2009 Community Development Plan
[The following text has been presented by the Leadership Council of Kiu in cooperation with and from the Community Development
Manager – Paul Omondi – and the Community Representative – Lucy Andrews. For the most part it is being presented in its unedited
form. The U.S. Office of The 410 Bridge, however, has presented notes and comments in each area to indicate questions, and/or areas
To have a vibrant community that rooted in the word of God, actively stimulated by local
economy; have access to safe clean water, opportunity for all kids to enroll in primary school and
accessible heath care services within a reasonable distance.
Strategic Priorities: (Rated in order of importance)
5. Spiritual Growth
PRIORITY 1: ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER:
There is acute water shortage and people have to move for a long distance in search of
water. The area is dry with unreliable rainfall, hence women spend most of the day in
search of water while the school going children have to look for water early in the
morning before going to school and late in the evening after school.
Specific needs to be addressed by the project:
• Reduce the long distance walk in search of water if U.S. Office Note: Access in and of itself will not be
the community can have a water project with sufficient to resolve the water crisis in Kiu. Distribution of
designated water points within a reasonable distance the water throughout the community, as well as on-going
• The time used to look for water can be greatly water and sanitation education will be necessary.
reduced and women can use this time to engage in
other activities and even do income generating
• The performance for school going kids, especially the girl child will improve given that they
will have to concentrate on their studies and not look for water at the expense of their study
• With the availability of water, irrigation can be practiced; hence food production in the
community will be boosted.
• Decongestion of the current water points; the community currently faces heavy congestion at
the only water point that was provided by Living Water International
• Some community members can result to meaningful livestock keeping since their animals
will not lack water.
The Number of Community members to be directly impacted by the project:
Upon completion of the three phases of the water project, an
estimate of 20,000 people will benefit and as the project
expands over the years, it will benefit a population estimated
to be 100,000 people.
Number to be impacted:
• The project will impact about 2,000 community
members Water line construction in a 410 community
Who to be impacted:
Institutions like Schools, health centers, churches and the market area will be targeted since they
attract a diverse group of people in the community, by targeting them, one ends up impacting a
big percentage of the population.
• They will provide the land to be used for the water project
• They will provide unskilled labor for free
• The community members will take up the role of ensuring the safety and the security of the
• There will be a committee formed by the U.S. Office Note: Water fees are a common system within
Kenya. The local water authority will meter the water and
community to run the water project; this
bill the various “water councils” for the water that is
committee will ensure that an affordable user
consumed. The amount collected by the council should be
enough to cover the usage bill as well as project maintenance.
fee is charged to the end consumers. This fee will go towards maintenance.
• Partnership with the relevant government authority will endure the continuity of the project
and will give it a public out look to ensure transparency and accountability.
PRIORITY 2: EDUCATION
JUSTIFICATION (Why it is Number 2)
Currently, the education levels and standards in the community is down because of an array of
reasons, but the major reasons include; high dropout rates among high school kids because of
lack of school fees, high unemployment rate has also discouraged many from taking schooling
seriously. As a result, the community’s level of education has stagnated to the point that even
with free primary education, parents are not motivated to take their children to school because
they either think that they will not afford high school education or even if they did afford high
school education, their children may never get employment opportunities even after being
educated. Such tendencies have denied many bright students opportunity to access education and
make a difference not only in their community but also the nation have lost men and women
who can make meaningful contribution to its social economic and political development.
Specific needs to be addressed:
U.S. Office Note: Currently in Kenya, only 24% of
• Education is the surest way proved beyond reasonable children attend secondary school.
doubt to fight ignorance, diseases and poverty. There
is pressing need to fight ignorance, diseases and
poverty in the community if transformation is to be a reality.
• Changing the mindset of the community on the way the perceive education and eliminating
barriers to quality education will ensure that the community appreciate the value of education
and think out of the box in an effort to find the solutions to their own problems.
• Education standards in the community will raise and the number of students completing
primary school and successfully joining high school will go up.
Figures to be Impacted:
1000 students are targeted to be impacted. The target group is from age 6 years to 18 years old
kids in the community.
• Ensure that all kids who attain the school going age (6 years) are in school without gender
• Create an enabling environment for the children to have adequate time to do their home
works and studies.
Project Sustainability: 410/BPFC will set up a project
aimed at eliminating barriers to quality education which U.S. Office Note: The 410 Bridge will work in cooperation with
our education partner Bright Point for Children to put sponsorship
will involve purchasing of textbooks in schools, deploying programs in place to meet the needs outlined under this priority in
more teaches in collaboration with ministry of education, a sustainable way. Partner churches have historically played a big
purchasing of furniture, and repair work in schools. role in providing sponsors to fund educational programs.
Sustainability will be achieved through the following ways;
• The teachers to be deployed will be handed over to the government through the ministry of
education to continue funding their salaries through the tax pays money
• Parents will offer unskilled labor when it comes to construction and repair work
• The benefits accrued by the beneficiaries or graduates will be enjoyed by the entire community as
they use their skills and knowledge to look into ways of transforming their community.
PRIORITY 3: HEALTH
Currently, the community has only one medical facility which cannot
handle the population and not strategically located in the community,
some community members have to walk for long distances given that
the health facility available is shared between two communities. The
available medical facility is under staffed and also lack facilities to
handle both inpatient and outpatient adequately. The community Medical clinic built in 410 Bridge community in 2008
proposes another health facility to better serve the population.
