RHD believes that education is a service of personal growth and is indispensable in the construction of a
peaceful society. The solution to society problems lies squarely in the hands of its people. Education generates
self confidence and makes people more resilient. It provides knowledge and skills that last a life time and equips
children/person to put their talents to good use. Everyone has the right to school and should be given the
opportunity to do so. This is why we extend a helping hand to poor underprivileged, marginalized groups, orphans
and needy children/people to access schooling /education of good quality.
Our education initiatives targets marginalized and disadvantaged children and young people living in rural and
urban slums in some selected regions in Kenya. Specifically, beneficiaries are children and students in Primary
Schools, Secondary Schools or Tertiary Colleges respectively who are at risk of dropping out of school, and those
who are facing difficulties to access further education.
RHD categorizes at risk children either High Risk or Most at Risk. High Risk children are those who are facing
education challenges due to death of parents/ orphan-hood; children with either physical and learning disabilities
and other chronic illness such as HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, and jigger infested areas; children living in groups or
families facing extreme poverty; displaced street children, pastoralist communities, urban slum refugees, and
displaced children due to resource conflict/cattle rustling/community intra-boundary conflict/forced eviction;
children faced by lack of school fees; children walking very long distances to attend school; young girls who are
getting pregnant at an early age prompting them to get married while they are still very young; and children living
within fishing and mining communities where most of boys drop out of school either to fish in Lake Victoria and
Turkana, or do gold mining in areas such Nyatike sub-county and Kakamega. Most at Risk children are those who are
showing signs of dropping out of school due to living in communities practicing outdated cultural practices such
as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); children who lack of good morals; children attending schools in dilapidated
structures, school inadequate facilities and bad school environment in general; children with poor academic
performance; hostile teachers; stressed children; child labour/ menial jobs; and parental illiteracy among others.
Our education program envision the adoption of proven educational methodologies and strategies cutting across
foundational, early intervention, basic core strategies, and managing and improving Instruction aimed at ensuring
universal access for children at risk of dropping out of school.
Primary Education: We value children. They are close to our hearts. Therefore, we have been fighting for their
rights and try to deliver immediate and lasting improvements to them wherever they are. RHD has been all along
concerned about preventing needy and vulnerable children from missing out on the right to quality education and
improving Learning opportunities in Primary Schools.
Since its inception, RHD has been operating in a strategy that focuses on access to quality education with much on
Enrolment and Retention of children, who are out of primary education, and children who are At-Risk of dropping out
of school due to poverty, social and cultural aspects, and those who are in tough environments. In the last years now,
RHD partnered with local community schools, orphanages and community administrations and churches and have implemented
the following interventions:
- RHD have provided preparatory classes and school enrolment support to 2,416 girls and 1,233 boys who were never
enrolled to attend primary or who dropped out in primary school level due to poverty, death of a parent or both
parents in 4 Counties within Nyanza region (Migori, Homa-Bay, Kisumu and Siaya). This has enabled children from poor
background and orphans receive educational opportunities to either gain access to primary education or get the
opportunity to be rejoined into education system.
Supported 500 school going orphans at Winyarago Orphanage and Mama Ngina Children Home with scholastic materials,
shoes, clothes and health services. This impacted in the lives and education of orphans and vulnerable children who
are currently living dignified and respectful life and are enjoying our timely support to access to quality basic
Secondary Education: RHD also works closely with the government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in improving education policies and interventions. These include: pushing forward the agenda of free secondary education for all children, low fee rates in private schools and elimination of other school related costs both in public secondary schools; establishment of learning facilities/schools in rural and poor marginalized communities; establishing a cash transfer program; social promotion; financial support; stakeholders/ community and parents participation and involvement; offering a complementary education; enhancing private-public partnership; safety and security of children in school facility; improving education quality and relevancy among others. By so doing this, we have managed to:
- Conducted 3 remedial learning support classes programs to 231 low performing students to help keep them in school.
Provided training in life skills, covering health, hygiene, reproductive health, pregnancy and marriage, sexual abuse and negotiation skills through formation of children clubs in Turkana, Kisumu and Migori counties. Up to now the project has benefited approximately 650 students.
- RHD has conducted several awareness-raising activities and education workshops involving community leaders, radio and theatre campaigners, and head teachers and teachers to enhance their capacities.
- Through support from international volunteer mission teams, RHD have implemented and conducted extra-curricular activities in over 20 different secondary schools within Nyanza region. This has seen the establishment of inter school debate, drama, arts, female learners’ forums, and Girls reading clubs). Through the programme, RHD has managed to distribute sanitary pads and upgrading sanitation facilities over 12 rural community schools in Kisumu and Homa-bay Counties.
- In the past two years, RHD conducted an online fundraising and supported 5 needy but bright students in paying school fee and buy other educational materials.
