What We Do
Our Projects and Social Development Endeavors
WHAT WE DO
— H4SD Community Computer Trainings for Girls
The lack of computer literacy is a significant challenge for economic and social development in rural Kenya, limiting access to information, job opportunities, and education. To address this issue,H4SD establish a community resource hub has been established in Likuyani, Kakamega County, providing computer training and e-learning platforms for children in impoverished communities. The objective is to empower girls with digital literacy skills, enhance employment opportunities, promote entrepreneurship, and encourage digital creativity, ultimately equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the digital world and improve their socio-economic prospects.
— Comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Education in schools
The lack of comprehensive sexual reproductive health rights education in Likuyani has resulted in high rates of teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and unsafe abortion practices. Many young people in the community have limited access to accurate information on sexual health and often rely on myths and misconceptions, while cultural and religious beliefs may hinder open discussions about sexuality and reproductive health. This has a significant impact on the overall health and well-being of the community, highlighting the pressing need for effective and inclusive sexual reproductive health rights education. In response, H4SD offers mentorship programs in local schools and supplies sanitary pads, soap, and clothing to girls, with the aim of eliminating adolescent pregnancies, high school dropouts, and the “sex for pad” culture.
— Promoting Sustainable Food Production with Organic Fertilizers: Agribusiness Training in Kakamega
Climate change and other threats pose challenges to agricultural systems worldwide, making sustainable and resource-efficient practices crucial for farmers to adapt and sustain their livelihoods while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Developing sustainable food value chains is also necessary to combat poverty. H4SD and TOP we are implementing resilient agricultural practices, increase productivity and production, strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, and improve land and soil quality by training local farmers and groups.
— Microcredit funds for H4SD community Members
Access to credit is a significant challenge for rural women and informal women’s self-help groups in Kenya. These groups are excluded from formal financial services due to documentation and collateral requirements, lack of financial literacy, and limited understanding of formal financial systems. Microgrants can help to fund their children’s educational needs, development projects, and boost their economic situations. The microcredit fund will be managed using a group-lending, revolving-funds system, and interest rates and loan length will be determined in relation to government policy. This exclusion perpetuates the cycle of poverty and reinforces gender inequalities, highlighting the need for accessible and affordable credit facilities tailored to their needs.
— Centralised Community Library
The Centralised Community Library will be a valuable resource for the community, offering numerous benefits to its members. It will provide parents with the opportunity to bring their children to the library, instilling in them a love of reading and promoting a reading culture, which will help eradicate illiteracy. Moreover, it will be a safe haven for children to go to after school, something that the community desperately needs. The library will also serve as a dedicated study space for primary, secondary, and tertiary-level students who often spend their weekends and holidays at home.