from 2013 - 2020: Strategic Plan II: Impact
With the successful completion of our first Strategic Plan I: Foundation, the Board and Dr. Rowley went about the business of formulating the next strategic plan in November 2010. Over the course of two years, it was decided that the next strategic plan would take place over the next seven years - beginning 2013 to 2020. The main priorities would be Agriculture, Education, Hygiene and Extra-Curricular Activities such as music and art. Given the economy and continued financial challenges facing the orphanage, it was decided to focus on only the first three priorities initially.
Strategic Plan II: Impact
Effort will be organized around these three goals:
Project 5: Agriculture. Our goal is to build a reliable farming system by implementing low-cost and low-tech biotechnological interventions such as solar powered pump for irrigation and solar panels for electricity. With these interventions will the orphanage become self-sufficient and independent from aid and serve as a model for agricultural sustainability for other orphanages.
he only solution to Machao's food security crisis is to develop local agriculture, and this food must be grown intelligently and efficiently to compensate for conditions such as climate change, which is the biggest challenge facing Africa.
Project 6: Education. Our goal is to provide our children with new skills and new opportunities that will provide our children with a brighter future inside Kenya.
In these trying times economically, we believe that having access to education must be preserved at all costs, so that these children, who are indeed the next generation of leaders, will have a chance to succeed.
We intend to pump up our Love-A-Child project domestically and globally, with the intention of having all residents of Machao being sponsored.
Project 7: Hygiene. Hygiene in general, girls and hygiene in particular, play a major role in children going to school. We have devised two initiatives to address the issues facing hygiene.
Our first initiative - No Pads, No School - is set out to make sure that there is a sufficient supply of sanitary napkins for all of the girls at Machao at all times. This is a widespread but unacknowledged problem that girls in Africa miss school and stay at home because of menstruation. A study by the Ministry of Education in 2006 showed that out of the estimated 1.5 million menstruating girls who attended public primary and secondary schools at the time, 60 per cent of them or close to 900,000, missed school during their menses. According to UNICEF, one in 10 schoolgirls in Africa either miss classes frequently or drop out completely out of school due to their periods, and they substitute pads or tampons for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, mattress filling, newspaper or bark.
Our second initiative - Hygiene Now - is set out to make sure that all the children have their basic hygiene needs met with the provision of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion, deodorant and toilet paper.