Community outreach is one of activities that CADIF has integrated in all our programs. We believe in bottom-up approach and the community is our essential pillar for sustainability of our projects. We carry out sensitization, we involve the community in the planning of projects. Besides sensitization and involvement,we also empower them to take the project ownership beyond funding cycles. As such, we have been able to impact many lives positively in the neighboring communities hence the sense of carrying on with our projects.
Kisumu is one of the leading town with HIV/AIDs infection rate in sub Saharan Africa and second in Kenya. Most of the infection is due to Fish for Sex trade among women and fishermen's (JAPOYA Syndrome). Due to poverty and high rate of unemployment, climate change, there is little fish in Lake Victoria, the Lake has been invested by water hyacinth and fishermen can't get enough fish. This is the only source of Livelihood the women have ( to sell fish) so to get fish they have to exchange favor for sex to get fish at discounted rate, this is dehumanizing but also its one of the cause for High HIV/AIDS prevalence. CADIF has been targeting such woman with alternative livelihood support program, we train them on Entrepreneurship, assist them with small start-up capital , provide them with alternative life skills so that we reduce dependency on fish hence increasing their bargaining power for safer sex and reducing HIV/AIDs. We target fish landing beaches along Lake Victoria.
The youths have been the core strength of CADIF as an organization. We perform the recruitment of the youths as our staffs, mobilizers, volunteers and beneficiaries (Youth to Youth Approach). Wee conduct a variety of training based on the need assessment to equip the youths with the relevant skills and capacity to eradicate poverty and positively impact the lives of other community members. As the future leaders of their communities, we inspire them to actively involve themselves in policies making process.
My name is Phelly, I'm am now a youth leader, trainer, and motivational couch because of the experience I got from CADIF, I joined the program as Volunteer Mentor supporting international volunteers locally, then got my first opportunity to travel abroad for 4 month exchange program in Slovakia, I came back and got job but still volunteering part time with CADIF then later got second opportunity for one month training in Spain through CAZALLA and today, I earn my living as trainer . Thank you a million time....many young people wish to have such experience you have given me.
My name is Akinyi Alice, my business is well known as Mama Sarah Shop, i make tailored made cloths , I have benefited from CADIF micro credit program, the zero interest KIVA loan has enabled me expand my business, improve my stock and now I can pay for my daughter college fee. I hope many will continue to benefit from this program. Their entrepreneurship training has helped me manage my business...Asante Sana.
I am a mother of four children and resident of Nyalenda slum, I thank the doctors from CADIF that saved the life of my last born child, I didn't have money to take him to the Hospital but during free medical camp, he was treated. we wish that you can have permanent medical program to benefit more families in the slums as you did to my Son Mike.
For the last 4 years I have worked with CADIF, I have developed so much in personality and experience. I joined CADIF as Student intern then later as Volunteer Teacher for the educational program, later I got chance for exchange program in Italy for 12 month under CADIF volunteer exchange program. After the 12 month learning experience in Italy, I came back to work for CADIF has Volunteer coordinator and Trainer of trainees. Now I'm am a freelance experience Youth trainer and able to take care of my life, this experience has changed my life forever, I'm grateful to CADIF.
My Name is Ivana , a Slovak nationalism, CADIF has been a good host for me during my 9 month volunteer program in Kenya supported by European Union through my sending organization Keric , during this period, I learned a lot from the local community that has helped me shape by career and experience . I thank the people of Kenya for a wonderful hospitality, I am now a friend of Kenya and i travel back more frequently.