BORABU INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (BIRDP)
This proposal is an effort to raise funds to initiate socio-economic development in a rural community of the Abagusii tribe in Western Kenya. The project promoters (Dr Robert N. Oenga and Rev. Nelson O. Oenga) were born and raised in the area and understand the conditions and needs of the people. Direct requests have been made to the promoters to be the mouthpiece of the community in seeking financial, material, technical and other forms of assistance as a first step towards an integrated development project.
The programme will comprise the following activities; Community Health, Water Development, Skills and vocational training, Social Intervention/support, Business and Entrepreneurship development, Dairy improvement project and a range of other agro-based income generating activities. The operational budget over a 5-year period is GBP £321,000.
The capital budget of GBP £166,000 will cover; two (2) field vehicles, a tractor & trailer, construction of four (4) satellite centres/clinics, a Main health centre and workshops for the artisan skills and water development technology.
The Project will mobilise and direct resources within the proposed project site. The people themselves – through open general meetings and represented by an elected Project Management Committee, will make the project decisions. The Project Manager, the Kenya Registered Nurse and other technical staff will be identified from within and outside the project area. All support staff; community activists and other workers will be drawn from the project area. The community members will contribute time and effort to upgrade the rural access roads and provide some of the local materials and free labour needed in the construction of the churches and project centres, clinics and workshops on the earmarked sites.
The various success indicators and results are outlined under section IV – Expected results. These demonstrate that the proposed project will have a major positive impact on the wellbeing of the people. Some of the projects may improve the lives of the people, up to 40-60% of the estimated 60,000 residents of the project site by year 5.
The lessons learnt from this pilot project at the end of the 5 years will be applied towards a broader, more sustainable programme to benefit other areas the Abagusii tribe and other parts of country.
We would like to invite you to be part of this great work. Thank you.
STATEMENT BY THE PROMOTERS:
We have had the privilege of working as development consultants in many other parts of the African continent – for Governmental organisations, Development agencies, churches, Hospitals, Christian organisations and Community-based, self-help development projects. Our experiences in these programmes have been challenging and eye opening and have provided us with a sense of fulfilment, knowing we are part of a solution – as an instrument for positive change.
In all the years of our work we have not been involved with a project so close to our hearts. In this project we are no longer consultants but participants. We were born and raised in the target community. In the attached proposals we have tried to simply tell the story as it is. We hope we will be able to find someone to help and partner with us to initiate the development and progress this community so desperately needs.
We the promoters have been initiated into the eldership of the target community. In this respect we are empowered by the people to speak on their behalf and to extend a hand of welcome to friends and visitors. Welcome to Bobassi Borabu, Nyacheki and let us experience together the sheer delight of liberating a people and eradicating the scourge of poverty.
Dr Robert N. Oenga
Rev Nelson O. Oenga
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