SOCIAL ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION- Case Study
- Published: Friday, 07 September 2018 08:11
Mukuru is among the fastest growing informal settlements in Nairobi.The living conditions for people living in Mukuru are deplorable and in a lot of cases, extremely desperate. Lack of livelihood is a key problem in Mukuru slum.
It is central to the poor lives that the community members lead with the majority living a substandard life of hand to mouth and sometimes nothing at all. Each household has an average of six members who live in a 10 by 10-feet room and single mothers head most of these families. Residents are faced with lack of basic needs, families struggle to make ends meet and in times of illness they are unable to access treatment or meet hospitalization costs. These leads to other numerous challenges such as HIV/AIDS prevalence, adverse poverty levels, child prostitution, drug and substance abuse, unemployment and child labour.
This triggered the start-up of the Ruben Centre Social department to help address desperate cases that came through the doors of Ruben Centre. The program started working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice in Mukuru. The program has served thousands of people in the community through offering the following services.
- Providing medical care or referral services by facilitating medical costs to the most vulnerable and needy members of the society
- Providing scholarships to some of our bright and needy children from our primary school for their secondary educatio
- Community sensitization and education on business skills and income generating activities
- Economic empowerment through voluntary saving and loaning scheme- table banking
- Facilitating holiday programs and community service programs for secondary school sponsored students
- Reducing illiteracy through community sensitization on need for education, placing children in school and ensuring their retention
When the clients walk in, our social workers have a key role in evaluating the cases and working out the intervention required often times classifying the needs in order of priority. Here is a case study.
SOCIAL ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Case Study Berita (Not her real name)
Age 30-35 years
Marital Status Separated
Resident: Mukuru Kwa Ruben
Berita is a resident of Mukuru and a mother of twin girls aged 2yrs. Nancy has experience financial and emotional difficulties in raising her children. She reported in the Social office looking for financial support in August 2018.
In the same week she sought help from Wangu Kanja Foundation to assist trace the father of the children for financial support. Nancy had a relationship with the man 2016 who impregnated her and disappeared without her knowledge. She tried to follow up where the man was working unfortunately he had relocated. (Surprise eh)
Berita was left helpless and didn’t know what to do. She was assisted by different people and carried the pregnancy to term. During her pregnancy she established a small business, selling ground nuts while hoping that the man would come back.
On giving birth she was shocked when along came twins with no one by her side. She couldn’t relocate home since her elder sister is mentally sick and she felt the environment was not the best for the twins. She stopped doing business but with the little money she had saved, she couldn’t sustain herself for long. Soon she was depending on her family and neighbors for upkeep. Months later she could not pay her rent (KSHS 8,000/- $US 80) owing and with twins to take care of, she was in a real dilemma.
Wangu Kanja Foundation could not trace the father and asked Nancy to start counseling sessions since she was showing signs of giving up and being suicidal. The twins Precious and Patience are now 1yr and 9 months and she has run out of people to help her. She says she is ready to do any manual job or even start a small business and if she gets an opportunity she would utilize it to take care of her children.
Ruben Centre’s Social and Economic Programme Through Education Intervention
On 31st August 2018 Nancy came to the Centre with desperation written all over her face. Her house had been locked up by the land lord due to the rent arrears of Ksh.8000. Brother Frank the director found the lady stranded and while the counseling was going on, he regularly would have these two wee visitors walk in to the office. Wangu Kanja foundation and took interest to know. A mother and wee twins cannot live on counseling alone, so He delegated the social workers to follow up the real life issues.
- Beritawas offered 3000/= through the social worker so she could access the house. She paid the some rent and got back inside.
- Berita was offered an opportunity in the Centre in the programme on Job training where she will earn 300/= ($3) per day to enable her to survive... The twins can stay in the centre’s Baby Care Unit which is only twenty metres from the briquette making centre where Nancy is now working
- On 3rd Sept a home visit was conducted and found out that she did have a mattress, so a few blankets were bought and her house was a home again.
- On 3rd September she was assisted with a further KSHS 3000/= where they purchased food stuffs, some clothes and other items she needed in the house
- Berita has been attached to Faustine Nelima one of Ruben Centre’s Community Health workers for follow ups and support.
- Her counseling sessions are continuing.
LOOK AT ME. I AM LIVING UP TO MY NAME PRECIOUS. I HAVE A FUTURE
BY: Catherine Njuki
Social Economic Empowerment through Education