We’ve recently partnered with some exciting organizations!
Rusinga Island Trust
Increase Opportunity • Reduce Poverty • Empower Community
A combination of American and Kenyan board members, their focus is primarily on education and the children of Rusinga Island. They have become our “boots on the ground” in Kolunga. Alphons Okuku oversees our projects and is our fiscal watch dog in the village, making sure every penny we send over goes into our projects. Beth Plumlee is an inspiration and collaborator here in the U.S. We are very glad for the strong new bonds we have made.
Richard R. Pelo Foundation
Melinda Pelo has spearheaded a “Student Sponsorship Program” and revamped the nursery school feeding program with the help of Peace Corps volunteer Adam Crider. The kids in Kolunga treasure education, they know it’s their way out of poverty. The program that Melinda and her family have created is a great way to help these kids achieve their dreams.
Kids Against Poverty
This program was started by 3 teenaged brothers from San Francisco after a visit to Kolunga Village. These young men have created and funded a mobile computer lab that visits all the schools around Kolunga. They have 10 indestructible laptops that recharge, in a Toyota RAV 4 with solar panels on the roof, in route from school to school. It’s amazing! Peter and I have had the opportunity to “sit in” on one of the classes. Teaching children that live in a village without electricity the skills to make it in the computerized world. KAP has funded the mobile lab through 2011.
The Peace Corps
Adam Crider is the current Peace Corp volunteer on Rusinga Island. Adam brings his legal and corporate background to Rusinga to help the people learn sustainability. We work hand in hand with Adam, getting his advise on the feasibility and sustainability of our projects.
We Care Solar
This non-profit is run by a husband and wife team, Hal Aronson and Laura Stachel. After working in the field and studying World Heath Organization statistics they observed alarmingly high infant and mother mortality rates during childbirth. Complications that can arise during childbirth often go unnoticed due to low or no light situations. Many times a health care worker is holding a flash light in one hand and performing difficult procedures with the other. The solar suitcase solves the one handed dilemma. It is a compact, self contained devise that provides a bright LED light and a power outlet. These suitcases are currently in use in 18 countries, including Kenya. We sincerely Thank We Care Solar for their donation of a suitcase to Kolunga Village.