QUEENSTAR COMMUNITY ORGANISATION (QCO)
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FULL LEGAL NAME:
Queenstar Community Organization
Cooperative Bank of Kenya
Community Based Organization
TITLE OF THE PROJECT:
OVC and Community Project
LOCATION OF THE PROJECT:
Laikipia County, Nanyuki, Muthaiga
OFFICIAL PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
Milimani next to Huruma Health Centre
NAME AND DESGINATION:
Abdikadir D. Duba- Project Manager
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Implementing Partners: Queenstar Community Organization is a registered CBO working and based in Kenya, Laikipia County, Nanyuki, Muthaiga with Reg No. NUK/HUDC/009
Mission Statement: To empower and uphold the standard of education of Orphan and Vulnerable Children and living condition of the community by creating investment opportunities’ for its members for capacity building, self-reliance and confidence while coordinating with relevant authorities for sustainable long term development.
- Education and capacity building
- Supporting orphans and vulnerable children
- Supporting the community through microfinance
- Linking and supporting people living with HIV to access effective medication and follow up treatment.
- Agriculture for food security and livelihoods for sustainability
QCO registered nonprofit making CBO it is based in Kenya, Rift valley province, Laikipia County, Nanyuki. It was formed in the year 2015 and registered on 30/6/2016. These Organization was formed by community members who felt the need to be together to overcome our main and common needs by pulling our resources and uplifting the living standard through establishment of income generating activities. The common problem the community members are facing are poverty as a result of unemployment. Most of these members are working in quarry, house helps and herding and also most of them are women who are single mothers as a result of broken marriage and as a result of HIV deaths of their partner. In Queenstar community organization we provide education to Orphan and Vulnerable Children and also support feeding program in school. This has been a challenge to us but we are trying our best to make it work through assistance from our local well wishers. We also have a support group of people living with HIV, in this group we provide psychosocial support, and improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy making sure they are taking their medication right to avoid defaulting and also making them to engage in income generating activity. We also have a group of physically challenged members. We support them in income generating activities, and linking them to relevant authorities to get further assistance.
The organization has three staffs who undertakes day to day implementation of program and activities the team is headed by a qualified and experienced community development agent with an advanced diploma in community development and management with rich experience in humanitarian work having worked with Italian NGO OSVIC international and Christian child care international CANADA. The project account is managed by qualified accountant a holder CPA 2 and diploma in ethics (seven years working experience).project officer she is a qualified in the field of education -diploma in early childhood and primary education (15 years experience) we also have three volunteers who work part time.
The organization has 5 board members all with relevant technical and professional skills in line with QCO programming. They command high profile skills which include education, public health, social work, and community development and agriculture. This team of able men and women will provide support and technical backstopping to the programme on its intervention areas.
2.1 PORVERTY AND INEQUALITY
According to 2005/06 Kenya National Bureau of Statist tics indicates that 49% of rural population are poor, 34.9% in urban and 46.6% nationally. Kenya population is growing at 3% per annum and releases over 500000 persons p.a into the labour force however the economy is only capable of generating approximately 400,000 jobs, most of these opportunities are temporary low paying and in the informal sector. These has resulted to high unemployment rate of about 14%.this rapid population growth has overtime led to huge demand for employment food health and social services .
46% of Kenyans are living in poverty 19.8% are in desperate struggle to survive (hardcore poor).this means 18 million out of 40million people have not experienced the benefit of economic growth . 10%of the population earns 43% of the income, making Kenya one of the very an equal country in the world
HIV /AIDS In Kenya the general HIV AIDS prevalence stands at 6.3% with regional variation some as high as 13%.there are about 1.3 million people that are HIV infected. (NASCOP/KDHS 2009)The effect of this scourge include : reduction in life expectancy, increase in number of orphans, increased in child morbidity and mortality and huge social economical burden on the affected house hold, community and the entire country .only 48% of Kenyans know their status (KNBS 2010). In 2007 only 16% of all adults living with HIV knew they are infected (NASCOP, 2009) significantly 28% of adults who are unaware of their HIV infection in 2007 mistakenly believed themselves to be HIV –negative (NASCOP, 2009). The personal belief that one is not risk of HIV is the single most important reason non-testers give for having failed to be tested (NASCOP, 2009).