The Ileho Community Centre for Social Services
Oscar Siema Mmbali, Director
Protecting and Caring for Women, Children and Youth in Western Kenya
All contributions are graciously accepted
(click on the blue sweater to donate)
White Papers - Reports of Interest About Kenya (mostly pdf's)
Staff of the ICCSS and Link to Photo Gallery
Congratulations to the ICCSS on their recent purchase of a one acre plot of land!
Get Involved With The ICCSS - Your Opportunity For A Direct Connection With A Kenyan Social Service Agency
From offering organic farming expertise to making a donation of any amount, The Blue Sweater Project and the Ileho Community Centre for Social Services are grateful for all contributions. Building a sustainable, humane and thoughtful project whose direction is determined by the people who live in the region takes all kinds of help. Would you like to spend sometime living in rural Africa, volunteering for the ICCSS? A trip is tentatively planned for the summer of 2010. Send your inquiry. Would you like to read the journal of someone who made the trip? This past summer the ICCSS was pleased to host Swiss social work student Vera Butschi. We posted her entries and photos here. If you want to take the plunge and design your own rural Kenya adventure, contact us. The ICCSS is especially interested in hosting people with medical or farming expertise; this is a great opportunity to see what life is like in this part of Africa by actually living there.
Programs always need supplies, and this year the situation is especially bleak for those living in developing countries. Starvation is coming to the front as a cause of death, food security is more of a struggle than ever. Below is the ICCSS’s wish list of skills and services the as the project goes forward in 2010:
To send a care package directly to the program, please download the pdf of the ICCSS Wish List of supplies.
Organic Farming Become an advisor on organic farming (PDF)
Organic farming is no longer thought of as a “western lifestyle fad” in Africa, it is well on its way to becoming a first rate poverty reduction tool. See this article on the IOL Technology website
From ICCSS Director Oscar Siema Mmbali: “We counsel and help youth out of drugs and other forms of violence. The women cases we deal with also need economic empowerment in order to provide a total healing. This is because some forms of violence and domestic struggles are related to poverty. The youth and women situation then calls for a meaningful programme that can facilitate change and lead to total empowerment. This is why we need a professional in organic farming ... as well as an organic farming programme established.”
Social Work, Substance Abuse Counseling and Mental Health Counseling
The program is interested in hearing from those who can offer training materials in general social work/mental health counseling or practitioners who are interested in working with those who suffer from combined mental health and substance abuse problems.
Peace Building, Dispute Resolution and Mediation
There is a lot of interest on the part of the ICCSS staff to have an in-house program for mediation and training of the ICCSS staff in mediation techniques, dispute resolution and peace building, as well as interest using those same skills in implementing a program that can work with those currently incarcerated.
In Africa, “social work” is work that addresses whatever the society needs. As often as not, this involves repairing and shoring up homes for widows and grandparents who are taking care of orphaned children. The roofs of houses always need repairing and materials are always in short supply. Any kind of construction material is appreciated. The mid to long term goal of the ICCSS is to buy land and build a community center. At that time all interested will be invited to come to Kenya to help in the design and building process.
The original purpose of The Blue Sweater Project was to raise awareness of the educational needs of the children of the western Kenya region. The quality of the educational system in Kenya is relatively good (English is the first language) but children are often needed in the workforce or don’t have the funds to attend school. The ICCSS endeavors to get as many orphans as possible in the educational system and keep them there. Eventually they would like to build a local elementary school level academy.
Legal Advice (on matters in-country)
The mid-long term goal of the ICCSS is to buy land and build a multi-service community center. Advice from someone who knows the process of buying the land in Kenya and the legal process involved would be greatly appreciated.
The ICCSS welcomes any medical personnel who are interested in either working in Kenya or acting as consultants for the project. Africa in general is in great need of medical talent. The ICCSS will provide you with housing with a family in the community if you are interested in spending some time helping the community heal. People with all levels of skill and in all areas of medical expertise are encouraged to contact us.
(click on the blue sweater to donate)All donations are greatly appreciated. We know times are difficult and appreciate your effort all the more for it.