CIVS Kenya
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Community Resource Center

CIVS Kenya has developed an innovative project approach, following its integrated socio-economic development strategy. We call it Community Resource Center.

The first Community Resource Center was constructed in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Ahero Resource Center serves as a One-Stop-Shop offering a variety of services to the local community.

The center comprises of a modern training facility to provide capacity building opportunities in Drought Resilient Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Adult Education. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which encompasses a Greenhouse, Tree Nursery and Poultry Farm that provide practical examples of modern farming practices to training participants as well as a source of nutrition and income for the Orphan Feeding Program. 100 school going Orphans and Vulnerable Children that have been selected by the community get a free lunch at the center to improve their health and school performance.

The Ahero Resource Centre is also equipped with comprehensive rainwater harvesting infrastructure to fully utilize the short and heavy rains in the region.

Additionally a borehole provides a reliable and affordable source of safe water for the community. The construction of two water kiosks in the wider area connected with the borehole will improve accessibility to clean and safe water in the community significantly.
The center also hosts a Community Bank offering financial services tailored to the needs of the local community, including saving money or issuing out loans to members. This boosts the economical activities of the over 300 bank members and provides startup capital for training entrepreneurship and agriculture participants when needed.

Community members, especially youth use the centers’ library for individual learning and pupils can do their homework at the center. A projector in the training hall is connected to a Pay TV installation which is used for showing football matches on big screen. The income generated from this and other activities cover the running costs of the center.

In regular intervals representatives from the Ministry of Health and Education, as well as local administration (e.g Chief, MP), are holding open forums for information sharing and discussion with the community at the center. The establishment of the Ahero Resource Center has transformed the community to the better and improved the lives of many, making it a truly sustainable, integrated and community driven development project.

Ahero Resource Center, Ahero, Kisumu