- RHD has a strong working partnership with local child care centers and children homes (Winyarago Orphanage, Korando Childrens Home and Mama Ngina Children’s Home) and with support from our well wishers have been able to donate home-based care kits and medical supplies including educational materials. We also provide children with school supplies such as backpacks, stationery items, uniforms, computers among other things that contribute to a better learning environment.
RHD has a plan in place of constructing a Learning Centre for Orphaned/abandoned and less privileged Children/ community schools in Uriri sub-county. The plan will see the construction and equipping of (8- learning classrooms, 1-admin office, 2-dormitories, 8-latrines and 1-kitchen). This aimed at supporting and providing the best education system possible by creating a safe, clean, healthy, and conscious learning and living environment for children while at school, and to strengthen a sense of sharing, partnership, and social networking in Uriri District. The plan targets at supporting over 560 abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable children to acquire quality basic education.
Non-formal education: In cooperation with the PRISM-Italy, Inter Alia- Greece and Per Esempio-Italy through the support from EAC- Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency under ERASMUS+ programme Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, RHD have implemented the following key projects:
- The Young Side of the Moon Project – Benefited 200 Youth workers through capacity building and promoting the exchanges and cooperation in the field of youth between youth organizations engaged in community development from different partner organizations worldwide.
- Child Protection and Development Project- Benefited 2,500 Vulnerable Children in and out of schools, orphanages and urban streets and 1,400 youth workers working in the line of children. The project launched, tested & developed a capacity building programme on “child protection and development”, targeting vulnerable children, youth workers and young leaders, educational approaches and community experiences from different communities and regions. It also developed open educational resources on child protection and development transnational cooperation, exchange of good practices and capacity building field from different contexts.
- Grapes of Wrath Project- Benefited 4,200 street families and 1,800 local migrants by raising awareness of communities about migrants’ stories and perceptions; Fostering deeper understanding about the process, reasons and psychological impact of migration; Tackle needs of origin communities, thus, contributing to containing irregular migration; Encourage socioeconomic development at both origin and destination countries.
- Sustainable and Transformative Education for Participation in Democratic Life-STEP FORRWARD Project- This project tries to link active citizenship to formal education by drawing attention to the values of sustainability and integrating them to non-formal education activities. The project aimed at benefiting 2,400 young people - who represent the future generation who seriously need skills and competencies to effectively address contemporary multi-disciplinary challenges. It examine and record new and alternative socio-economic and environmentally sustainable structures, in a way that can be taught, applied and practiced easily, using tools for civic participation and non-formal education methods; design an educational module that promotes non-formal education and sustainability; train and support the professional development of educators and youth workers and enhance capacities for the social practitioners to promote those structures through their professional work; complement and/or propose policy reforms related to the educational system, labor market, and community development based on the results and experience gathered in the course of the project; strengthen the international dimension of youth activities in youth work and education through meetings and exchanges of practices.
- Education Action 2.0 Project: This is an ongoing project targeting to promote transnational non-formal learning to improve beneficiary’s level of competences and fostering their active participation in society involving youth organisations that aim at increasing school attendance as well as combating school dropout in both primary and secondary levels and the promotion of education through community development.
- Boosting Community-Based Tourism and Youth Work for Global Sustainable Development Project: The objective of this project is to develop a prototype community-based tourism package. This is an ongoing project and its outcome is expected to be a plus to the local and international tourism sector, intercultural exchanges and learning.
Alternative Learning program: In many rural areas in Kenya, there has been high rate of illiteracy and low participation in economic development, especially among those who are of primary school age for many years. RHD is currently working with 11-private education centres in Kenya in order accelerate alternative learning programs in the most affected areas. This aims to reduce illiteracy through the provision of alternative modes of education. This process targets different categories of learners, including youth and adults. One of the alternative modes is to consolidate learning for citizens who are too old for formal primary classes but who have missed all or part of their formal primary education. For the past 2 years, we have managed to reach 523 older children and adults, young mothers, children and young people with disabilities, and street children (children aged 12 and above, and youth or adults particularly women, and untrained teachers who are currently teaching but did not complete their primary education, those who are out of school, having enrolled and then dropped out before completing the primary cycle, and those who have never enrolled in school at all) through alternative education which directly address the needs of children and adults who do not have access to the formal system of education. The program has realized an increased number of overage children enrolled and retained in various schools without dropping out, increase in the number of adolescent girls enrolled and those re-enrolling after having dropped out, particularly due to pregnancy or early marriages; a more child-friendly and student-centered learning environment; positive attitudes about girls’ and women’s education; greater appreciation of diverse learners who have different educational needs; an increase in community involvement in education, including community ownership of the program and participation of PTA in school activities; positive attitudes about non-formal education and ALP; an increase in literacy levels among young people; a critical mass of youth who have basic education and can proceed to further education or training.
