Womankind Kenya

cpic7Womankind Kenya is an indigenous local NGO based in North eastern province Kenya with its head office at Garissa Municipality. Womankind was founded in 1989 as a welfare society by local Somali pastoral women who were committed to improving the living standards and the level of decision making of their fellow pastoral women and the girl child in the North Eastern province.

The organization particularly targets women and children, the most vulnerable members of the society; it addresses issues of Education, Agriculture and livestock management, water and sanitation, campaigns and advocacy, women empowerment through civic education, emergencies interventions and women IGA programmes. It works with the pastoral communities at large to identify core problems.

Womankind aims to build confidence, raise self-esteem and empower the community we work with to participate fully in their own affair and decision making to facilitate community based projects. This is aimed to exploit the natural and human resources available in the region whist sustaining and improving the environment for the benefit of the habitants and their livestock. The organization aims to bring together the local community with their expertise and experience and the development agencies with their resource to confront ignorance, diseases, poor livestock husbandry, environmental degradation and the resultant poverty and backwardness.

Womankind forms the basis for networking with other civil society organization both at the Local and international level to create a resource centre and a forum for discussion; exchange ideas on problems affecting the pastoral community. While also Integrate the existing projects for improvement on proper healthcare and the living standards towards self-employment opportunities and initiate food self-sufficiency strategies and funding.

Womankind Kenya is committed to reduction of poverty and all its vices especially- ignorance, illiteracy, diseases and dehumanising cultural practices, to pave way for a dignified and empowered community in North Eastern Province.

Womankind Kenya will continue to uphold solidarity with the poor and marginalized, especially women and the girl child. It will also continue to intensify its commitment to freedom of poor women and orphaned girl child from the bonds of poverty, discrimination and social injustices. This implies that respect for human rights, gender sensitivity, respect for religious norms, integrity, wilful and voluntary participation of community in its programmes forms the core values of Womankind Kenya.

Womankind exists to support the most vulnerable members of the community, specifically women, destitute children and poor households in Garissa, Ijara and Wajir districts of North Eastern Province and to build the capacity, knowledge and ability to take control of their lives.