Redeemed Gospel Mathare has been implementing social Development activities since the year 1992 before registering the social development wing “Supporting Arms Development Agency (SADA)” as a local NGO Kenya in December 2016. The focus was and continues to be communities living in the informal settlements areas that have over the years been confronted by high level of poverty and poor living standards. The main projects that SADA implements include; Education – Early Childhood Development (ECD) & Primary education, Vocational training, Economic Empowerment, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Relief support/cash transfer, HIV/AIDS, Gender and Women rights.
A dignified and fulfilled life for the poor
We support poor and vulnerable households especially those in informal settlements and rural communities, promoting their rights and empowering them to be being self-reliant.
Our work is driven by our values which includes;
- Value for people
- Building partnerships
- Working with Integrity
CODE OF CONDUCT
SADA Code of Conduct entails the values and rules that SADA and its staff will adhere to and safe-guard laid out standards. All staffs have to abide to child protection and PSEA policy which they sign and agree to before being recruited. There is also a mechanism in place through which beneficiaries can be able to raise complaint/concerns as regards the services they receive.
What We Do
1. Early Childhood Development (ECD) and primary education
In promoting of children rights to education and their protection, SADA is supporting children in its own school (Neeves School), by providing very subsidized school fees. The school’s staff comprise of qualified teachers from the play group class to the upper primary classes. Besides the curriculum based activities children are engaged in extra curriculum activities ranging from Psychosocial Support (including counseling, play and art therapy) and they also have access to computer lab; where … Read More
2. Vocational training
SADA operates a vocational training institution (Wilma Training Institute) whose aim is to impart trade skills to the Youth from Mathare slum community. The institution trains the community (men and women) in skills such as tailoring and knitting, hospitality, basic computer skills, hairdressing and life skills. It is intended that those trained will use these skills to get jobs and earn money to improve their living standards without necessarily waiting to get white color jobs which are limited.
3. Child development and Protection
Besides facilitating child development and protection through education, SADA has been working to promote children’s welfare and protection through life skills training, Sexual and Gender Based Violence awareness raising, Nutrition and health sensitization forums, child advocacy, Sports and talents development.
4. Economic Empowerment
As a means to realizing sustainability, SADA targets at supporting livelihoods through various avenues including; business and entrepreneurship training, business support, life-skills training, literacy and numeracy training, vocational training, micro-credit loans, savings groups, and group enterprise development. The initiatives are developed with a strong focus on resilience and sustainability (designed to strengthen opportunities for self-reliance among vulnerable households)
5. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
SADA have a water borehole within its compounds. To ensure that the community access clean drinking water, it has a water treatment project where treated water is availed to the community at a very affordable cost. One of the main objectives is to significantly reduce water borne diseases and promoting health to the communities living around Mathare. Caregivers/beneficiaries are taught on the importance of body and general hygiene. We also conduct outreach activities while working with government structures aimed at creating community awareness on health related issues.
6. Relief/Cash transfer
SADA through support from donors implements relief interventions where vulnerable households living in the informal settlements are supported with relief in form of either food baskets or cash transfer. This has been vital, considering majority of the families in these dilapidated locations are unable to feed as expected, with others having to survive with one meal a day or in some cases no food at all. Initiatives aimed at addressing such protection concerns are fundamental in helping such households live in dignity, while promoting their living standards. SADA advocate for ….. Read More
SADA implements activities in the area of Support groups – therapies/psychosocial support/VS&L/skills training, referrals, & linkages.
SADA also supports Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) access education, health and psychosocial support.
8. Gender Justice and women rights
We work to prevent all forms of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). We raise awareness on individual rights for all people in the communities we serve, with special focus on women and children, who sometimes suffer marginalization especially in the slum environment.
Where We Work
SADA’s areas of operations are in the sub counties of Kasarani, Starehe, Embakasi, Mathare and Ruaraka. These are informal settlements which are characterized by poor sewage systems, poor housing, and poverty, Inadequate health and schooling facilities, unemployment, malnutrition, child abuse, drug abuse, widespread of HIV/AIDS and high crime rate among other conditions.
There are evident cases of school age children who are found in the villages due to lack of fees and school uniforms. To survive, some of the families also engage in small hawking businesses which include selling paraffin outside their homes, vegetables, food kiosks and also selling cooked food on the road sides. Some women in the slums wash cloths for fee in estates adjusted to the slums. All these earnings/incomes are very low and inadequate to feed the families besides not meeting other basic needs. Some of the children have opted to go to the streets to scavenge in the dumpsites for food and materials for recycling in the industries.
Other indications of high poverty levels in these slums include the type of fuel used to prepare food which includes plastic tins, wood dust and pieces of wood collected from the streets. Most families eat one meal a day with very little or no diversity in their diets. Related to poverty also is the high disease burden with a high prevalence of communicable diseases.