This oasis-like development is sponsored by Tigard Community Friends Church and supported by Harambee Centre through the power of volunteers and supporters like you. This Cause was first put on Portland’s radar when the late former Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, former State Sen. Avel Gordly, and former Oregon Health and Science University president (Dr. Peter […]
CHWELE, KENYA - Community Development Project
The Chwele Community Development Project was started in 1992 by our president, Grace Kuto. Grace was born and raised as an orphan in Chwele, Kenya and has been working tirelessly over the past 30 years to improve the conditions of the medical facilities in that area.
Located on the slopes of Mt. Elgon in Western Kenya, Chwele-Namwela is a rural community of nearly 60,000 people. Western Kenya is one of the most densely populated areas in the country, and has a high HIV prevalence rate. These factors, coupled with harsh demographic realities - 43% percent of the population is under the age of 15 - translate to an acute need for effective, preventive community health care, health education, and economic development.
Provide medical and community facilities that would meet the health needs of the Chwele village. The Chwele Community Development project is mainly operated on a compounf divided into four buildings: Medical clinic, community centre, community health and HIV/AIDS and a literacy centre.
Long Term Impact
The Chwele Community Development project provides cultural exchange opportunities with a holistic approach of development and with the intention to generate income for self-sustainability purposes.
In 2013, Harambee provided funds to help complete the Chwele Community Centre, a 7,000 sq. ft building that provides space for training and support programs in HIV/AIDS, nutrition, dental hygiene, computer literacy and microcredit enterprises, as well as several volunteer guest rooms.