Major WYI Projects
At WYI we value best practice development and community-driven solutions, working with local partners to support projects in areas of health, education, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), agriculture and livelihoods. We take a 'hand up, not a hand out' approach to development, which means we support local communities to implement projects that build their capacity to generate their own income and improve access to basic services long-term.
Our Major Projects
Mama Ann's Odede Community Health Centre
The Odede Health Centre is a WYI initiative that
brings crucial healthcare services to thousands of people living in extreme
poverty every year. It provides maternal and infant health care, HIV
testing and support, and many other services. Hundreds of women give birth
safely at the Health Centre each year, and community outreach programs provide
education and basic medical services for schools and villages around Odede.
Since opening its
doors in March 2013, the Odede Health Centre has:
- Provided more than 35,000 people living in extreme poverty with
- Delivered more than 1,000 babies safely
- Vaccinated thousands of children
- Provided more than 2,000 women with Antenatal Care
- Become an accredited provider of micro health insurance, which
allows people living in poverty to access basic health insurance and care
- Been awarded 1st Place for the standard of healthcare provided for
deliveries (childbirth) by the Ministry of Health in Kenya
The World Youth International School, Nepal
The adult literacy rate in Nepal stands at only 59% of people aged 15 years and over, and the education system is extremely poor. WYI has been fighting to change this since 1999, when we opened the World Youth International School, which was built with the help of many WYI volunteers and the local community of Gokarna.
On the 14th of September 1999, the school opened its doors and started teaching with just 24 students. Now, there are more than 500 students learning from the school every year, and it is one of the top learning institutions in the country! Thousands of children have been educated there over more than 15 years, and it is a source of real pride for the local community who can now send their children to a school of the highest quality.
The WYI school is entirely locally managed, and WYI has spent many years supporting the local team to gradually build their capacity to bring education to their community.
Sapana Dreaming Children's Home, Nepal
The Sapana Dreaming Children's Home, in Gokarna, Nepal, was built to provide a place for orphaned and underprivileged children who did not have access to their basic rights, such as a right to education and a safe and loving home. The Children's Home gives 50 children the opportunity to be cared for and sponsors them to attend the WYI School. Many of the children who are currently cared for are victims of the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake, which killed more than 9,000 people and devastated many communities, including the ones these children are from. Many of these children lost their homes and families, and are being sponsored by WYI's generous community of sponsors and supporters.
The Sapana Dreaming Children's Home is entirely locally managed and the children are supported by WYI and our sponsors. To find out how you can sponsor a child at Sapana, please get in touch with us today!
Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction Projects
In April 2015 an earthquake that killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000 devastated Nepal. The World Youth International School, which had more than 500 students, and the Sapana Children's Dreaming Home, which provides a safe and loving home for orphaned children, were damaged in the quake. Since then, WYI has been working with the local community to repair and rebuild the WYI school and children's home, and well as rebuild crucial community infrastructure that were destroyed, such as schools, water pipelines, and other community facilities.
The Nam Lolwe Cooperative, Kenya
The Nam Lolwe Cooperative is located in the rural village of Odede in Eastern Kenya, near Lake Victoria.
Most people in Odede live in extreme poverty (less than $2 per day). The area has high levels of unemployment, maternal and child mortality rates, and malnutrition and common diseases.
The Nam Lolwe Cooperative is a local group made up of community members who come together to participate in different projects together as a way of collectively improving their livelihoods. World Youth International works in partnership with the cooperative to support them in designing and implementing their projects, all of which are community led and managed.
These projects are supported by B1G1, a valued major and long-term supporter of World Youth International.
These projects include:
Happy Goats Project
This project consists of 36 members (mostly women) who each receive several goats to look after at their homes. The women care for the goats and gradually breed more, which provides their family with milk and grows their herd which they can sell at the local markets. The women also give every second kid born back to the Cooperative, so the Co-op can also generate income as an organisation and gradually become self-sustainable.
We work with women through this program because evidence shows that investing in women leads to significant social change for whole communities. When a woman earns an income, she puts at least 90% of it back into her family and community. Women are usually poorer and much more vulnerable than men, however if a woman earns money then her children are more likely to be healthy and educated. By investing in women to start their own micro enterprises through goat breeding, we are helping them to earn more income for themselves and their families, which will benefit the whole community.
The Maize Farm is a group project that almost 80 Co-op members are a part of. Together, they farm a small plot of land which produces maize (the staple food in Kenya) for members and their families. This increases food security for whole families, and creates a project that the Cooperative members can proudly take ownership of.
World Youth has partnered with the Cooperative to fund the infrastructure costs for this project, which then requires contributing members to make their own small investment into the maize farm. In this way, we have given the community members a hand-up to begin their venture and grow their own food for years to come, rather than simply providing a 'hand-out' of food, which is neither sustainable nor empowering.
World Youth has partnered with the Cooperative to support them in kick-starting a Microfinance program for its members.
The Cooperative told WYI that it wanted to be able to provide its members with micro loans (very small amounts of money) so they could start tiny businesses or other projects, with the flexibility to be able to pay back the loan later. The members borrow small sums of money from the Co-op, which they then pay back with 10% interest, which allows the Co-op to gain a small income and continue to recycle the funds as more loans to other members.
This project has been very successful in its pilot stage, with more than 90% of loans being repaid in full, and many members using the loans to start micro businesses, such as selling fish at the local markets. Most of the borrowers are women, so when they use the loans to generate more income for themselves, this benefits whole families and the wider community.
The Asembo Bay Goat Breeder's Association, Kenya
World Youth International works in partnership with the Asembo Goat Breeder's Association, a local organisation in Asembo Bay, Eastern Kenya.
Asembo Bay is located in a very rural area of Eastern Kenya, where many people live in extreme poverty (less than $2 per day).
WYI supports the Asembo Bay Goat Breeder's Association in launching its pilot and expansion projects. This has consisted of 10 families forming an association of goat breeders, and focuses on the following:
Increased Income Generation and Improved Livelihoods
WYI has supported the launch of this project by providing the funds for Asembo Goat Breeder's Association to purchase goats for each member family, as well as bucks for the Association to use for breeding. This has meant that each family has gradually increased their goat herd size, which allows them to sell goat milk and the goats at local markets, thereby increasing their family's income.
Increasing income for families means that more children will be able to attend school, families will have access to healthcare, and family members are less likely to be malnourished. By providing community members with the opportunity to earn their own income, we are providing them with a 'hand up' rather than a 'hand out'.
Increased Gender Equality
By working with husbands and wives as partners, both men and women work together to make decisions and manage their small goat farms. This creates equal opportunities, allows women to take on decision-making and leadership roles, and be treated as equal partners and family members.
Improved Family Health
Families now have access to goat milk, as well as increased income from selling goats at the local markets, which improves family health and nutrition.
Improved Farming Methods for Whole Communities
Asembo Goat Breeder's Association is a community led initiative, and brings benefits to the whole community. The Association increases its member numbers every year, and provides training and resources to local farmers so they can improve their livelihoods.