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Starting today, every Monday on this blog we’ll be taking a look at some of some of the charities we’ve previously featured on the Love+Water website!
This week we’re going to focus on Kageno. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because it was the featured shirt for our Holiday Countdown discount last week!
The word “Kageno” means “A Place of Hope” in a Kenyan dialect; the goal of the Kageno organization is to transform impoverished African communities so that they can thrive and sustain themselves through education, healthcare, sanitation, and income generation. Member of Kageno work with local leaders to build schools, pharmacies, and community centers with training programs, learning tools, and internet access. They also specifically target villages that suffer from AIDS and genocide aftermath, as well as a host of other problems such as limited access to clean water and resources.
Currently Kageno has programs based Rusinga Island and Mfangano in Western Kenya, and in Banda Village, Rwanda, and they are looking to expand! Since their inception in 2003, they have created 600 local jobs, founded nursery schools, planted thousands of trees, and have opened up clean water filtering stations and health facilities. They also work to provide orphans of HIV and AIDS with the proper medical care, education, and attention that they need.
To find out more about Kageno, you can check out their website here. And remember, when you buy our t-shirt “A Place of Hope,” part of the money you spend goes to helping Kageno continue on with their cause!