Program Partners

Action10 collaborates in equal partnership with local development organisations and social enterprises in lower income countries, are referred to as Program Partners. At this moment our target countries are Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Togo, Cameroon, Liberia, Colombia.

 

COLOMBIA:

Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America and one of the continent´s most populous nations. Today, there are between 3-4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Colombia. According to official figures lived 34.1 percent of the population in poverty and 10.4 percent in extreme poverty in 2012. Inequality in the distribution of national resources is significant and there are very large differences between urban and rural areas, including in access to health and education.

Program Partner: Genstainable: Gender & Sustainable Development
Location:  Cali – Colombia
Type of entity: Non-profit Organization
Purpose: Our purpose is to develop capacities to reduce environmental vulnerability & poverty.

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Description:
Genstainable is a non-profit organization based in Colombia (South America) that supports capacity development initiatives to reduce the vulnerability and poverty conditions of local societies.

Poverty and environmental degradation are two situations that increasingly affect the sustainable development of the regions, and make communities more vulnerable every day. Communities, especially the poorest people, are increasingly exposed to polluted water and air emissions, are more likely to be affected by environmental hazards and are frequently exposed to hazardous materials in the working environment (poor people are mainly hired by small industries with inadequate working conditions).

In Genstainable we are convinced that green growth alternatives, such as green building technologies and green businesses can improve poor people lifes. Building local capacities to develop such alternatives is crucial to help communities to overcome poverty, and enable them to cope with environmental pressures and to protect the natural environment.

Healthy natural environments are fundamental for the well-being of people. Although, protecting the natural resources is the responsibility of both men and women, we recognize women have a special role to play. Women have innate leadership qualities for taking care of the environment, but so often they are not given the opportunity of accessing information, technical knowledge and training, and financial funds to improve and apply their skills.

Target group:
Women and men under social and environmental vulnerability and poverty in lower income countries.

Projects and Programs:
•    Women and green building construction in extreme poverty areas.
•    Development of communication tools for sharing vulnerable women inspirational stories and experiences.
•    Development of methodologies for pollution prevention knowledge transfer into Micro, Small and Medium enterprises.

Vídeo:
This vídeo shows how Genstainable works to reduce the vulnerability and poverty conditions in Colombia:

Contact us:
Parcelacion solares la morada, casa E10
Etapa 2, Jamundi, Valle del Cauca – Colombia
chauxpaola@yahoo.com

LOGO partner 2 - KiwanisProgram Partner: Kiwanis Foundation
Location: Cali – Colombia
Type of entity:  Civil Society Organisation
Purpose: The purpose of the organization is to contribute to the integral development of children in early childhood and their families in vulnerable situations.
Facebook:  Kiwanis Sultana del Valle – Cali

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Foundation: 2002

Description:
The purpose of the organization is to contribute to the integral development of children in early childhood and their families in vulnerable situations in the city of Cali and its metropolitan area through self-sustainable projects with high social impact.

Number of employees:
The foundation has 16 members who are entrepreneurs and professionals interested in the development of the most vulnerable communities.

Target group:
Children in early childhood and their families in vulnerable situations in the city of Cali and its metropolitan area.

Projects and Programs:
– Kiwanis provide food assistance for another foundation named Maranatha, which supports kids and teenagers with drug-addiction problems (around 25 kids and teens between the ages of 8 and 18 years).

– Kiwanis was donated a 6000 sqm lot, located in La Sirena, Cali-Colombia. This is a very poor neighborhood, in which most people live in slums. Here, Kiwanis renovated an abandoned house and they opened in October 2013 a kindergarten that initially had 25 kids between 1 and 5 years old.

Priority is being given to children of women who are heads of households. In the kindergarten, children receive breakfast, lunch and snacks, and they stay there from 7 am to 4 pm. Professionals accredited in early childhood education are in charge of the education process.

Kiwanis has approached the community since 2012, and they have made an inventory of those in most need. In addition to this the organisation has performed different social activities with kids and moms, such as: trainings in manual skills (handicrafts), conferences on integral development based on values, haircut and dental campaigns, and different recreational activities.

