Advocacy is immensely important for a population that is already severely marginalized and disadvantaged, many of whom are neglected and often abused. Increasing awareness for the entire community of Makindu of the basic human rights that ALL people deserve is essential; helping to empower them to stand up for those rights, and learn how to access available resources are the next steps in the process.
MCC has offered free community seminars (open to all community members) over the years on a multitude of subjects, including talks on child advocacy and protection, women’s rights (both ethically and legally within Kenya), HIV/AIDS, and more topics, and has helped to connect many, many villagers over the years to other resource groups within Kenya to assist them.
The kids and families within MCC are given many talks as well as tools to help guide them to become more confident, self-empowered, and more capable of advocacy and improved independence and self-sufficiency. We want them to understand their rights, feel deserving of them, and learn how to fight for those rights.