Rainbow Community Excellence Center
|Name||"Rainbow" Community Excellence Center and Orphanage, Rota village near Kisian, Kisumu town west constituency.|
|Aim||To establish an orphanage for the neediest cases that will benefit the whole community as a CEC (Community Excellence Center). The orphanage is a pilot project of the young Kenyan NGO "Vision Alive" of Willis Mark Abiero.|
|Staff||6 friends, 3 experts ("fundis") and about 10 volunteers|
|People reached||about 30 orphans will be resident in the initial phase; the community that benefits from the center has a few thousand people. They will be offered access to computer and Internet services, expertise (cropping, food preservation, income generation) and in a later stage also microcredits.|
|Contact||The Rainbow CEC is operated by the Kenyan NGO|
Executive Director: Jayne Fischer
Programme Coordinator: Mark Willys Abiero
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Project Officer of the Rainbow CEC: Phillip Omondi Ogol
|Donation||200,000 KES (about 2600 USD) (at least)|
This includes the cost of all building materials (timber, cement, sand, iron sheets, nails, paint, turpentine, whitewash, bricks, metal rods, maram, steel windows), payment for the experts, transportation of volunteers and ourselves, meals for the volunteers.
|More than the foundation had been done after 2 weeks|
|Very busy days|
The roof is up, bricking of the office is half way done on Newyear's Eve
...because we came back on January 14th, 2010, to finish the work. The plastering has gone smoothly and the walls were almost ready to be painted. After a quick visit to Obama's grandmother who lives in nearby Kogelo (talking to her and seeing the grave of Obama's father was fascinating to some extent - but more importantly she could give us the contact of a Swiss NGO donating solar panels), we are ready to swing the brushes. Yeon supervised the design and execution of a lovely artwork on the front walls of the Center. We started painting early in the morning to avoid the murderous afternoon sun. In the course of a few days, there appeared an elephant, a jaguar, a hippo, balloons, children, and a large rainbow on the walls.
The community is already talking about the Rainbow Center, and we are confident that it will be accepted and supported, making a real impact.
Without the volunteers we couldn't have done it. We are grateful to everyone who has given us a hand to dig holes, hammer, fill walls, plaster, and level the ground. Also our traveling friends Kenya (Mexico), HD(US), and Cleverson(Brazil) deserve our gratitude. They are among the first people actively incorporating the idea of Charity Travel. Asante!
almost done! The walls are painted and the window frames are put in. HD repairs a piece of rainbow.
We have finished our part of the construction on January 22th, 2010. It has been the largest cause Charity Travel has supported so far, and it has been incredibly rewarding. We will be communicating with Philip regularly and support where we can to make Rainbow a success and a good example for the rest of Kenya and beyond.
in front of the Rainbow Center with kids and volunteers, just before we leave.
If you are visiting Kenya, do not hesitate to combine your trip to the Lake Victoria, the Maasai Mara, Mt. Kenya, or other game parks with a visit to our vibrating Community Excellence Center, and donate your knowledge and experience. Or simple have a look around and be inspired.