Massaba Rural Development Organization
A national Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered in Kenya under the Non-Governmental Organization Act.
Issues that MRDO is Concerned with
HIV/AIDS and Malaria
Every year, malaria claims more than 1 million lives, while HIV/AIDS kills 2 million people. Developing countries such as Kenya are the hardest hit. We have therefore developed programs and policies to tackle these diseases through prevention and education for our employees and local communities
The water crisis is due not only to the wave of droughts, but also to poor management of the water supply, under-investment, unfair allocation of water, rampant deforestation, pollution of water supplies by untreated sewage, and a huge population explosion (thirty-fold increase since 1900)
Poverty Alleviation through Income Generating Activities
The living conditions of the majority of Kenyans are deteriorating rapidly. The number of people unable to access clean water, clothing, shelter, health services and education is also very high. Unemployment is a key reason for this problem. MRDO is concerned with coming up with income generating activities to help solve this issue.
Food Security and Malnutrition
Kenya faces severe food insecurity problems. Official estimates indicate over 10 million people are food insecure with many living on food relief. The current food insecurity problems are attributed to several factors, including the frequent droughts, high costs of domestic food production due to high costs of inputs especially fertilizer, displacement of a large number of farmers following the post-election violence, high global food prices and low purchasing power due to high level of poverty.
Education Support to Disadvantaged Bright Children
We realize that the real future of society lies in the hands of our children and grandchildren. Our first priority should be the nurturing and education of the youth. This is especially significant for children from poor backgrounds. Massaba Rural Development Organisation is intent on providing education to the less fortunate in society.
Housing and shelter
Kenya needs to build two million affordable city homes to meet its housing deficit and stem the growth of its sprawling slums, already home to six out of 10 urban households. Many Kenyans are unnecessarily living in slum dwellings, because of limited supply and lack of affordability. The problem will only become more acute over the next decades without a serious focus on housing and the finance of housing for the average Kenyan.
Alcohol and Drug abuse poses a huge challenge to the growth and development of different industries in Kenya. Presently, about 200 million people or 5 per cent of the world’s population aged 15 to 64 use drugs. In Kenya it is estimated that 5,835,007 of the youth population abuse drugs. This is a challenge as it is the youth who are expected to be the driving force of the country’s economy.
Maternal and Child Health
The health of a mother and her child during birth a major challenge in Kenya. In cases where a child does not receive the required medical and nutrition needs during childhood, it exposes them to illnesses or death. Where children do survive, the effects of ill health linger into adulthood. An ill child is likely to become an unhealthy adult with ongoing health issues. We, therefore, seek to ensure that the mother and child get the attention that they need at this crucial stage in their lives.
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Our Strategic Approach
MRDO’s strategic approach is to support projects initiated by rural communities in line with sectoral and district development plans, taking into consideration sustainability. The key components are: –
- Lobbying and advocacy on HIV/AIDS and Malaria.
- Support to home-based care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
- Support to foster homes/parents of children orphaned through HIV/AIDS.
- Support to rehabilitation homes for drug addicts/alcoholic .
- Train on modern farming techniques i.e intensive maize production
- Promote food security through establishment of food banks.
- Promote investment in high incoming generating activities e.g. horticulture and zero grazing units.
- Provide relief to serious cases of malnutrition, especially for children under five and pregnant women.
- Promote social activities, e.g. water development and conservation of the environment.
- Provide school bursaries to disadvantaged children from poor families, and more especially the girl child.
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