Rating: 4.6 stars 5 reviews
Issues: Environment, International, Economic Development, Microfinance
Location: McDonough Center, Marietta College 215 Fifth Street Marietta OH 45750 USA
Results: 200 children at Circle of Peace School in Uganda now have lights in the classroom thanks to the installation of a solar PV system.; Efficient cook stoves allow the school cooks to work in a smoke-free environment; 200 students at Chazon Childrens Center in Molo, Kenya can now water their gardens because a pump was installed.; This school has electricity thanks to the installation of wind turbines.; At Kagando Rural Development Center in Uganda, 600 primary school children now have access to hot water for bathing, laundry and cleaning.; At the Mother Care Home, hundreds of new mothers and their infants now have access to efficient cook stoves.... and the list goes on.
Target demographics: Schools and medical facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of children and adults.
Geographic areas served: Sub-Saharan Africa
Programs: Energy improvements at Circle of Peace School (Makindye Uganda), Kagando Rural Development Center (Kasese, Uganda) Chazon Children's Center (Molo, Kenya), Arlington Academy of Hope (Bumwalukani, Uganda), The Hunger Project (Nabriye, Uganda)
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CHAZON Children Centre is a feeding and educational institution that serves orphans, former street children and destitute children from very poor backgrounds. The children are selected from Molo Community. Molo is about230 Km North-west of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Molo has many such children but due to limited resource we have enrolled as we are able to take care of.
The children stay for the night with relatives, foster parents and good Samaritans. The Centre has two vans that pick them up in the morning and drop them in the evening. While at the Centre the children are provided with meals and formal education. They are between age 3 and 16. Currently we have 350 children enrolled at Chazon.
We have faced many challenges during the four years of our existence. One of the major ones was innavailability of electricity a the Centre. We needed electricity to run our office equipment like computers and also for lighting. We are very grateful to Virginia Duffy from New York who introduced us to the President of AHEAD Energy who talked to her about our energy needs. AHEAD took the initiative of looking for a company that would donate power generating equipment to the Centre, Jetpro technology of Taiwan and AHEAD donated all equipment needed for wind power generation and paid for the shipment to Kenya and installed. Today we have electricity at the Centre and NO ELECTRICITY MONTHLY BILLS. AHEAD, keep up with the good you are doing for the disadvantaged people in society.
Pastor and Director
Chazon Children Centre
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The changed lives of former street children. They are able to get along with other children. The orphans are able to receive love, acceptance and for some, a family to live with. All the children are able to have self esteem acceptability and education that they would have otherwise not got. The feeding programme has greatly improved their health.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would improve the nutritional level of the feeding programme, improve the physical facilities like classrooms and indoor kitchen, provide accommodation to those children who have to depend on elderly grandparents. Obtain a more reliable source of clean water.