Welcome and thanks for visiting this blog! My name is Manuela and I own this blog. I travel often to Kenya, not as a tourist, not in high level surroundings, but rather in the areas where people live in difficult surroundings. Every time I travel to Kenya I’m very interested to meet the people who are close to the poverty line, to learn about their challenges and to understand more about their life. Together, with my local social worker team and my friends I coordinate social projects, we develop together new ideas what could be the next step and then … we do it. Often we start small, learn by doing and based on the impact we develop the activities further.
I collaborate closely with some social entrepreneurs from our network, too (I lead the Making More Health initiative for Boehringer Ingelheim – more information you find at http://www.makingmorehealth.com) .
However, this blog is a private one and does reflect/comprise much more than what I do professionally. Many opportunities and activities are connected and result from the work I do with Making More Health.
There are so many stories to tell, stories that go far beyond my professional activities.
We have a huge vision. We, that’s our team (my good friends in Kenya, two local social workers Chris and Cleo and our driver Francis) run activities that matter: on health, hygiene, for people with albinism, for elderly, for teachers and students and for women, for individuals…for all those in need. Sometimes it does not even take a lot of money or efforts to create a huge impact on peoples’ life. Three chicken in the hands of a women with albinism can make a huge difference. Some piece of soap in the COVID crises makes a huge difference.
Soap, chicken, some self-confidence, a cultural event, raising awareness can become the starting point for someone to grow, to invest in education for the children, for getting hope. Isn’t this something we all should be aware of and stand for?
Help is only meaningful when it fits to the needs and wants of the people and when it arrives in time. It makes sense if it leads to something bigger that enables the people on the ground to manage their life in a better way. We all can contribute to this. Strategic empowerment makes sense, but it needs to grow locally, based on the real situation. What we need to learn in the rich world is that high cost strategy discussions and consultancy from “experts who never have visited the houses and slums here”, discussions on a high level in offices somewhere around the world may lead to some fact and numbers on paper, and some good looking slides, but do not really help. We can be better – so let’s go for it.
We run several projects to empower the communities: in the slums in Nairobi and Eldoret and in some rural areas in West Kenya, especially Bungoma county. And some small projects at Victoria lake.
We belief in a better world. In education and development, but together WITH the people, not for them. We belief in self-empowerment, in partnerships.
The challenges of the people are very complex. It is not the one thing missing. It is not one training or building one infrastructural element. We need to work together with others to bring in many diverse solutions – at one place. That’s why our focus area is Western Bungoma and many stories here are from this geographical area.
If you are interested in more details, please write to Manuela.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy if you support our projects – with expertise and while communicating about us. And – of course – also some private donations for some concrete activities ongoing in our project areas.
P.S: You find more about myself also at LinkedIn