Carolina for Kibera works with a network of organizational. partners. Over the years we’ve come to realize an important fact – our impact in the Kibera community is greater and stronger when we partner with others.
A map illustrating Carolina for Kibera’s network of partners was featured in August of the 2012 calendar for the Center for Global Initiatives. Though not exhaustive, it gives one a sense of the diversity and breath of the partners with whom we work. We reach across continents, campuses, sectors, and disciplines.
We are delighted for a new partnership in 2013-14 with the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). Over 2 years, RMHC is supporting CFK to help decrease child mortality in Kibera by creating a sustainable, locally-managed system of 100-trained community health promoters (CHPs) serving households with basic care and health education. Reduction in child mortality from preventable diarrheal disease using a community-managed strategy will save lives and demonstrate that Kiberans can effectively address health concerns without dependence on inequitable, expensive healthcare. In addition, the CHPs will serve as the core component of our long-term, holistic strategy for increasing wellness and disease prevention in Kibera.
UNC faculty and students from the School of Social Work are working with us to explore how to help Kibera’s youth increase their financial stability. The Kibera workforce development initiative is designed to build the capacity of young people in job and soft skills, financial assets, and planning for the future. We believe that the intervention in the project will increase earnings, skills, financial assets, facilitate permanent employment and continuing education, and create entrepreneurial opportunities for young people. This project is innovative because it is driven by the needs, hopes, and ideas of youth in Kibera. It adopts a holistic perspective on economic empowerment that includes employment training, work experiences, mentorship, financial services, and saving. By connecting youth to employers and the business community, we will help expand their networks and encourage a future-oriented mindset.
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