Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Umande Trust's Bio-centre Initiative Program Profile Featured in Wash Impact Network Result For development Website

The Bio-Centre Initiative helps create open-defecation free urban neighborhoods through offering a menu of cashless payments, sanitation financing, and making sanitation facilities affordable.


With the untimely death and rampant fire outbreaks at informal settlements in Kenya, Umande Trust resolved to partner with Citadel limited to ensure the aftermath of these calamities is not as heavy upon the afflicted members. Together, the two organizations in partnership with Jubilee Insurance came up with tumaini ya Jamii insurance policy; a product that seeks to compensate the directly affected families as they try to salvage the remains of their life and properties.

Umande Trust hosted a one day training workshop at the Nicofeli bio-centre in Kibera of champions/agents selected from all informal settlements covered by Umande Trust in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Embu. Mr. Bernard Mwaniki from Citadel took time to educate the champions on the benefits of being members of the insurance policy. The policy seeks to compensate house fires, disability from accident and cater for funeral expenses for the members and their direct family members. Some of the benefits of the policy are timely compensation and various alternatives in premium payment.

The response was positive from both the champions and the few people who have already signed up for the policy and ensuring they are prepared for any future anticipated risk. Umande Trust is honored to be part of the solution to the many stranded residents in these informal settlements. They will now be able to give their departed loved ones a decent send off. In case of any injuries or disabilities, they are also able to cater for a great percentage of their medical bills. It was once more a successful value addition training by Umande Trust and Citadel.

Written By:
Lilian Waka

Friday, September 25, 2015

Umande Trust and Practical Action Realizing The Right To Total Sanitatio...


Who said a child cannot take care and nurture another; well it has been such an amazing week of adopting a tree. #youth baton has been running an “Adopt a Tree Week” campaign concurrently with youths in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mozambique and Kenya seeking to emphasize the importance of trees in schools and the general environment. Each student was given a chance to adopt a tree and taken through the process of planting and nurturing it to its full growth.

Given the tremendous Deforestation in Kenya, The campaign was aimed at instilling into the students at an early age the environmental importance of planting trees around us. The campaign was not restricted only to schools but also institutions like churches, organizations and individuals. The exercise was conducted in partnership with Kenya Forest Service-KFS (Samuel Wachira) and Umande Trust who coordinated the whole 5 day event. Mr. Samuel wachira, the Langata and Kibra sub-county KFS representative, took the time to educate us on the dos and don’ts of
successfully planting and nurturing a tree seedlings. Some of the schools that fully participated and embraced the campaign were Anwa Primary, Mashimoni Squarters, Makina Primary, Glory Primary, St. Christine, Desert Stream Primary and PCEA Silanga High School.
 The students were excited and passionate about the idea of adopting and owning a tree. They were ready and happy to be present and future “tree ambassadors.” In the long run, the schools, churches and communities will enjoy a cool ambience, oxygen, shade and general serene environment. The “Adopt a Tree” campaign was fully successful having planted 800 trees and with every individual ready to take the baton for a green future.

Written By: Lilian Waka