Kiwanis has led initiatives like these in other vulnerable areas of the city of Cali. Also, networking with governmental institutions is being made to support specific activities for kids and moms, through local public programs.

Contact us:
KIWANIS SULTANA DEL VALLE – CALI
Phone: +57 2 3155 792021
sultanadelvallekiwanis@gmail.com
www.kiwaniscali.org
Facebook: Kiwanis Sultana del Valle – Cali

 

CAMEROON:

Cameroon’s population is made up of over 250 ethnic groups who speak about 270 different languages. The biggest of the indigenous languages are beti, Ewondo and fulfulde. Official languages are French and English. Most residents live in the west, south and north, while the eastern part of the country is nearly uninhabited.

With the expansion of oil, timber, and coffee exports, the economy has continued to improve, although corruption is widespread, and environmental degradation remains a concern. Around two fifths of the population of Cameroon is considered as poor, meaning they are forced to live on less than two dollars per day. The availability of health care, clean water and sanitation is poor and maternal and infant mortality is high.

Program Partner: Link-Up Children (LINK-UP)
Location:  Buea – Cameroon
Type of entity: Civil Society Organisation
Purpose: The purpose of the organization is to provide sponsorship opportunities to needy orphans and vulnerable children.
Facebook: Link-Up Children

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Foundation: 2000

Description:
The purpose of the organization is to provide sponsorship opportunities to needy orphans and vulnerable children to enable them develop, their full physical, intellectual and spiritual potentials, as well as improve the economic well-being of their parents or guardians through alternative empowerment programs.

Number of employees:
The organization has 4 employees at the head office and 6 community resident representatives.

Target group:
Orphans and vulnerable children. They are children below 18 years who have lost one or both parents and may live by themselves or with frail poor grandparents who need help themselves.

LINK-UP targets school going children from 3 years to 18 years old, also intelligent needy students who qualify for university studies, but cannot afford. Another target group are the parents and guardians of these needy children who LINK-UP provides with training and incentives to enhance their income generating potentials.

Projects and Programs:

1) Child Sponsorship – long term and short term

Help A Child (HAC) Long term sponsorship Program:
It is a program designed to provide assistance to an orphan and vulnerable child on a yearly basis. The child is linked to a goodwill individual who agrees to sponsor until the child is out of school. An annual progress report on the progress of the child is provided to the sponsor at the end of each school year.

Short term sponsorship:
It is provided to children without a specific sponsor. They are support from the general pull of donations. Such sponsorship can also be in the form of specific projects. Children in this category might be supported less often until they are identified with a direct sponsor.

Guardian Parent Association (GPA):
This is a combination of subgroups of grass root individuals whose children benefit from our activities and those of our partner institutions. There are made up basically of the parents and guardians of children in need of assistance.

Village Libraries:
The Village Library is a social enterprise within LINK-UP that provides textbooks and learning resources to children in Cameroon. It promotes the sales, book exchange and the library, within grass root communities to enable children from low income families to have access to books, as well as to cultivate the culture of reading books from a tender age.

Letter Exchange & Friendship:
This program is designed to promote reading, writing, learning, friendship and cultural exchange between children in Cameroon and other countries through hand letter writing. This gives children the opportunity to broaden their perspective about daily happenings in other countries and vice versa as well as increase their knowledge base of different cultures.


2) Health Program

It is commonly said that health is wealth and access to quality health is a human right. However access to quality health care services is often a huge challenge to many low income households. Despite efforts made by the Government and partner institutions to foster access to health through the development of the Mutual Health Organization, a health security scheme, free promotion malaria treatment to children below 5 years, many low income individuals are still to take advantage of it due to ignorance. Through the GPA, LINK-UP promotes the campaign on these issues.


3) Information Communication Technology Program

Today we live in a high-tech world, but in Cameroon, computers are still considered the reserve of the rich. Schools are the gateway to knowledge, but many teachers are computer illiterate. Most schools can’t afford to buy computers or offer computer skills training to their teachers and pupils.

LINK-UP makes computer technology easy for everyone to understand in able to enhance access computers and the internet.

