Partners for change

Our Programmes

Our programmes encompass all the issues that we wish to address in Kenya and Tanzania. We aim to improve household income, nutrition, health and sanitation, education and unemployment. Our model and approach to these issues is trusted by the community. That's why we are successfully changing lives. We conduct research, listen to peoples' own ideas and then work together to make these ideas a reality.

The Mango Tree is well established in the communities where we have been working since 2003 to the present day. We conduct research which informs our work.


Food security and household income 

There is an over reliance on single-crop production and a lack of diversity into other livelihoods reducing household resilience, food security and income levels.

  • Only 2.7% of families have their own fruit and vegetable gardens.

  • 38% of rural families in Rachuonyo District keep cows to benefit from the sale of milk.

  • Only 4.8% of rural small holders claimed to grow field crops as a source of household income.

  • 80% of farmers lack additional agricultural inputs such as fertiliser or new seed varieties due poor access and unaffordability.

  • 75% of school children have no food for breakfast


Health & WASH issues

Government HIV testing outreach is poor, there is no standardised policy of sexual health education in schools and there is a lack of provision of adequate water and toilet facilities, school absence from illness and menstruation is common.

  • 62% of primary schools have no on site water and are deficient by over 150 girls’ toilets.

  • 61% of young people claim to use no form of contraception.

  • 31% of people tested by TMT in Kenya were HIV+.

  • 48% malaria prevalence in Rachuonyo District.

  • 65% of rural families rely on unboiled river water.


Education

Academic performance, enrolment and school attendance is low, especially with girls. The biggest barriers for girls at school are lack of sanitary towels, no private toilets, domestic responsibilities and lack of parental support

  • 67% of Kenyan school children share a desk with another child.

  • Teacher-pupil ratios in many schools are as high as 1:60.

  • 60% of primary school pupils fail to get sufficient grades to get into secondary school.

  • One in 5 girls drop out of school before completing secondary education.

  • 60% of students sitting their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations end up scoring below 49% (C-) reducing their chance of getting a vacancy in higher education.


Adult education and unemployment

  • 21.5% of OVC guardians we interviewed engage in unsustainable casual or hazardous labour activities.

  • 53% had either, incomplete or no primary education, 62% had no secondary education.

  • 40% unemployment rate.


Environmental issues linked to unemployment

  • Sand mining and firewood selling/ charcoal burning are common forms of part-time labour for unemployed people in Rachuonyo District

  • Sand mining results in soil erosion, deforestation, flooding, degraded water and loss of bio-diversity.

  • Water hyacinth growth in Lake Victoria has led to a substantial decline in Tilapia fishing.

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