The work of the Foundation is guided by a 5-year strategic plan which outlines three strategic goals, alignment of these goals with the national development priorities and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the programmes that will be implemented to achieve each strategic goal. The current strategy plan (2018-2022) reflects the lessons that the organisation has learnt since it was founded in 2010.
Goal 1: To support Protection of the most vulnerable and at risk children and facilitate their access to social services, including education, health, shelter, food and counselling.
Goal 2: To provide youth and young adults with space and facilities to explore opportunities,generate and develop ideals,learn and gain job market-relevant entrepreneurship and life skills.
Goal 3: Support women individually and in groups to increase their capacity to make choices and to transform those choices into actions that increase their incomes and improve their livelihoods and those of their families.
Goal 4: Support community groups to identify and exploit opportunities to increase incomes and improve livelihoods of their members while increasing community cohesion and voice.
These goals will be achieved through implementation of activities in six programme areas
Working in partnership with community-based and/or faith-based organisations, GF supports efforts to get children out of the streets and to schools. The children and then linked to the education support programme to ensure that they stay in school and are supported to deal with the issues that had led them to the streets. The first project started in 2017 in Kawangware, a low income settlement in Nairobi. This programme will be expanded to other low income areas in Nairobi as resources become available
While the Government of Kenya abolished secondary school tuition in 2008 secondary schooling is in no way free in Kenya. Many girls and boys from poor backgrounds fall through the cracks if their families cannot afford to meet other costs of schooling. GF works with community leaders, primary and secondary school teachers and parents to ensure that no child is left behind. We identify girls and boys who are not in school or are at risk of dropping from school for whatever reason. If the reason is money we provide them depending on resources available or link them to other sources including Government bursaries.
For children from poor backgrounds, lack of money is one of the many reasons that risk them not staying at school. Other reasons include unstable family environments, teenage pregnancies, substance abuse etc. We identify children at risk of dropping out of school and provide guidance and counselling in partnership with guidance and counselling teachers. We identify mentors that walk the journey with each child until they complete high school. We organise seminars for school leavers and help them transition to the next stage, and where appropriate link them with the youth empowerment programme.
Over 40% of the youth in Kenya remain unemployed. The transition from childhood (schooling) to young adulthood is very precarious in an environment where the cost of higher education is too high for poor families and opportunities to earn a decent living are limited. The risks of the youth engaging in unhealthy and antisocial activities are high especially in urban slums and poor rural areas. GF works with community, youth leaders, and parents to keep the youth engaged and out of trouble. We use sports as a means to reach to them. We support them to design income generating projects and access funding. In 2018, we are looking to start establishing hubs within the communities where we work. The hubs will provide the youth spaces to learn and explore opportunities. GF will work in partnership with public universities to expand access to higher education to youth in rural areas and urban slums who have limited resources to attend college/university full time. Availing materials and support through the hubs where they can study part time and sit for the examinations, while exploring opportunities to be economically engaged.
Women play a critical role in house livelihoods. For many years, they have formed groups and operated merry go rounds activities where they contribute money and loan each other for meeting immediate needs. The Government of Kenya in the last few years designed a women enterprise fund to support women groups to implement projects. GF supports women groups to design projects, prepare budgets and apply for the Women Enterprise Fund (WEF). We monitor their progress & ink them with Government services e.g. extension services for agricultural projects.
We support self-help groups and community based organisations with training and link them to opportunities for funding and other support to expand their activities and become economically productive. This includes supporting them access government funds and training opportunities by other organisations. We monitor their activities and support with them with implementation. At community level, GF organises community forums and discussions on development issues and works towards supporting communities to engage more actively in their own development and hold leaders to account.