Pamoja carries out its activities according to these 4 pillars:
I. Individual sponsorship of orphans and vulnerable children alleviates the burden of “the foster family” or, in general, the community, by providing access to education. Pamoja Child Foundation supports children with access to primary, secondary and higher education, based on a cost-sharing formula. In recent years, more and more children, about half of whom are girls, have moved on to university education.
II. The school functions as a safe haven for children where they can optimally develop their personality, talents and mental and physical qualities. Management . By strengthening the management committee of the school, the school develops a School Development Plan and they can use the necessary resources to implement this strategic plan. Education.By training teachers in participatory teaching methods, teacher exchange visits, inviting guest speakers, organizing after-school activities such as sports and games, strengthening drama and debate clubs in the school and by involving parents in the school through workshops, the child has more opportunities to improve his or her academic performance, discover talents and choose a profession.
Health and HIV / AIDS . By organizing training on sexual health and rights and strengthening the health clubs, Pamoja wants to prevent girls from becoming pregnant or having sexually transmitted diseases and to stop schooling. By organizing workshops with children, teachers and parents in sex education, training children to pass on messages about HIV / AIDS through theater and by promoting tests for the HIV virus, the child is enabled to make his or her own decisions. regarding sexuality based on information. Protection.By training children, teachers and parents in children’s rights, training teachers and parents in guiding and counseling children and organizing workshops with (voluntary) legal officers, children, their parents and teachers become aware of children’s rights, they are able to protect children better against all kinds of violations of these rights and make the child feel better psychologically. Participation. By strengthening existing clubs in schools, establishing a children’s committee and organizing debates, the child develops self-awareness, is less afraid to express his or her opinion and can influence the decisions that affect his or her life.
III. Parents / guardians are able to support themselves so they can safeguard the rights of their children by strengthening existing community groups. Management. By training the group for improved management, they have better leadership, good financial management, a strategic plan and can use the necessary resources to implement this strategic plan. Food security. By training existing, active groups in better farming or animal husbandry, promoting vegetable gardens and exchange visits, the food security of individual members is improved which ensures that children are adequately and better fed. Income improvement.By training groups – in addition to the above training courses – in saving methods and setting up a small business, the income of the individual members is increased, which benefits the children who have better access to basic necessities and can realize their rights.
IV. Collaboration with others. Partnering with others strengthens the key players responsible for providing education, health care, protection and improved income for children, namely the Kenyan government and parents / guardians in the community. Pamoja Child Foundation works with other like-minded organizations, various district-level ministries, local groups and the children themselves to make its efforts more effective and sustainable. Communication and information about the working method and results help to strengthen support for development cooperation, both in Kenya and in the Netherlands.
So Pamoja has been funded since 2009 by Edukans (formerly by Impulse is , the counter for private initiatives in development and an initiative Edukans, ICCO and Kerk in Actie). Edukans specifically supports our activities aimed at improving the quality of education (School as a Safe Haven or STAR school). In addition to financial support, Edukans regularly organizes training, courses and workshops, both in the Netherlands and on location in (ao) Kenya, where the board or team in Kenya can participate. Such activities offer unique opportunities to further expand our knowledge and activities and to expand our network.
Finally, since 2016 Pamoja, also through Edukans, has been receiving teachers under the ‘World Teachers Program’; an exchange between Dutch (and Finnish) and Kenyan teachers to promote active learning and participatory teaching methods.