WE ARE A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Improving the quality of life for marginalised groups in rural communities in Western Kenya

How we started


REEP (Rural Education and Economic Enhancement Programme) is a local NGO operating from Butula town, also in Busia district. REEP's mission statement is "to improve the quality of life for marginalised groups in rural communities in Western Kenya". It was set up by a feisty, dynamic local lady called Mary Makokha who originally came from Busia District but left for some years to further her education. With a degree in communications under her belt, she returned to her native area and decided to start up her own local NGO. She set this organisation up over seven years ago and, in her own words, reckons that "the first three years were very difficult and they achieved very little". However, to the outside observer, this seemed a little overly critical - this period must have been an enormous struggle, laying the foundations of a now strong, grass roots level agency, focusing on community participation and working closely with local leaders. Presently, there are eighteen staff working for REEP, and 40 community health workers (CHW) receiving some financial support.

Mission

To achieve, support and sustain an empowered generation through capacity building, lobbying and advocacy for the protection of human rights.

Vission

An Empowered Generation.

Motto

A New Dawn.



Our Values


LOVE

We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

COMPASSION

Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.

Dalai Lama

CHARITY

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

What We Do

REEP (Rural Education and Economic Enhancement Programme) is a local NGO operating from Butula town, also in Busia district. REEP's mission statement is "to improve the quality of life for marginalised groups in rural communities in Western Kenya".

Community Support

REEP is a grass roots organisation, working with community management committees (CMC), which have been set up with total transparency, elected by the community. Many of the people within these committees are living with HIV/AIDS. The CHWs are the corner stone of the activities, and work under the supervision of the REEP Home Based Care (HBC) department. Training of the CHWs is arranged by the REEP office, in collaboration with Pathfinder International. A total of 40 CHWs are working in this programme, initially trained by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Pathfinder International, with further ongoing training provided through the MOH. Income generating activities are initiated at two levels, firstly at REEP office level and secondly, at the support group level, with the assistance of the CHWs.

Food aid programme

A baseline study was conducted prior to the food aid component of the REEP intervention, which started in 2003. The project goal was to 'improve food security among vulnerable households, especially those headed by children and old grandparents'. The food aid component aimed to support PLWHA and their families during crisis periods. A family ration was given, with an extra individual ration of corn soya blend (CSB) and oil to the person infected with HIV/AIDS. The initial food was targeted at families identified by the CHW and the CMC, but due to resource constraints this has proved unsustainable. Plans are now in place to look at food being given for 4-6 months only, focusing on the hunger gap period. Although there is not a major focus on antiretroviral therapy within this programme, MSF is also working in the area and medicines are available free of charge for those identified as requiring them.

Income Generation

Small scale income generating activities have been initiated, including community gardens and small livestock distributions. It is planned that the community gardens will be at village level. In the past, maize has been the main staple grown in the Busia area, however this does not grow well. Instead, initiatives are in place to plant more cassava, sweet potato and traditional vegetables, as well as more sorghum and millet. Some women were given a small sum of money to set up their own businesses, or to support already established business.

Education
For Children

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Our Team

REEP is run by the following able members of its administration:

Mary Makokha

Director

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. Smiling in your brother's face is an act of charity. That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.

Justus Makhulo

Project Manager

The world calls for, and expects from us, simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility, detachment, and self-sacrifice. Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man.

Valerie

Communication

The world calls for, and expects from us, simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility, detachment, and self-sacrifice. Without this mark of holiness, our word will have difficulty in touching the heart of modern man.

Bonny

Finance Manager

He who has never denied himself for the sake of giving, has but glanced at the joys of charity. He who has no charity deserves no mercy.