Charitable Activities & Social Aid
- Economic Empowerment
Training youths on entrepreneurship and access to loan facilities, posting of job and internship opportunities for youths.
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Tree planting and community/street clean ups, provision of hygiene kits to school going girls.
COTA has reached out 15,000 both street and school going girls and boys through mentor-ship and life skills training. We have also grown to the capacity of providing over 20,000 sanitary towels monthly to needy girls to keep them in school.
Despite the introduction of Free Primary Education in 2003 and Free Secondary Education in 2008, girls continue to be disadvantaged in education. Sexual maturation process has been identified to have a negative impact on the education of a girl child. One of the strategies to enhance and retain girls in school is the provision of sanitary towels to needy girls within Dandora and Mathare so as to ensure girls retention and effective participation in education. Many school going girls continue to miss school during their menses. According to UNICEF 2007 report, a girl in primary school between grades 6 and 8 loses approximately 18 weeks out of 108 school weeks. A girl in high school (4 years) loses 156 learning days which is equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of 144 weeks of school. Because of poverty most use pieces of dirty rugs, cotton wool, leaves and paper some even wash and recycle. These practices expose them to diseases and discomfort.
We encourage waste separation during disposal, beautification of the environment, sensitization and education on waste management and responsible disposal of waste.
This is one of the pillars of sustainable development primarily because it meets developmental needs by increasing the asset base and their productivity as well as providing various merchandise and amenities. Additionally, a clean environment empowers women, youth and the marginalised community by enhancing intra and inter-generational equity.
COTA initiated the “Safisha Mtaa, Safisha Akili project” (environment and mindset change) to engage in a general cleanup program, sensitize the community on the importance of healthy environment and proper disposal of garbage.
We then distribute recycle bags to youth groups’ garbage collectors.
COTA holds environmental factors so dear and has a vision of planting 1,000,000 trees in Nairobi before 2030.
We encourage you to come on board and support us by donating $1 to feed a family in one day!
- Food and Nutrition
Provision of food basket to the vulnerable in the community.
Informal settlement dwellers live below $1 a day and food crisis is extreme. Most people eat just one meagre meal a day, if at all. Hungry children do not attend school. Weakened, malnourished children die from treatable illnesses. To this regards, we have managed to distribute food basket to 12,000 vulnerable families to keep them nourished and healthy.
Offering mentorships and distribution of stationeries for pupils in schools within the informal settlements.
COTA mentor-ship program supports school going children and teenagers from grade four to form four to be responsible future leaders, maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become responsible leaders for we believe that every child deserves an opportunity to be mentored, groomed and allowed to explore their full potential.
Our mentorship program focuses on 4 major areas:
- Parenting forums: We strive to ensure that all girls and boys complete quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and practical outcomes through the back to school to school soccer match, “reducing school drop outs and having a responsible society”.
- Health education: Education on health rights, menstrual hygiene, teenager’s empowerment on protection, prevention and testing of sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and advocating on friendly services.
- Education support for needy Children: Ensuring that needy and deserving orphans and vulnerable children have access to education materials including; books, pens, uniforms and fees.
- Leadership: Training on responsible leadership qualities. Career talks with professionals and or successful moguls from the corporate world who have background from the slums and encourage taking leading roles in community service.
- JOWI TV:
We are guided by the following:
Giving youths a voice to address their issues, creating awareness and dialogue on issues affecting community, creating a platform for reports/vices and relay such information to the relevant authorities (to voice what is affecting them so that relevant interventions are taken by relevant authorities) Building capacity; to know how to effectively use the media and appropriately for personal and community development. Advocating for change in the community, encouraging use of clean content and condemn violence and other social vices.
Highlighting job opportunities available to youths and women, building capacity, skills training and talks by business people among others. Offering/linking youth/community with available opportunities, offer education and training, talks on success among others. Thereby changing the image and improving the livelihoods of the community.
Carrying out research and social audits to foster accountability and Mirror what takes place in the slums, by capturing the experiences in the communities. Highlight the positive issues and bring them to the front banner and actively participate in its development. The measure of a person is not dictated by how much they accumulate but by how they live and acquire what they have, and if it is not through the right way then we have lost as a society. That is why we stress on people living and doing everything right.