One Lamb seeks to provide a safe residential
facility where the victims of child sexual abuse
can receive restorative after-care through
counselling, affirmation, play, and security.
One Lamb works with marginalized communities in the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) by providing education programs and distributing sanitary towels to children in Nairobi. Through these programs, the partners have been able to raise awareness of children’s rights in the community, improve the level of general understanding of sexual violence, and rescue girls from sexual exploitation.
As part of the effort, the victims of sexual violence are provided with after-care services, for which there is an overwhelming need, especially those in informal settlements, where access to facilities is severely limited. Kenya has, at present, two main recovery centres where victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation can get treatment and counselling, namely the Kenyatta National Hospital and the Nairobi Women’s Hospital.
However, these centres do not have accommodation, thus the victims continue to live in the home or neighborhood where the crime against them was committed. This can result in continued abuse causing further trauma and prolonging the recovery. Education is essential in breaking the cycle of poverty – a major driving force in CSE. Unfortunately, when children experience trauma, such as sexual abuse, their ability to concentrate and learn can be greatly hindered.
Through effective counselling therapy and a sense of security, they can often overcome these challenges and reach their full potential. One Lamb seeks to provide a safe residential facility where the victims of child sexual abuse can receive restorative after-care through counselling, affirmation, play, and security. Once the children undergo the after-care program, they have an opportunity to join our scholarship program and attain a good education and skills for sustainable living.
Given the success of the initial pilot centre, One Lamb is now planning to make additional facilities available throughout the country. This One Lamb project is in partnership with the Gender Violence Recovery Centre at Nairobi Women’s Hospital and the International Justice Mission, sharing best practices and referrals for services. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 1,992,000.
The Lotto Foundation gave funds to enable all
elders from all communities and 47 counties in
Kenya travel, meet and deliberate on major issues
affecting the Kenyan society.
The idea of a dialogue forum amongst elders was driven by the realization that legislation and institutional reforms must engage with the customs and traditions that are recognized and practiced throughout Kenya, in order to deconstruct and re-conceptualize existing attitudes, beliefs and perceptions.
The Council of Elders responds to this realization by bringing together elders and community leaders from all 47 counties of Kenya and creates a positive dialogue amongst the different communities. Prior to colonial times, the elders in Kenya served as the primary arbiters and dispute resolution agents and provided guidance to their respective communities on the issues of the day.
Their opinions and verdicts were upheld and respected. To this day, elders command respect and authority. Article 159 of the Constitution promotes the use of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms that do not contravene the Bill of Rights and that are not inconsistent with the Constitution. The Council of Elders is among the traditional dispute resolution mechanisms that are formally recognized.
In the wake of the post-election violence in 2007-2008, the National Council of Elders was among the strongest advocates of peace. Their active dialogue forums across the country produced very favorable results. Lotto Foundation is honored to support this noble cause with a grant of Ksh 7,037,000 in keeping with its mandate for supporting communities and heritage.
In 1971, the Catholic Dioceses in Kenya createddevelopment offices with a view to motivating communities to identify their most urgent needs at the grassroots level. Recently, Lotto Foundation was in Elgeyo-Marakwet County to launch a Sustainable Livelihoods project at Kobil Primary School.
Lotto Foundation partnered with Caritas Eldoret for the Small Homes programme, which was established back in 1982 by the Diocese of Eldoret after surveys and other research were conducted by church leaders and social workers in various parishes that were eager to construct small homes to cater for the increasing number of children with disabilities.
The project currently aims to assist twelve small homes through economic empowerment and education for the disabled and disadvantaged in the society. The key beneficiaries of the Small Homes Programme are children with disabilities from disadvantaged households that cannot adequately provide for their basic needs.
The following income-generating projects were initiated by the Small Homes programme, together with Lotto Foundation:
•Tent Hiring – Tents can be hired for celebrations, which generates income in the community
•Bakery – Children are trained in baking and other food-related skills
•Agri-Business Chicken Rearing – meat and eggs generate income through sales and provide food for the homes
The project was launched by Lotto Foundation chairman Mr. Brian Waluchio and was blessed by
Bishop Cornelius K Korir. The Foundation donated Ksh 1,954,350
THE NATION’S CORE
The project aimed to progressively empower Kenyan youth, particularly in the social, political and economic spheres, such that they can lead more meaningful lives now and in the future. Key focus areas include substance abuse and prostitution in both urban and rural areas.
The project has targeted 600 kids and teenagers from the Mukuru slums in the Nairobi area. In awareness-creation workshops, beneficiaries were educated on the dangers of underage drinking, alcoholism, drug addiction, and prostitution. The courses included medical checkups and the disbursement of food, drinks, and medicines.
Counselling sessions were also held with those affected being referred to rehabilitation centres. Further assessments were then held to identify key strengths, talents, and interests, with individuals then joining groups focused on business startup and development, driving, auto-repair, masonry, and various other compatible vocational pursuits.
The Ksh4.4 million granted by Lotto Foundation was invaluable in providing 400 youths from the target group with counseling, vocational training programmes, and financial empowerment.
Lotto foundation sponsored a day of fun at
Shangilia Childrens Home
Having been approached by TV celebrity James Mshamba to support a cause he had been championing, Lotto Foundation gave Ksh100,000 for a day of activities, food, and gifts for the children of the Tumshangilieni Mtoto orphanage.
In the spirit of our commitment to the community, Lotto Foundation funding was used to build a new police station in Karen, providing the area with a secure environment in which members of the public can seek assistance and where victims can safely report crime.
The centre raises the general security level of the greater Karen community and assists the police in creating and maintaining stronger partnerships with the members of the community. Lotto Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 2,110,000 to facilitate the construction.
NGU-NYUMU BOREHOLE FENCING PROJECT
Having visited the Ngu-Nyumu community in Machakos County, Langata Rotary Club identified an urgent need for access to clean water, health, and education services but could find no support to address this need until a partnership was established with Lotto Foundation.
By fencing the public borehole and constructing four collection points, our support will make it possible to accommodate an additional two hundred families to this vital source. In addition, a classroom and medical camp will be constructed with mentorship offered to students. The Lotto Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 2,298,800.