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Celerity Global is partnered with the Dream Project and Free the Children to improve the lives of children and families around the world. Our programs focus on four pillars crucial to lifting communities from poverty: education, alternative income, health care, and water and sanitation.
Beginning in 2012 Celerity Global has adopted the village of Kipsongol in rural Kenya. We aim to make the United Nations Millennium Development Goals a reality and to empower our communities to make a real difference in the lives of children half a world away.
A key challenge for the villagers of Kipsongol is lack of access to water. In addition to this barrier, community members experience severe illness, malnutrition, early marriage, alcoholism and high unemployment rates.
Celerity’s commitment to Kipsongol will be met when community members have acquired skills and are capable of sustaining change through our projects. All moneys raised will go towards addressing the four basic needs below:
With illiteracy rates around 60%, improving the state of education will be the key to the future success and the decrease of poverty in Kipsongol. Presently, six teachers are responsible for educating more than 700 children in a temporary school where students sit four per desk. Celerity Global will fund the construction of a large new school and fill it with books and supplies.
With the only water source being 10 miles away from the village, women and girls must walk seven hours each day to collect water from a dirty river. This daily journey makes it difficult for women to care for their children. It also makes it extremely difficult to engage in income-generating activities and for girls to attend school. The money raised by Celerity Global will be used to dig clean water wells inside the village.
The closest health center is 6 miles away and the clinic is severely understaffed. Due to the lack of clean water, waterborne illnesses are common in the community including typhoid, and malaria. The community is also greatly affected by HIV/AIDS. Celerity Global will address this issue by funding a mobile medical clinic to service the village.
In Kipsongol, 90% of the population survives on less than two dollars per day. Men are the main source of income for a family and generally earn approximately $20 per month. Due to drought, 85% of the population has gone into debt purchasing basic necessities. Celerity Global will sponsor programs training villagers in income generating activities such as sewing and bee-keeping and will also provide resources for starting small businesses.