Empowering All for self-reliance” – encompasses the true spirit of KCSD and the life-changing work that we are doing to get, deaf girls, vulnerable youth and women and integrate them into the workforce. KCSD is creating future and hope for under-served deaf girls, women, and youth out of school and their communities by helping them to build employability skills and resources to reduce their vulnerability in a sustainable way.
Despite our incredible accomplishments over the past few years, we still have much work to do to get the privileged into the workforce, where they can earn an income of their sustainability, work in an environment alongside others in the society. But one thing is clear, employability skills remain one key solution to helping the world and our country-Kenya deal with the unemployment challenges we face today.
This is an established fact world over. Training that gives direct skills to young people to be able to them step out into the world of work or as entrepreneurs who run startups is where the trend of youth employment is shifting towards now.
The KCSD takes up the challenge of employability for self-independent, promotes inclusion and full development of Girl-child with hearing impairment in their community by addressing specific needs on topics such as sex education, vocational training skills, life skills health education, HIV/AIDs pandemic, divorce, counseling, poverty, school dropout and encouraging positive attitudes and improving educational and social frameworks to cope with new demands in education structures.
KCSD was initiated in 2005 as a grassroots community-based endeavor, in great part developed, supported, and maintained through the cooperative effort and donated services of local villagers, leaders, officials, and other area organizations.
We recognized that we could not assist the children in isolation to their community. Our goal is to enhance the wellbeing of all children and adults within the region, and to thereby diminish adverse outcomes for the children of the future.
• Sexual reproductive health & Rights
• Group facilitation and development
• Survival skills
• Vocational training seminars
• Sports & Development
• Regional improvement projects (including establishment of an HIV/AIDS center. Our firm belief is that while focusing on the community as a whole, this community will, in turn, become more enabled to assist themselves and others in the future.
Currently 89 children are HIV+ and receiving monthly care and medications.
HIV/AIDS STATISTICS AS OF 2014:
(resources include: UNAIDS, National AIDS Control Council, AMFAR)
• 37 Million People Living with HIV in the World
• 26 Million of these live within Sub Saharan Africa (70%)
• 2.6 Million HIV-positive children live in SSA
• 13.3 Million Orphans Worldwide from AIDS
Sexual Reproductive health & Rights
Reproductive health is a lifetime concern for both girls, women and men, from infancy to old age. Evidence shows that reproductive health in any of these life stages has a profound effect on one’s health later in life.
KCSD supports programs tailored to the different challenges people face at different times in their lives, including comprehensive sexuality education, family planning, antenatal and safe delivery care, post-natal care, services to prevent sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), and services facilitating early diagnosis and treatment of reproductive health illnesses (including breast and cervical cancer).
Child Education Program Sponsorship
Our sponsorship program offers a closer relationship with one or more children/students in the program. For a monthly donation, sponsors may choose a child from a variety of options including age, gender, single child, sibling group or vocational student. Not all children have sponsors and some children have multiple sponsors. To make sure all children receive services, sponsorship dollars are pooled and used for all the students served at KCSD. In this way, all the children/students are cared for while each sponsor gets to learn about one child/students (or more) and how he or she is progressing.
Sponsors receive communication about the child/children a few times a year. Sometimes sponsors will receive drawings or letters from the child/children. Sponsorship most frequently involves monthly contributions set up as automatic withdrawals from credit or debit accounts. Check or money order payments can be made on an annual, semi-annual or quarterly basis.
Sponsorship programs have been proven to give a child self-esteem, optimism, aspirations, and higher expectations for education and employment.