Computer Training:
LINK-UP offer a variety of computer literacy classes from novice to advance to children and adults. These classes use both instructor-led training as well as 
innovative self-paced multimedia training programs. Whether you want to learn how to use a mouse, key board or polish your skills on word, Excel, PowerPoint etc LINK-UP can organize the perfect class for you and your friends and colleagues.


4) Social Enterprise Development Program (SED)


The SED program is built on the age-old proverb that it is better to teach a person to fish than just to give him a fish. LINK-UP believe it is more beneficial for a poor parent or guardian of a LINK-UP child, to have access to small business loans than to simply depend on donations for consumption. A loan encourages entrepreneurship, accountability, investment, and thus, sustainability. Our SED program is a four-step process composed of:

– Training-counseling on responsible borrowing, lessons on entrepreneurship, and best practices for small businesses;|
– Micro-Lending-applying for and securing small scale, low interest loans for income generating projects;
– Business Advisory Services: follow-up guidance and advice to help the small business project (and the participant) become a success;
– Savings: Promote the development of a saving culture to participants of the GPA & SED programs, to improve their financial stability and help secure their future.

Contact information:
LINK-UP  Head Office, Buea
P.O.  Box 310 – Buea, South West Region Cameroon
Phone: (237)  677 44 00 16
rolandmusi@gmail.com
linkupdevgroup@gmail.com
www.linkupcameroon.org
Facebook: Link-Up Children

KENYA:


Program Partner: 
Amani Women Group (AWG)logo_200dpi copy
Location: Molo, Kenya
Type of entity: Civil Society Organisation
Purpose: The purpose of LIP is to enhance the socioeconomic status of citizens particularly those from poor areas of the country that are “unbankable”.

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Foundation: 1995

Description:

Amani Women Group (AWG) is a Community Based Organization based in Sirikwa, Molo and was established in 1995, as a seller group for pyrethrum crop, a cash crop grown in Molo upto to the late 90s. The group was destabilized after Post-Election Violence that occurred in Kenya in 2008 and Molo was heavily affected. The destruction and deaths in the area caused many people to move out of the village. The group has in the last three years been regrouping and seeks to enhance their livelihoods by coming together, saving a few dollars each week to create some funds they can use to borrow and lend for their economic empowerment. At the initial stages, fifteen people (10 women and 5 men ) have come together and save some equal amount each month and are requesting for table top up of Euro 2,000 to boost the initial seed capital and accelerate growth. This will be repayable from the 36th month once the group has generated through savings and interest from loans ,  its own capital to sustain the initiative.

Background:

Amani Women Group is based in Nyakinyua village an area located 7 km from Molo Town in Kuresoi Constituency, Nakuru County. The area is purely agricultural with over 98% of the people being subsistence farmers. Land parcels have continued to get smaller and smaller as families subdivide the land and pass it down to their children.  Average land sizes were 1.4 acre (0.4 ha) initially, and this has continually reduced with even smaller pieces of land that can only accommodate a 3 roomed house.  This has led to over reliance on the small pieces of land and further afield forest products for survival among many men and youths leaving many people living below poverty line and just getting by.

There is need to diversify, but this is not possible without the options of borrowing money to invest as is possible with other “bankable citizens.” With change in weather patterns due to climate change the community is increasingly facing unpredictable weather patterns further deteriorating the environment they live in and their livelihoods, making it even more difficult when they have to rely on food crops alone for their survival.

Approach: 

The initiative was formulated as a result of various discussions by members of Amani Women Group. The initial membership for this specific initiative is 15 members. This number may increase with time as per the by-laws. New members will be admitted only following the agreement of the entire group. The members have agreed to make a contribution of Kshs 500 per month contributed weekly at an average of Kshs 120 (1.2 USD), or Kshs 20 per day. This is more so to ensure that those who make wages of Kshs 200 per day for six days a week are able to save 10% of their wages. Once a member has contributed for an agreed length of time, e.g. 4 months, she may ask for a loan. This must be approved by the entire group and the committee. The loan may be a long term loan or a short term loan. The group determines the rate of interest that must be paid and for the short term, payable three months, this is 10%.

