’s home biogas project brings an essential resource within reach to poor populations in rural areas and drylands. Having a personal source of electricity in close proximity frees families from searching for fuel like wood and scrub brushes used for traditional fires. Girls, who often bear the burden of collecting fuel, can pursue education instead.

Moreover, this project prevents forest depletion and climate change, promotes clean energy, and prevents eye and lung complications caused by smoke from firewood. In exchange for this aid, each recipient is required to plant at least 10 trees.

 

We need funds and volunteers to finance, build, and install these home biogas systems, and we need volunteers to train recipients on how to use and maintain them. 

 

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