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  • Increasing Access to Health Care Using a Community-Based Approach

    Increasing Access to Health Care Using a Community-Based Approach

    Community Health Workers (CHWs), health assistants or lay health workers who provide a fundamental level of health care for residents in the community in which they live, have been shown to make a tremendous contribution to public health and community development. In Kisumu, Kenya, residents of Manyatta, an informal settlement with nearly 90,000 people that…

  • “Standing Up for Girls” – and their Right to the Education they Deserve

    “Standing Up for Girls” – and their Right to the Education they Deserve

    For many in the developing world, education isn’t taken for granted. Around 35 million girls are out of school, the World Bank says, almost half of them in sub-Saharan Africa. In support of girls’ education, MCI joined the literacy organization LitWorld and other partners, including Connect To Learn, Asia Initiatives and the Children of Kibera…

  • Where Poverty is Extreme, but Where Girls’ Clubs Have Taught Participants the World Has Possibility

    Where Poverty is Extreme, but Where Girls’ Clubs Have Taught Participants the World Has Possibility

    The following is a guest blog, authored by Pam Allyn, Executive Director and Founder of LitWorld, a global organization advocating for children’s rights as readers, writers and learners, and an MCI partner. This account is based on Pam’s travels to the Millennium City of Kisumu, Kenya, to spend time with four Girls’ Clubs, which foster…

  • Empowering Girls through Literacy: Kisumu Girls’ Club Leader Honored at LitWorld Gala

    Empowering Girls through Literacy: Kisumu Girls’ Club Leader Honored at LitWorld Gala

    In Kenya, as in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, girls have lower primary and secondary school completion rates than boys. Yet learning can empower girls, providing them with critical skills that enable them to become higher wage earners and community leaders. Ms. Lois Owiti, a teacher at Kisumu Day Senior High School in Kisumu, Kenya,…

  • A Medical Mission to a Millennium City

    A Medical Mission to a Millennium City

    The following is a guest blog, authored by Dr. Medhat Allam, Chairman of International Surgical Mission Support, one of MCI’s partners. In Kenya, like with many developing counties, residents often lack access to specialized medical care. International Surgical Mission Support (ISMS), which strives to train medical professionals and provide free care to those in need,…

  • Widening the World for Students

    Widening the World for Students

    The following is a guest blog, authored by David Homa, an anthropology and economics teacher at Los Gatos High School in California, one of MCI’s School2School partners. As the world shrinks through the use of technology, it is possible to widen the world to students all over the world. During the past week, I have…

  • MCI’s MDG Hero Series: MCI’s Kisumu Social Sector Specialist Makes Strides in Education and Infrastructure

    MCI’s MDG Hero Series: MCI’s Kisumu Social Sector Specialist Makes Strides in Education and Infrastructure

    Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city, has one of the highest poverty levels and worst set of health indicators in the country. As such, its needs are significant. Ben Obera, our social sector specialist in Kisumu, has worked tirelessly to address the many challenges confronting the city. In an effort to fill some of the gaps…

  • Improving Access to Safe Water and Sanitation in Kisumu, Kenya

    Many families in developing countries, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Proper sanitation facilities are also rare, particularly in informal settlements and peri-urban areas. Despite the valiant efforts by local and national governments, international NGOs, foundations and corporations to bring clean water and sanitation facilities to sub-Saharan…

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  • Increasing Access to Health Care Using a Community-Based Approach

    Increasing Access to Health Care Using a Community-Based Approach

    Community Health Workers (CHWs), health assistants or lay health workers who provide a fundamental level of health care for residents in the community in which they live, have been shown to make a tremendous contribution to public health and community development. In Kisumu, Kenya, residents of Manyatta, an informal settlement with nearly 90,000 people that…

  • “Standing Up for Girls” – and their Right to the Education they Deserve

    “Standing Up for Girls” – and their Right to the Education they Deserve

    For many in the developing world, education isn’t taken for granted. Around 35 million girls are out of school, the World Bank says, almost half of them in sub-Saharan Africa. In support of girls’ education, MCI joined the literacy organization LitWorld and other partners, including Connect To Learn, Asia Initiatives and the Children of Kibera…

  • Where Poverty is Extreme, but Where Girls’ Clubs Have Taught Participants the World Has Possibility

    Where Poverty is Extreme, but Where Girls’ Clubs Have Taught Participants the World Has Possibility

    The following is a guest blog, authored by Pam Allyn, Executive Director and Founder of LitWorld, a global organization advocating for children’s rights as readers, writers and learners, and an MCI partner. This account is based on Pam’s travels to the Millennium City of Kisumu, Kenya, to spend time with four Girls’ Clubs, which foster…

  • Empowering Girls through Literacy: Kisumu Girls’ Club Leader Honored at LitWorld Gala

    Empowering Girls through Literacy: Kisumu Girls’ Club Leader Honored at LitWorld Gala

    In Kenya, as in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, girls have lower primary and secondary school completion rates than boys. Yet learning can empower girls, providing them with critical skills that enable them to become higher wage earners and community leaders. Ms. Lois Owiti, a teacher at Kisumu Day Senior High School in Kisumu, Kenya,…

  • A Medical Mission to a Millennium City

    A Medical Mission to a Millennium City

    The following is a guest blog, authored by Dr. Medhat Allam, Chairman of International Surgical Mission Support, one of MCI’s partners. In Kenya, like with many developing counties, residents often lack access to specialized medical care. International Surgical Mission Support (ISMS), which strives to train medical professionals and provide free care to those in need,…

  • Widening the World for Students

    Widening the World for Students

    The following is a guest blog, authored by David Homa, an anthropology and economics teacher at Los Gatos High School in California, one of MCI’s School2School partners. As the world shrinks through the use of technology, it is possible to widen the world to students all over the world. During the past week, I have…

  • MCI’s MDG Hero Series: MCI’s Kisumu Social Sector Specialist Makes Strides in Education and Infrastructure

    MCI’s MDG Hero Series: MCI’s Kisumu Social Sector Specialist Makes Strides in Education and Infrastructure

    Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city, has one of the highest poverty levels and worst set of health indicators in the country. As such, its needs are significant. Ben Obera, our social sector specialist in Kisumu, has worked tirelessly to address the many challenges confronting the city. In an effort to fill some of the gaps…

  • Improving Access to Safe Water and Sanitation in Kisumu, Kenya

    Many families in developing countries, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Proper sanitation facilities are also rare, particularly in informal settlements and peri-urban areas. Despite the valiant efforts by local and national governments, international NGOs, foundations and corporations to bring clean water and sanitation facilities to sub-Saharan…