OSENETOI

The region of Osenetoi is located in the Narok County of Kenya. The community is predominantly composed of members from the Maasai ethnic group.  

   

WE Charity partnered with Osenetoi to implement community-led, holistic, and sustainable programming across the five-pillar development model to support new resources and expanded access to education, clean water, health care, food security, and economic opportunities.   

   

Together, we have built sustainable mechanisms to support community growth as the people within the region of Osenetoi continue to drive their own transformational impacts.  

 

Located 15 kilometers from the nearest market town, Osenetoi is a long drive down a dusty road into the interiors of Maasailand.  The region of Osenetoi primarily uses animal husbandry as means of generating an income.  The region is particularly vulnerable to floods and droughts.  

 

Education is at the core its community engagement. The community encourages and supports its children in attending classes and there has been a significant increase in student population since the beginning of the partnership. The improved teacher to student ratio is reflected in an increased rate of students transitioning from primary to secondary school, and improved academic performance on national exams. Additionally, ten students from Osenetoi primary school received scholarships and were able to attend the Kisaruni Group of Schools. In the case of Osenetoi, WE Charity has also supported two nearby regional feeder high schools by building new classrooms and renovating existing community infrastructure, including classrooms, administrative offices, a dining hall, and dormitories.   

 

Osenetoi community members have experienced improved physical well-being. Through the provision of a clean community water system, piping and community access points, all community members now have access to clean water. Students, teachers, and staff at the school have better sanitation facilities, and WE training has increased the ability of the community to manage water at a community and household level.    

 

The following photos represent the 35  schools or school rooms constructed by WE Charity in the region of Osenetoi.  Each of the photos corresponds to a unique room including classrooms, a dining hall, administrative offices, and/or student dormitories. 

The following highlights reflect a small sample of impacts from our partnership with the region of Osenetoi.     

 

EDUCATION

  • A significant increase in student enrollment since our partnership began.

  • The school’s standardized test scores ranked first among WE partnered schools in 2014 and 2015   

 

WATER

  • 100% of community members have access to clean water through implementation of a community water system, piping, and community access points   

  • Improved access to sanitation facilities for learners at school  

  • Conducted community and school water and sanitation trainings to promote safe water purification practices and clean water harvesting techniques  

  • Trained and empowered a water management committee to ensure the sustainability of clean water projects in the community  

 

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HEALTH

The 10 Habits of a Healthy Home program trains members of the community to implement basic health and sanitary indicators in their homesteads.

  • 84% of all households in Osenetoi have participated in the 10 Habits of a Healthy Home program  

  • Community members have improved access to quality healthcare through Baraka Hospital and Kishon Health Centre  

  • Conducted community and school trainings to encourage sustained safe health practices, which have realized a reduction in vaccine preventable diseases and maternal complications during pregnancy    

FOOD

  • Supplemented school nutrition program   

  • Over 30 total agricultural trainings held over the course of partnership

  • Access to large scale farm for provision of sustainably grown diverse foods and the opportunity to learn first-hand about new techniques and crops  

  • Community members empowered to provide their families with a more diverse diet, improve food security for their families, and are equipped with modern farming skills and knowledge that will sustain them for years to come 

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

  • Over 80 community members have participated in an Economic Empowerment group, with over 550 total economic empowerment trainings completed

  • All participants have developed financial literacy skills and have joined in both group and individual income generating activities, which have improved their household incomes 

  • Some participants have become trainers, helping to support and train new economic empowerment groups within the community and promoting the cycle of economic sustainability  

WE CHARITY'S FIVE PILLAR DEVELOPMENT MODEL

WE Charity’s five-pillar development model empowers communities to break the cycle of poverty over, on average, a period of five to seven years of construction and local skill-capacity building, with a goal of long-term sustainability. Projects are focused on education, clean water, health care, food security and economic empowerment.  

  

This holistic model starts with education, usually building schools or school rooms (including classrooms, libraries, kitchens, teachers’ accommodations, and school offices), that are then supported by other infrastructure needs key to breaking the cycle of poverty.  

   

Building new schools or school rooms (or renovating existing structures where possible) are not the only inputs into the five-pillar development model. To date, WE Charity has built or renovated over 850 schools or school rooms in rural Kenya. Each school room is furnished with the necessary supplies, such as desks and chairs, libraries with books, and other essential items for teachers’ offices and accommodations. Funds are also allocated to critical program needs that ensure quality services are delivered. For example, teachers must be trained and housed, students need healthy meals, and health care facilities (training and supplies) are necessary to look after the health needs of both faculty and students.   

   

This model and needs extend to all the pillars, such as training for those maintaining water projects; education of community and family leaders on agriculture and healthy food; recruitment, training, and housing of medical staff; and the cost of economically empowering the women of the communities to ensure the development model is financially self-sustainable.

 

Primary school rooms and regional high school rooms may include the following: a classroom, a library, teachers’ accommodations, an administrative office, a science lab, a student dormitory or a school kitchen, which are all key elements of our education programs. All educational infrastructure is designed for the best learning of students. 

   

WE Charity’s records and finances have been reviewed annually by independent auditors, and WE Charity has undergone a special review for its international activities from a respected forensic auditor, confirming that WE Charity operates with the highest financial integrity.    

   

The following photos each document a unique school or school room used for educational purposes which was constructed or renovated by WE Charity. Most of the buildings are stand-alone, while some school rooms are adjoining, in multi-room structures (where indicated).   

   

Renovations (where indicated) may often include structural and foundation repairs, walling and floor rebuilding or repairs, roof rebuilding or repairs and the provision of important educational infrastructure including desks, chairs, and blackboards to ensure a conducive environment for children to learn. Learn more about renovations to education facilities, here

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EXPLORE A MAP OF THE REGION

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