At CEDI, we are convicted that ending the cycle of poverty requires developing a financially savvy mindset right from early childhood into adulthood. From 2017, CEDI has been implementing a program on financial capability dubbed ‘My Money’ and strengthening capacities of schools to promote child safeguarding in underprivileged areas in Kisumu and Migori counties of Western Kenya. My Money is a project that aims at inculcating innovative money and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills in children and young people to ensure their readiness for success in a competitive world. This program has so far impacted over 4,000 primary school children and 150 primary school teachers directly. The program has seen children in our partner schools develop positive financial habits and behaviors, both at school and within their homes. All our partner schools have developed self-initiatives entrenched on saving culture and include a pupil-run My Money shop and school gardens.
Children with disabilities are at a higher risk of violence, abuse or exploitation due to the multiple barriers that prevent them from protecting themselves or reporting incidents of abuse. CEDI and a local partner, The Action Foundation are implementing a project to enhance school enrolment and transition to early childhood education to children with disabilities living under extreme poverty in Nairobi’s informal settlements through responsive caregiving and enhancing their safety and protection. The project is working with 400 children, 8 community schools and 200 caregivers in Kibra and Kawangware settlements. The project supports the partner community schools to building on child protection and strengthening of child protection systems in the schools and the community. The schools have been able to develop child safeguarding policies and teachers trained on child safeguarding and protection. Equally embedded in promoting child safeguarding and inclusive education, the school community has been empowered on creating an enabling and accommodative environment where children feel loved, appreciated, protected and with a sense of belonging.
CEDI is equally keen on leveraging technology to promote livelihoods amongst marginalized women from low income households. M-SAFISHA stands for Mobile-Safisha. The word Safisha is Swahili for ‘to clean’. M-SAFISHA is a mobile software application under development. The App, currently under testing, will link the traditionally disadvantaged women domestic workers with prospective employers. It will empower domestic workers by providing them with the opportunity to find work, set fair wages, and build a sustainable decent work ecosystem. Similarly, the app will promote the enrolment of these women into social protection services to better cushion them from uncertain economic downturns. It will help increase the levels of income for marginalized domestic workers and enable them to lead a dignified life. This app is expected to be rolled out in 2021, and is targeted at 5, 000 domestic workers in urban towns of Kenya.
The project seeks to enhance the capacity of the communities of Kibra and Kawangware to live, learn and thrive in a safe environment. Working with 2500 families, the project aims at inculcating positive behavior change and attitudes with regards to waste management. The project sets out an ambitious plan to achieve. Firstly, through awareness creation campaign in schools, and local community spaces. The community is then educated on solid waste management at the household level. Tree planting campaigns is also entrenched within the broader project framework.