The following list of accomplishments provides a chronological overview of the significant milestones achieved by a community-based organization in Makindu, Kenya. Since its inception in 1998, this organization has tirelessly worked to uplift the lives of children and families within the community. From initiating a feeding program for 71 children to establishing the Children's Center, installing vital resources like a community water tank and solar power systems, to creating educational and sustainable livelihood programs, each step represents their commitment to fostering a healthy, educated, and sustainable community. This impressive journey of change and transformation, year by year, demonstrates their unwavering dedication to empowering Makindu's residents and giving them a brighter future.
1998: Program begins feeding 71 kids
In 1998, a significant milestone was reached when a feeding program was initiated for 71 children. This program was created to address the urgent need for nutritious meals among vulnerable children in the community. By ensuring access to a regular supply of healthy food, the initiative aimed to improve the children's overall health, enhance their learning capabilities, and give them a better chance at life.
2000: Completed construction of the Children’s Center
By the year 2000, the construction of the Children’s Center was completed. This facility was designed to offer a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for the children of the community. The Center not only provides a place for learning and development but also acts as a haven where children can thrive and enjoy their childhood despite challenging circumstances.
2002: Installed community water tank for Makindu town
In 2002, an important community development project was completed with the installation of a water tank for Makindu town. The water tank vastly improved the community's access to clean and safe water, reducing the risks of waterborne diseases and easing the daily struggle of collecting water from distant sources.
2008: Winnie Academy Preschool opens at the Center
The year 2008 marked the opening of the Winnie Academy Preschool at the Children's Center. This early education institution was established to foster learning among the youngest members of the community. By offering a structured educational program, the preschool aims to provide children with the necessary skills and knowledge for their future academic endeavors.
2012: Cows purchased, dairy program begins
In 2012, the organization further expanded its support for the community by initiating a dairy program. With the purchase of cows, not only was a valuable source of nutrition provided through the production of milk, but also opportunities for employment and income generation were created, contributing to the sustainability of the community.
2014: Drilled borehole to access water for Center
A major improvement came about in 2014 when a borehole was drilled to provide water for the Children's Center. This direct access to a reliable water source greatly improved the sanitary conditions at the Center, eased the operations of the facility, and enhanced the quality of life for the children residing there.
2017: Founder Winnie Barron wins Humanitarian of Year
In 2017, the Center's founder, Winnie Barron, was recognized for her outstanding efforts and awarded the Humanitarian of the Year. This prestigious award further validated the impact and significance of her tireless dedication to improving the lives of the children and the broader community in Makindu.
2018: Installed Solar Power to the borehole and buildings
To further its commitment to sustainable practices, in 2018, solar power was installed for the borehole and the buildings. This clean, renewable source of energy not only reduced the Center's carbon footprint but also significantly cut down on energy costs, allowing more resources to be channeled towards the children and programs.
2019: Started the Computer Lab
In 2019, a significant step towards digital literacy was taken with the inauguration of the Computer Lab. This new facility aimed to equip the children with essential digital skills and knowledge, enabling them to keep pace with the ever-evolving technological world and opening up a world of opportunities for their future.
2020: Installed Tippy Tap wash stations at all households
In the wake of global health concerns in 2020, Tippy Tap wash stations were installed at all households. These simple yet effective handwashing stations promoted good hygiene practices, significantly reducing the risk of disease transmission in the community and further safeguarding the health of all its residents.
2021: Installed 5-spigot hand washing station at Center
To further reinforce the importance of hygiene, a 5-spigot hand washing station was installed at the Center in 2021. This enhanced facility made it possible for more children to wash their hands simultaneously, particularly before meals and after outdoor activities, contributing to a healthier environment at the Center.
2022: Distributed hens and goats to each household
In 2022, the organization initiated a distribution program of hens and goats to each household in the community. This initiative aimed to empower families by providing them with the means for sustainable livelihoods, food security, and an additional source of income through the sale of eggs, milk, and meat.