MCODE supports orphans and other vulnerable children to attain formal education through provision of scholastic materials and school fees. Materials provided include: books, pens, pencils, geometry sets and uniforms. MCODE currently supports 115 children most of whom are victims of HIV/Aids to attain formal education which they might have not acquired.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Most illnesses and deaths in the areas where MCODE operates are caused by eating and/or drinking contaminated food and water. Many of these diseases caused by pathogenic organisms can easily be prevented. MCODE takes action on this problem through a number of programmes.
Hand washing with soap is emphasised at household level to ensure that people are taught the advantages of washings hands with soap after critical moments like after using a latrine, before feeding a baby, before preparing food, after washing babies’ bottom etc. A tippy tap is provided for each household as it is effective because hands do not touch the water vessel following the most critical incidents leading to hand-washing.
Encourage boiling water for drinking, properly covering water containers, keeping water and food containers safe from germs e.g use of racks and avoiding eating cold and half cooked food.
Emphasising protecting water quality from source to point of use (e.g. ensuring latrines are not too close to water points, cleanliness of water points, fencing for protection particularly against animals and safe drainage, cleanliness of storage vessels, pouring not dipping to avoid contaminating stored water, if dipping, two utensils should be used one for drawing and another for drinking)
Other sanitation and hygiene points emphasised include: proper toilet use by all, toilets should have lids and draining away of stagnant water, personal hygiene is also encouraged among the vulnerable groups including people Living With Hiv/Aids.
Micro-Economic Activities and Food Security & Nutrition
In the struggle to make the people we serve free from poverty, MCODE encourages her beneficiaries to make crafts into products such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets etc from local materials. The programme is good for the village setting as crafts can be made during someone’s free time after household chores such as gardening are completed. The handmade jewelry can be sold and earn some money for household basic requirements such as salt, paraffin, soap and sugar, beneficiaries are the most vulnerable groups including people Living with HIV/Aids.
As 98% of the population we serve depend on subsistance agriculture, MCODE has developed a programme to support rural farmers in modern agricultural practices through training the farmers in modern organic farming in order to produce enough food for household consumption and selling the surplus. In addition we will educate communities on proper diet balancing in order to reduce malnutrition levels and deaths in children and people living with HIV/Aids.
MCODE will also create marketing channels for farmers’ produce by organising them into farmers’ organisations and credit cooperatives to provide improved piglets and hybrid goats. Above all in all projects that MCODE promotes/supports, participation is a prerequisite, both at community and organization level for better outcomes. This also goes hand in hand with lobbying and advocacy.
Vocational Training & Micro Loans Programme
We intend to provide:
- One-on-one mentorship for entrepreneurs focused on business planning and accounting
- Business skills and financial literacy training courses for entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs
- Community based Savings and Loans groups
- Financial literacy and empowerment courses for young women
In this program, MCODE aims to equip the beneficiaries with life changing skills which can be put into practice after acquiring them. Skills which can be acquired include: tailoring, knitting, carpentry, welding, building and hair dressing. We are developing a strategy where a trainee is encouraged to raise money for the tools they need in respect of what (s)he has learnt by the end of the course or paying the balance during his/her first year of trading. In this way we will enable the students to practice the newly learnt skills to avoid wastage of time and effort. This will improve the impact of the project.
In an effort to enhance the economic status of the rural people, MCODE has developed a programme through which micro loans will be provided to trained vulnerable beneficiaries including people living with HIV/Aids.
MCODE is dedicated to reducing poverty, empowering women, and fostering self-sufficiency across generations. We shall provide small-scale entrepreneurs and community groups in rural areas with a range of financial and educational services to help individuals and communities build sustainable business ventures.
In all of our community outreach programs our primary goal is to improve the living standards of people through enabling ourbeneficiaries to set and achieve income-generating goals on their own terms. We strongly believe that to achieve lasting systemic change it is necessary to build from within existing community structures by working with either MCODE formed or self-organised community groups. MCODE recognises that the true experts on development are the community members, so we listen to the community and work to provide trainings built around what our beneficiaries are asking for.