Each person will have a passbook in which their contributions will be recorded each week. The collections are made each week to ensure that there is consistency in payment. The money will be held in a bank account in the name of the group.

A committee of five has been elected to support the initiative’s administrative affairs. Other details will be in the groups by- laws. The group will be supported to develop the by-laws by Livelihood Improvement Programme (LIP).

It is expected that in the first year, individuals will make small improvements in their livelihoods at family level. After the second year, the group will then be exposed to different ventures in investment. The period is to ensure the group gels and dynamics are dealt with. Specific group livelihood improvement initiatives will then be discussed and agreed on. Simple technologies that have been piloted elsewhere and that can make livelihoods better will be promoted.

Capacity Building: Capacity building is at the heart of the sustainability of these interventions   and will be conducted along all activities. AWG will call upon ACTION10 to provide the simple financial manuals that can be used to develop financial accountability among the members.

It is also hoped that AWG will learn from other interventions piloted by ACTION10 in other developing countries like Togo and Liberia to enrich the work and create desirable outcomes.

Social Capital Building: The table banking initiative will strive to build a set of norms and strong group that will promote trust and cooperation among the membership. This will focus on the social network between the members and the character of the group. The stable relationship is in turn expected to promote the constitution of social actors that can make a difference in the village through building of trust and reciprocity for those in the group and by standers as well. The initiative will also provide /create a forum for thoughtful and reflective dialogues.

 

LIBERIA:

Liberia is rich in natural resources and have during long periods of time been one of the worlds largest rubber producers. Other important natural resources are palmoil, timber and minerals.

Many children and young people under 30 carry deep scars from growing up during the war. They had to leave school and tried to escape violence, but many were captured by the rebels. They became child soldiers and were forced to carry arms and ammunition, and many girls were also raped and in other ways violated. Many of the child soldiers were forced to kill, commit terrible acts of violence and witness other horrors. After the war other problems ocurred. The child soldiers had to go home to their families again, but many were not welcome home because of the horrible crimes they had committed. Many of those child soldiers can not read or support themselves. There is a great risk that they again resort to violence in order to survive. Different organizations make various efforts to help theese children.


idefocs2Program Partner:
Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS)
Location: Paynesveil City, Monrovia – Liberia
Type of entity: Civil Society Organisation and Social enterprise
Purpose: Our focus is the restoration of peace and security in West Africa through the rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldier and women associated with fighting forces.
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Foundation: 2003

Description:
IDEFOCS provides lively hood for youth associated with fighting forces, violence crime and drugs living in the ghetto in post war Liberia.

Our focus is the restoration of peace and security in West Africa through the rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldier (FCS) and women associated with fighting forces (WAFF). We are creating a safe and an enabling environment for FCS and WAFF by providing intensive:

– Trauma Counseling;
– Technical and Vocational Skills Training;
– Job Opportunities;
– Peace Building and other community development programs.


Number of employees:

We are three founding members and four founding volunteers. So in total we are 7, but we have a huge volunteer network.


Target group:

Our targeted partners are former child soldiers and women associated with fighting forces.


Projects and Programs:
Currently we are working on outreach in the ghettos and training programs for FCS and WAFF. The outreach program identifies FCS, their level of trauma and needs. After this identification, we will place them in technical and vocational institution and provide job opportunities for them after their training.

Currently the outreach activities are sponsored by IDEFOCS (self initiative). We are seeking funding for the training of them so we created a crowdfunding page.

Vídeo:
Morris Matadi, the founder of IDEFOCS, explaining why he started the former child-soldier reintegration program:



Contact us:
IDEFOCS
Opposide SD Cooper Road, Zone 12, Matadi Compound
Phone: +233 572 505 264 / +231 880 458 976
idefocs@yahoo.com
www.idefocs.org
Facebook: IDEFOCS

NIGERIA:

Nigeria is one of the most influential countries in Africa and one of the continent’s economic and political powers, largely due to population size (150 million inhabitants) and the country’s oil and gas resources (seventh largest known reserves). Despite Nigeria´s oil wealth more than half of the population is living in poverty and unemployment is at approximately 24 %. Few Nigerians, including those in oil-producing areas, have benefited from the oil wealth. Uneven distribution of economic resources and even environmental degradation are among the main causes of conflicts in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria. Conflicts also exist between the Muslim majority in the north and the Christian majority in the south.

