FIOH Kenya

History of Future In Our Hands-Kenya

 

Rom Wandera-Coordinator of FIOH-Kenya until his untimely death in January 2012.

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

FIOH-Kenya Board members: L to R: Robert K’Odinga, Paul Odihambo, Lillian Dajoh, Gordon Mugah, Connie Wandera, Felix Obondo, Sr. Linda Glaeser (FIOH-USA) and Clare Ajwang

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

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