History of Future In Our Hands-Kenya
FIOH-K an NGO in Kisumu Kenya was founded in 1985 by Cecilia Obuya , the sister-in-law of Rom Wandera with the assistance of Mike Thomas the coordinator of FIOH-UK.
FIOH-K’s early activities focused mainly on tree planting with the help of funds from Plant a Tree in Africa, a UK charity. The target groups were women living in rural communities who relied on fuel wood for their domestic cooking. Many thousands of trees were planted in rural communities and schools as a result of FIOH-K’s work. Education was also provided about the importance and uses of local tree species.
With the support of FIOH-USA their projects have greatly expanded to include provision of:
- school fees for bright children from poor families
- transportation for people with HIV/AIDS to get their anti-retro viral drugs
- bore-hole wells for rural communities, whose women previously had to walk for for two hours to fetch water from polluted rivers.
- micro-loan savings and credit co-operatives for women’s groups
- sanitary pads for female students in Kanyamedha Secondary School and Usoma Primary School
- a lunch program at Usoma Primary through funding a garden to provide vegetables and teach students agricultural skills.
FIOH-K Board Membership
Board members of FIOH-Kenya are an all volunteer group who are personally motivated to make life better for the people they assist. Four of the Board members were students sponsored through FIOH-USA and have choosen to give back.
Paul Odihambo-Coordinator , Secondary School teacher; formerly sponsored student
Cornelia Wandera-Treasurer and representative of women’s micro loan project- seamstress
Clare Ajwang- formerly sponsored student-business major
Lillian Dajoh – HIV/AIDS coordinator at a local clinic; formerly sponsored student
Robert K’Odinga-Primary school teacher
Felix Obondo- Accountant; formerly sponsored student
Gordon Mugah- Secondary school Principal
Jane Osodo- representative of women’s micro loan project -seamstress
Rosemary Owese-representative of women’s micro loan project- seamstress