Illiteracy is a major concern in Nigera, some 40 million adults are illiterate and the overall literacy rate is close to 57%, with huge variations between different states. In addition some 7 million children are out of school. The need for literacy classes is hence huge.


spell2Program Partner:
  SpellAfrica
Location:  Benin City – Nigeria
Type of entity:  Civil Society Organisation and Social Enterprise
Purpose: Our purpose is to improve the standard of education in Africa by using technology to inform, entertain and educate children.
Website: www.spellafrica.org
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Foundation: 2011

Description:
An education for sustainable development organization to empower the African child to improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary skills, and develop correct English usage that will enable them to communicate freely with the outside world.

SpellAfrica is proud to be on the forefront of developing this purpose, our strategy is to use technology to inform, entertain and educate this children.

Number of employees:
We are 4 staff people and over 120 local student volunteers working tirelessly to help us achieve our mission.

Target group:
Africa’s youth between the ages of 18-40.

Projects and Programs:
Among others we are piloting MVocabulary and Spell101 Radio show.

Contact us:
SPELLAFRICA
Elvis Austins, Founder
SpellAfrica Initiative
64 Carnegie Avenue
East Orange, New Jersey 07018 (793)
North America
Phone: +13477803476
e.austins@spellafrica.org

Erezi Edoreh, Country Representative
40 Adesuwa Road, G.R.A
Benin City, Edo State
zee.edoreh@spellafrica.org
info@spellafrica.org
www.spellafrica.org
Facebook: SpellAfrica

TOGO:


sevie2Program Partner:
Association Solidarité Enfance et Vie (S.E.VIE)
Location: Tsévie – Togo
Type of entity:  Civil Society Organisation
Purpose: The goal of S.E.VIE is to contribute to the amelioration of life conditions of orphans and street children.
Website: www.association-sevie.asso-web.com
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Foundation: 2011

Description:
The goal of the association is to contribute to the amelioration of life conditions of orphans and street children.

Number of employees:
Two and SEVIE receives every year international humanitarian mission volunteers who contribute to the realization of projects and programs in rural communities.

Target group:
Orphans, vulnerable children and their families.

Projects and Programs:
1) Project on Accompaniment of orphans and vulnerable children;
2) Project on Micro Franchise Social: promotion of economic activities of orphans and vulnerable children’s families;
3) Project on Promotion of Community Health.

Contact us:
S.E.VIE
Phone: +002 2 8907 41125
sevafrique@gmail.com
www.association-sevie.asso-web.com
Facebook: S.E.VIE

 

UGANDA:

bananapads2Program Partner:  BanaPads
Town:  Mpigi District – Uganda
Type of entity:  Social Enterprise
Purpose: Our goal is to produce effective sanitary pads made from the processed stems of freely available banana plants in order to offer to female students an affordable method of managing menstruation to be able to attend school.
Website: www.banapads.org

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Foundation:
2010

Description:
BanaPads are cost effective sanitary pads made from the processed stems of freely available banana plants. The eco-friendly absorbent material is derived from plant and paper materials and is packaged for monthly distribution to school girls.

BananaPads fabrication centers employ and serve the female residents of the rural communities in Uganda. BananaPads empowers women & girls in rural Uganda & Tanzania.

Number of employees:

20 paid employees and 19 volunteers.

Target group:
The target market of BanaPads products consists of over 7 million females, with over 1.7 million girls between the ages of 10 and 19. Female students require affordable, hygienic, and accessible methods of managing menstruation to be able to attend school without embarrassment. Often female students will miss school days and avoid activities outside the home due to the shame surrounding menstruation and a lack of effective products.

Projects and Programs:

We are seeking grants for production facilities and management staffing, donations of networking equipment, computers, and software, and mentoring in establishing micro-loan and payment infrastructure.

Contact us:

BANAPADS
info@banapads.org
banapads@gmail.com
www.banapads.org