AAH Kenya is addressing development challenges in partnership with marginalised Kenyan communities mainly living in low income urban and rural settings including arid and semi-arid areas. It has been working since 2005 in Narok County under the flagship ‘Improving the Standard of Living of Pastoralist Communities in Mara Division’ programme covering water, education and health sectors in the 14 sub-locations of Mara Division.The programme has effectively utilised a strong community-based approach, working with local community development committees and the Mara Division Development Programme (MDDP). In Kenya we have projects in Mara (Narok County) and in Kakuma (Turkana County).

Projects

Current Projects

AAH Kenya refugee supportOur Kakuma office is currently implementing a UNHCR-funded Kenya Refugee Assistance Project (KRAP) that is focused on livelihoods and durable solutions for refugees – specifically logistics and operational support to UNHCR and its partners in Kakuma and Kalobeyei.

AAH-I is responsible for receiving and transporting incoming refugees from the border into the refugee camp pending resettlement. The new arrivals are then profiled, taken through an induction process and placed into livelihood activities for capacity building and access to finance for business and agriculture.

Fleet and fuel management are also core services that AAH Kenya offers to UNHCR, ensuring that operations in Kakuma and Kalobeyei operate smoothly, complemented by the management of a motor vehicle workshop. The management and coordination of warehouse activities ensures that non-food items designated for refugees are received, safely stored and efficiently distributed to the persons of concern.

A partnership with Energy for Impact, dubbed the Moving Energy Initiative, seeks to provide select solar entrepreneurs a platform to build their capacity and access much needed financing for business growth.

AAH Kenya adult literacy classAccording to the data from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics, 750 million adults – two-thirds of whom are women – still lack basic reading and writing skills. The global adult literacy rate was 86% in 2016, while the youth literacy rate was 91%.

In Kenya, data from the Kenya Commission of Revenue Allocation ranks Narok 42 out of the 47 counties in Kenya with regard to women literacy levels. The county’s average literacy level is 56.3%, and only 0.4% of the population has attained university level
education and 8.9% a secondary education. Those who can read and write are 41.4% of the population, which is lower than the
national level of 66.4%.

From 2017, we are supporting the Narok county government to reduce illiteracy rates. Under the Mara Community Livelihood Improvement project funded by Bread for the World, we are supporting women in Naikarra Ward to access formal education and skills to enable them attain necessary skills to conduct small businesses, to participate in community projects and to support their households with ease. These alternative basic, adult and continuing education classes are conducted using the REFLECT methodology. Through the REFLECT circles, we are able to identify training needs for respective groups and equip the learners. To date the women have been trained on entrepreneurship skills

Beyond literacy and numeracy challenges, REFLECT circles are also platforms where learners discuss and seek solutions to social and cultural community problems.

Country Publications

Country documentary

Adult Literacy in Narok

Digital Learning in Turkana