Project: Construction of a functional medical facility. U.S. Office Note: The project would consist of
construction and outfitting of a medical clinic. The
clinic would provide general medical care,
immunizations, maternity care, VCT testing, etc.,
Specific needs to be addressed: but would not be a hospital or offer the variety of
services that a hospital would.
• Having another health facility will decongest the present
• It strategic location will ensure that it serves a good number of the population and reduce the
distances they have to cover to get to the hospital
• It will reduce the dangers of mother or child’s death during delivery which is common as most
people prefer to deliver at home being attended to by the traditional medical practitioners.
• Common illnesses like malaria, Tuberculosis and sexual transmitted diseases will get urgent
• Family planning services
• Maternal health care
• Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services
The Number to be impacted: About 3000 community members and the surrounding population will
be impacted by the project, the category to be impacted include; pregnant women, children, youths, men,
women and people Living with HIV/AIDS.
U.S. Office Note: By this stage of the partnership we will
Contribution by the community:
expect the community involvement and contribution towards
• Help in acquiring land to build the facility, provide the project to increase significantly. This may take the form
unskilled labor, and offer security. of financial contributions, providing needed materials,
volunteering of skilled labour, etc.
Sustainability (it is sustainable)
• An affordable fee will be charged to guarantee U.S. Office Note: The facility would be supplied and furnished
operation and maintenance, doctors and nurses will through our partnership with MedShare, a non-profit organization
be on government’s pay roll. providing medical supplies to the third world.
Priority 4: ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (BUSINESS ENTERPRISES)
JUSTIFICATION: With high unemployment rate, many community members find themselves
either jobless or being engaged in hidden unemployment. The youths are engaging in immoral
behavior like prostitution just to make both ends meet, yet a well thought out plan of micro-
enterprise can offer employment to the many jobless people and also promote the local
Specific needs to be met:
• Poverty eradication
• Job Creation
• Develop self reliance community
• Increased revenue for the government
• Facilitate growth and development of the community’s downtown.
Micro-enterprise will impact directly the community
members who will be trained to start up small U.S. Office Note: The 410 Bridge is partnering with The
business and then eventually about the entire Dynamic Business Start Up Project, (DBSP), to offer
population of about 3,000 who are the targeted
community members a one-year training program. Through
consumers of the goods and services. this program they will learn the basics of business
management, develop and launch a business, and receive
Community contribution ongoing coaching as they are running their business.
• Provide venue to conduct micro-enterprise training
• Community members will sign up for the trainings
• Those who sign up for classes will be required to pay a fee to be enrolled for the training
• Micro-enterprise training will require enrolled community members to conduct research in the
community in a bid to explore business ventures available.
• Will form groups or co-operatives to better market their products
Sustainability (The project is sustainable)
Profits accrued from the micro-enterprise will be ploughed back/reinvested in the business
to guarantee expansion, training of the community members who will be involved in micro
enterprise to understand principles, management and growth of business will ensure
PRIORITY 5: SPIRITUAL GROWTH
JUSTIFICATION: Kiu community being one of the fast growing shopping centers that attracts
people from different community comes with the challenge of moral deterioration, and as such, it
becomes paramount to reach out to the lost. The Leadership Council has a good chance of doing
evangelism without drawing competition among churches since the leadership council draws its
membership from different churches in the community, and with the help of 410 churches in the US who
may want to do missions in Kenya, the experience can be more enriching.
Specific needs to be met:
• Build mature Christians U.S. Office Note: The 410 Bridge will look towards Kiu’s
• Disciple those who are young in Christian faith community partners to help provide teams and expertise in
the area of spiritual development. We have a unique
• Fulfill Jesus Christ great commission
opportunity to train, disciple, and mobilize the body of Christ
• Behavioral change
in Kiu in such away that generations would be impacted and
• Attitude/perception change
God would be greatly glorified.
• Promote ecumenical co-operation among various churches in the community
Community Members to be impacted: Church leaders estimate that
about 30 per cent of the community members need to be reached by the
word of God. This percentage forms the target beneficiaries.
• Provide venue for the Bible study groups, training/youth
Biblical leadership training with a 410 Leadership Council
• The church leaders to facilitate evangelism, discipleship
and youth activities
• Sustainability (Yes)
Ownership by all churches in the community will guarantee sustainability, the need to teach
and disciple young Christians who will in turn disciple others will create continuity hence
COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES
U.S. Office Note: These activities are meant to create
1. Schools; Tree planting, fencing, parents opportunities for service teams and communities to work together
furniture day where they will show up to make on specific projects that have been identified by the community.
furniture under the instruction of skilled labor Sometimes larger projects have need for more specialized labour
and 410/BPFC purchasing the supplies to be or are not conducive to a team working on them. These
used, repair work in schools, painting of the community service activities generally require little capital and
skilled labour yet meet a significant need within the community.
2. Churches; Bible Study Groups ,Distribution of
Bible literature while having fellowships, Holding youth seminars & camps that bring
together all churches, Training of church leaders and discipleship, Organizing medical
outreach camps through churches (If 410 bring medical doctors to work alongside the local
3. Community: Tree planting, evangelism, sports,
Partnership with The 410 Bridge
Partnership with 410 bridge will give the community an opportunity not only to identify their talents but
also to use them in a way that they have never used them before to transform the community. It will
impact the community by change of attitude as the 410 come alongside them, they will start to believe in
themselves and see hope as they solve their problems. The community see 410 bridge as an enabler
willing to go with them an extra mile. The impact will be seen in the improved community participation.