Kenya Tuna Uwezo (CMM) Program

The informal settlements of Kiambio, Kibera, Mathare, and Korogocho and Babadogo in Nairobi are among the area’s most vulnerable to political and ethnic manipulations. These slums contain some of Kenya’s most at-risk populations due to high unemployment, cramped living spaces, and marginalization from mainstream society. Within the slums, residents are largely sub-divided by ethnic group. Ethnic divisions are exacerbated by political and non-political issues such as access to basic services, and religious and cultural differences. The opportunity for conflict is rife, threatening the peace and prosperity promised in the new constitution.

The HOPE Program

CHF International launched the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education (HOPE) program in March of 2012. This initiative, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to improve students’ HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, and practices in primary and secondary schools in Nairobi and its environs, with a particular focus on informal urban settlements.

The Blood Safety Program

CHF International, in partnership with the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion Kenya (AfSBTK) launched the Technical Assistance for the Implementation and Expansion of Blood Safety Activities in Kenya program on 27th October 2010. This initiative, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aims to strengthen the national blood transfusion system to ensure safe and sufficient blood supply in Kenya.

The PRESERV+ Program

CHF’s emergency response program, Protecting and Restoring Economic Sustainability to Ensure Reduced Vulnerability Plus (PRESERV+), funded by USAID/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is working to mitigate continuing vulnerability and livelihoods loss among vulnerable households in Kitui and Tharaka Counties in eastern Kenya, two of the strategic Feed the Future areas for Kenya. The overarching goal of PRESERV+ is to increase resilience and strengthen coping mechanisms for 26,216 total individual beneficiaries affected by cyclical drought and subsequent shortages in household food supply.

ABOUT GLOBAL COMMUNITIES

Background.
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INTERVIEW LINKS

The Atlantic
Kenyans Need to Start Voting for Policies, Not Personalities
Selline Korir
06 Mar
As the Director of the Kenya Tuna Uwezo program ("We have the power" in Kiswahili), a program of the non-profit Global Communities, which is supported by USAID, I work in the densely populated and poverty-impacted informal settlements of Nairobi. Since 2012, we have worked to reduce conflict and build peace among warring factions with long, bitter histories inflamed by ethnic divisions.

The Guardian
Kenya peace project puts focus on talk and trust ahead of elections
Clar Ni Chonghaile
03 Mar
In a dim, mud-walled hall in a Nairobi slum, about 50 people from the local community have come to meet their new chief; a demure, petite lady in a white jacket with black piping. Around the edges of the room, young men, some wearing caps at rakish angles, stand silently. These are the men Selline Korir, a peace activist, has come to see. But first Korir, 49, who works for non-profit Global Communities, will speak to the audience. View PDF

666 ABC Canberra Breakfast Morning Show Radio Australia
Interview with Selline Korir on Kenyan elections [audio not available for distribution]
Ross Solly
04 Mar