The Nehemiah project is an integrated community development project aimed at improving the overall standard of living of Maasai pastoralists in Mara/Osupuko division. The project seeks to address the poor quality of life led by the pastoralists, which is mainly exacerbated by persistent drought, poor health and their lack of competitiveness in the commodity and labour market. The project will be implemented through specific interventions, such as training on pasture management and animal health, water hygiene and sanitation, food security, environmental conservation activities, disaster preparedness and mitigation, integrated conflict resolution, gender empowerment, and development of community groups. It aims to empower communities to manage their resources. The three main project objectives include: (a) Improve the quality/standards of education; (b) Improved livelihoods and/alternative livelihoods; and (c) Improve accessibility to clean and safe water and hygiene.
Some of the key project activities are: 1) Training leaders on the right of children to education; 2) Carry out health and hygiene education in communities; 3) Install rainwater harvesting systems in the communities; 4) Establish active accumulated savings and credit associations to provide loans for business capital; 5) Conduct business/entrepreneurship trainings among women to expand their knowledge in business; 6) Commercialize agricultural ventures that would yield traditional food crops; and 7) Facilitate the management and supervision by rural communities of their own transformative community.
World Concern and the Nehemiah project communities constructed class rooms for education and provided sheep, wells, seeds and rain water catchment systems.
Disaster risk reduction (DRR), Environment, Gender
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene