We are a youth-led grassroots org based in Obambo village and obunga slum in Kisumu Kenya, East africa. We empower girls through quality education at Akili Girls Preparatory School www.akilischool.weebly.com . and marginalized women through entrepreneurship training at www.maendeleohub.org
Riley Orton Foundation was founded by David Omondi and Erick Otieno. Having been raised in the Obunga slum, Kisumu, Kenya, David and Erick watched their mothers and other women and widows struggle to raise their children and support them through education. They would do everything including prostitution, brewing alcohol, selling marijuana, washing clothes for people just to make lives better for their families. Bad as it were, the Obunga slum was a refuge for many women running away from abusive husbands in the rural areas and other towns in western Kenya to start a new life in Kisumu. Unfortunately, opportunities here were limited, leaving many women to struggle to raise their families single handedly. Most of the children and youth dropped out of school due to lack of school fees, others resorted to selling scrap metal to fend for their families and others got into drugs. Many of these women got infected with HIV/AIDS. This broke their hearts and left them determined to come back after school to lead sustainable change in their community.
Unlike many other young people in the slum, David and Erick were lucky to get a sponsorship to pursue college education. After graduating from college with BSc. Biochemistry and P1 Certificate in Education from the University of Nairobi and Bungoma Teacher’s College respectively, they returned to their community of Obunga slum as development experts to catalyze change from the inside as a way of giving back to their community.
Their vision is to use Akili Preparatory School as a model for the provision of sustainable high quality education for girls which can be rolled-out to other schools to help improve student performance and achieve gender equality and empower women in Kenya. Erick serves the organization as the Chief Executive Officer while David is the Director of Operations.
Riley Orton Foundation was duly registered under the Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture. Registration Certificate Number OP.218/051/13-0285/9040 in 2013 to enable it access more funding both locally and internationally and meet its main objective of transforming lives through education.
You can follow our impact stories here http://akilischool.weebly.com/impact-stories
In 2016, we started maendeleo hub www.maendeleohub.org . mHub is a community resource center which aims to connect marginalized women and youth who are leaders of grassroots projects and self-help groups with the resources they need to create sustainable change in their communities in Kisumu, Kenya, East Africa.
In Kisumu, Kenya, women and youth are the unsung heroes running small high impact projects. They understand the power of strength in unity and are usually organized in self-help groups which in most cases are the social and economic glue of African communities. Through small income generating projects like car wash, table banking, and motor-bicycle transport, they allow savings and loans even to those who do not have bank accounts allowing economic development of the family and entire village. However, because they have low levels of education, do not have computer skills, lack internet access, do not speak English, cannot use social media to share their stories of impact, do not know how to write and submit proposals among other geographical and technological barriers they are always marginalized from accessing funding to support their work. impact stories are here http://www.maendeleohub.org/stories-from-the-field
1. Akili Girls Preparatory School
Teaching art & craft, english, music, drama, sports, Smart Girls Program, Child rights, Guidance and Counseling, oral narratives etc
2. Maendeleo Hub: Teaching entrepreneurship, business development, fundraising to local women and youth, site visits of projects, needs assessment, training on microfinance, basic computer applications word, excel, internet and email, grant writing and proof reading, mentorship, resource mobilization and sustainability. More details here http://www.maendeleohub.org/
3. Maendeleo Eco Farm: Teaching sustainable/regenerative agriculture techniques eg permaculture/biointensive gardening to local women and young farmers, healthy eating lifestyle, gardening and growing crops, ecotoursim, yoga, farm camps etc. More info here http://www.maendeleohub.org/maendeleo-eco-farm.html
For $150 per week, volunteers are provided with meals, accommodation and live with host families in Kanyawegi village, 25 minutes drive from Kisumu town. Transport to the school and mHub is provided in the orgs car when the rest of the staff are going to work.
Volunteers meet their own transport costs to town or when running errands. $4 or less per day is enough for transport on public vans and motorcycles.
Volunteers pay $150 weekly. This amount includes cost of airport pickup and drop off from Kisumu International Airport, meals, accommodation/room, and project fees which goes to finance organization costs or fund a project which volunteers participate in. The volunteer fees for the duration the volunteer expects to stay is sent in full via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to traveling to the site.
Volunteers can help us to fundraise for various projects. we can share links to any volunteer who is interested.
We also need help with grantwriting and can send details about the grants and info needed on request
Other work include managing our social media on www.facebook.com/maendeleohub and www.facebook.com/Akiligirls
Volunteers can also help us update our website, create logos for various programs
Here are links about us and our work from two of our international partner orgs, The Pollination project Org USA and Mama Hope Org USA https://thepollinationproject.org/2016/05/19/david-omondi-2/
Video about our work http://underthetree.mamahope.org/episode-3/
We also organize safaris for volunteers to tourist attraction sites in western kenya eg kit mikayi, kakamega forest, dunga beach, kiboko bay, kisumu impala sanctuary and lake nakuru national park