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“WEFOCO has come a long way starting with nothing to where we are now. Together we can help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.”

(Esther N. Mumia, Founder and director of WEFOCO)

 

Western Focus Community Organisation (WEFOCO) is a community based organization (CBO) in Shianda in Western Kenya that was started in 2004 as a self-help group and later registered as a community based organization in 2009. WEFOCO consists mostly of women’s groups in several areas and is focused on orphans, families suffering because on HIV/AIDS and generating incomes of those in need.

WEFOCO-s mission is to develop sustainable community based initiative that promotes welfare of community people.

WEFOCO-s vision is through its activities directly or indirectly reach to every vulnerable child in the community.

Our Approach:

  • Education: 25% of primary school aged and 75% of secondary school aged children in Shianda can’t affort education. We work to ensure that all children in Shianda village join school. This helps them stay out of child labour, as well as building a promising future for themselves.
  • HIV and AIDS campaign awareness: Compared to other areas in Kenya, high number of people is infected with HIV and AIDS. Our aim is through awareness raising and counseling to reduce the rate of infections provide care and support for people living with AIDS and their families.
  • Income generating activities: Most people are poor due to unemployment, low job opportunities, ignorance and lack of education. We work to give people necessary knowledge and opportunities to enlarge their incomes.
  • Capacity building activities: Large parts of the population in Shianda, especially people who are living in deeply rural areas, lack access to education and information. We work to strengthen the skills, competencies and abilities of people so they can overcome the causes of their exclusion and suffering.
  • Gender inequality: Women are not treated equally to men and they are discriminated in the society due to the traditional culture. We work to give women necessary counseling, to give them a voice and encourage them to be independent and stand up for their rights.

WEFOCO collaborates with Kenyan Ministry of Health, National AIDS Control Council, Ministry of Agriculture, Children Department of Government and Estonian NGO Mondo. WEFOCO hosts regularly foreign volunteers.