Human Rights Watch, 2014
Busia County, Kenya has approximately 750,000 residents. Bukhulungu is a small village nestled in the heart of Busia County. Most of Bukhulungu's residents rely on subsistence agriculture. Our children come from Bukhulungu and the surrounding villages.
Where we are located: Busia County, Kenya
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Our vision is a world where rural Kenyan youth possess the knowledge, power and tools necessary to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. COCE embraces a change strategy utilizing community-driven strength based approaches to leverage local and external resources needed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable youth, including AIDS orphans, living in rural Western Kenya. We believe in the value of family and community networks and seek to strengthen their ability to provide for and support youth in accomplishing their goals. We also believe in the already existing social capital of low income, rural communities. Thus, COCE seeks to create lasting effects by empowering the most vulnerable members of the community in order to become agents of social change.
Center for Hope
In 2015, COCE will look to expand its vision to include women's services. We aspire to solidify our role in the community through the construction of the Center for Hope, a multi-purpose center for the community’s most vulnerable members: women and children. Center for Hope will provide meal supplements, after school programming including, counseling for victims of violence, and emergency shelter for those in desperate need. COCE's library project will be a feature of the Center for Hope. We hope to partner with our local community friends through the promotion of the most basic human rights: education, opportunity and freedom from violence and oppression. We strive to encourage the potential of those who have been deprived of these basic needs. Through education, vocational support and therapeutic intervention, we hope to empower community members to build successful lives.
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- Nelson Mandela
Join us in building the Center for Hope, a multi-purpose center for the community's most vulnerable.
We have built classrooms and latrines for a primary school and sponsor school fees for youth
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