ROA in collaboration with Gatsby Foundation-UK set up the Shikunga HIV/AIDS Resource Center in 2003 in Butere sub-county. This was a community-initiated project derived from the need by the local community project management committee to respond to challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The resource centre aimed at providing medical, material and psychological support services to the people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as having an updated database on the prevailing social and scientific development on reproductive health and HIV/ AIDs.
To build the capacity of groups, an intensive training was provided in conjunction with the Ministry of health through the facilitation of the Butere/ Mumias District Hospital, HIV/AIDS Coordination Unit. The training revolved around such topics as: the concept of HIV/AIDS home-based care, symptoms of HIV/AIDS, prevention of mother- to- child transmission, community mobilization, and nutrition for people living with HIV/ AIDs, among others.
This initiative enabled thousands of households to access clean and safe potable water. Should ROA secure an additional funding to support this cause, it intends to reach as many households as possible in years to come. Ultimately, the prevalence of waterborne diseases, distance traveled and time spent fetching water by women is expected to be drastically reduced in Kakamega and Vihiga Counties.
Accompanying spring protection was always aggressive teaching on personal health and sanitation.
A very good outcome related to gender here was that for the first time men appreciated where the women and children were getting water from, as they were involved in the excavation work during spring protection.
Rural Outreach Africa (ROA) partnered with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) to promote Drought TEGO™ maize hybrids, a water efficient maize variety in the four counties of western Kenya: Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Bungoma.
ROA is a partner in the implementation of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)-funded Sustainable Land Management (SLM) project, in Kakamega, Vihiga and Nandi counties of Western Kenya.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)-funded soil health project dubbed Integrated Soil Fertility (ISFM) was implemented from 2011 to 2014 for phase one, and 2015 to 2018 for phase two.
A pilot research project looking at human-centred design approaches in addressing the labor burden of ageing smallholder farmers in Kenya by improving the design of farming tools.
The Food Security and Nutrition Improvement intervention in Western Kenya came at a time when the country was reportedly 400,000 MT in deficit on the main staple crop. This resulted from the fact that 4 million people were in dire need of food aid after the country was hit by its worst drought in 37 years and was expected to worsen.
The project mainly concentrated on Corchorus olitorus (Jews-mallow) Crotaloria brevidens (Sun hemp), Gynadropsis gyanandra (black nightshade), Amaranths ssp (amaranths) and Vigna ungiculata (Cowpeas). An impact assessment in the last year of the project revealed that 70% of the project beneficiaries were women, and 12% youth farmers.
The project was initiated in 1998 with the generous support from the Headley Trust, UK ( one of the Lord Sainsbury’s Trusts) and it envisaged to ensure that: community members from Butere/ Mumias district access clean potable water, better health and sanitation, clean environment, and better protected and utilized riverbeds.
In October 2018, ROA distributed sanitary pads to girls in a few schools in Kakamega County as a menstrual hygiene intervention to reduce school absenteeism. ROA staffs Doris, Makeba and Andala presented 99 packets of pads to classes 7 and 8 girls in Emukangu primary school.