Vocational Training Program: This program aims at providing positive change and resources to improve the present and future situations for underserved young people and adults. To accomplish this, RHD has been providing outreach services, job training, and education resources to young people and adults from low income families/underserved communities to access educational, recreational, cultural, health and lifelong learning opportunities for youth ages 13-22. Since 2013, RHD have provided education sponsorship to 52 youth struggling against difficult odds to access vocational and tertiary education; support the basic needs of youth by proving a free food program and food bank for those in need. RHD is planning to create a donation centre that collect and provides blankets, toys, clothing, carpentry tools, masonry tools, Welding tools and seasonal supplies to the youth in need. All these is aimed at increasing the program and services through increase literacy rates, increase school completion rates, increased level of education achieved, increase employment rates through job skills, increase participation in community groups and projects, increase social and emotional well-being in the communities we serve.
Children’s fundamental rights program: We have establishes programs that seek to promote children’s fundamental rights mostly in rural and peri-urban communities involving school debate contests, arts, football or sport in general, Stop Violence against Children, legal support for abused children, relief of poverty among children, and advocating for the rights of all children. Since its inception, RHD have conducted 6 annual sports events in Nyanza region as a tool for enhancing children rights, rehabilitation, and inclusion; offer new opportunities to the physically disabled children and building awareness in the larger community about the abilities young people living with disabilities. This has so far benefited over 8,900 young people. It has realized an increase inclusion and opportunities for children from diverse ethnic and marginalized communities especially those living with physical disabilities through organized sports and play activities aimed at addressing inequalities in access to public places and skills, participation, health care and social integration.
Youth and Women Economic Empowerment Program:: Youth in Kenya comprise 36% of the national population but alarmingly 61% of them remain unemployed. About 92% of the unemployed youth lack vocational or professional skills demanded by the job market. The high unemployment levels have led to increased dependency levels, slow economic growth, increasing poverty levels and rising national security challenge that negatively impacts on the overall objectives of the Kenya Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). RHD always regards youngsters as the most dynamic part and source of the society. We believe that young people who internalized the importance of voluntarism also learn to be active citizens. RHD performs all its projects and programs in cooperation with the young leaders and asking for their contribution in our events. On the other hand, Women’s participation in leadership, governance and decision-making through a robust affirmative action measures needs to be undertaken in Kenya. Despite the inclusion of gender mainstreaming in the performance contracting process to strengthened accountability on gender equality in public service, women are not fully realizing their potential in all sectors especially in agriculture, education and sexual reproductive health rights. Since 2014, RHD have conducted the following Youth and Women Economic Empowerment initiatives:
- Capacity Building program: We have conducted 5 capacity building activities in Uriri-Migori county, Katito and Kisumu town in Kisumu County, Oyugisand Mbita –Homabay county, and Uyoma in Siaya county on an individual level, institutional level and community level through high level coordinated training sessions, thematic workshops, dialogue, consultation, publications, provision of access to repositories of information and resources (for example, databases, libraries and web sites), exchange programs and outreaches. This program has so far benefited over 4,200 youth and women through organized seminars, workshops, roundtables and specialized activities. We do this through a collaborative effort involving higher education, public and private sector that seek sustainable economic development and social responsibility. In the coming future we have plans to link our beneficiaries with business startup loans so that they can be able to put into practice the gained skills after their certification.
- Leadership and Governance program: We take leadership skills training seriously as it is offers tools that can help women and youth gain access to leadership positions. We have done this by supporting 10 youth and women community groups in strengthening their socioeconomic and political support systems to enhance youth democratic awareness and education of all young people through civic education, establishment of strong formal platform for matters of good governance and political accountability, equal participation of Special Interest Groups such as the marginalized youth, PWDs, and other minorities in the democratic governance and policy making process, capacity building for local Civil Societies on right based skills, resources and good governance to facilitate effective dialogue between the leaders, other stakeholders and the citizens as well as to hold the government agencies and political leaders accountable; and increase their knowledge and know-how on Multi-party political systems, civic education awareness, selection and sponsorship of political candidates, political dialogue, political experience, political resource mobilization, running of political campaigns, limited resources and intolerance to competitive democratic processes.
- Reducing Gender Based Violence and Discrimination against Women program: We fight to ensure equal protection of women from abuse (GBV), reducing discrimination and violence against persons with disabilities, advancing the equal rights of particularly, women and girls with disabilities facing multiple forms of discrimination and assisting women in these circumstances to further their education and providing support to women in these circumstances are our key focus. So far RHD is still collaborating with the local community based organizations to offer capacity building services through organized workshops and seminars within western Kenya.