“Sustainable development is a phrase that simply means acquiring resources that can maintain the current people and the consequent generations. According to intellectuals sustainable development is a gradual growth both socially and economically that aims at benefitting the people through the natural resources available, at the same time causing minimal pollution to the surroundings. Therefore a project is established to provide goods and services to the people in that society. On the other hand, the project initiators gain financially in return. This project may start operating with few people but after successful expansion, more people will get employment and hence more people will make a living out of it. Therefore sustainable development aims at eradication poverty in the society and at the same time causing minimal pollution to the environment. In the long run if people can meet their needs, they coexist peacefully in the society.
Sustainable development starts with making use of the available resources and getting to understand that you will never have enough resources to start your project.
Kenya being among the developing countries needs to come up with policies that aim at achieving sustainable development. The key factors include; generating realistic ideas and setting realistic goals, having convincing powers to the donors. Sharing your ideas is important in that you will get to know if your idea is sound or unsound. Also through this you may get alternative means of initiating the same idea in an easy manner. Sometimes sharing ideas may provide and avenue for partnership and this can make your project successful.
Before anyone thinks of a project, one should identify a need or a gap in the society. From there and individual takes the risk of initiating the project. Since a project takes time to be established, one has to have patience as people in the society embrace your idea. This is important because one is aiming to serve the society at large and not acquiring wealth.
The quality of education offered should encourage students to become entrepreneurs and not just depend on employment. This goes hand in hand with passion. Passion brings about self-motivation to pursue your idea, despite the challenges incurred. Currently most people are making a living through craft skills. In most cases people do not need to be in a class to know them but ones someone is educated, he or she is able to initiate the project and with time an industry will be established and hence people will get employment opportunities.
However there are challenges facing sustainable development. Among them are; the quality of education that makes students to rely on employment especially the white collar jobs. The education system therefore should be tailored in such a manner that people can be trained to come up with ideas. This will ease the problem of unemployment.
Generating ideas for ones´ own selfish gains that is to become wealthy than other people in the society demoralizes sustainable development. We should always aim at serving the community.”
Thank you Sarah for both research and adding your personal touch, analysis and vision, PH
It´s Christmas time. La Unica Child Care Centre has evolved into becoming a real school with recognition from the state of Kenya. the students have good results and many families are involved in helping out as teachers, nightguards and Catherine as principal and David as director. All need encouragement. The teachers find encouragement in good student results. tokens of appreciation at christmas are appropriate. Take a good look at these pictures and faces. What is life but to serve one another. We must carry beauty with us or we find it not, someone said, but I say. Serve and live, live through service. David and Catherine have shown me that principle in their service for their fellow being. Im proud to be their friend. Are you a friend of them, a neighbor, a fellow being?
These teaching materials Catherine and friends have produced for the school. I find them very positive and useful. What do you think?
Yesterday I went to Östermalmskyrkan in Kristianstad and gave a report on the development fund they started last year. All money invested is paid back from mikroloans and the fund will be used again.
I have been thinking on splitting the UBUNTU fund into two separate. One solely for development through and at La Unica Child Care Centre and one soley on individual education. The development fund is having a stability now and there are questionsmarks on individual families ability to have their children up through high school. Up till now, Everlyne, Sarah, Theresiah, Rita and Rose have all gone through High school with support from sponsors.
Sponsors have helped Sarah up through University even, and she has one year remaining before graduating as a microbiologist, her dream come through. She is excellent in her studies and will be able to pay it forward as she gets a job. Exceptional students with no means from family to manage to pay for education above 13 yrs old, always need sponsors. The bridge is built, Let me know where your sponsormoney should go to. Development fund or education fund? Type “dev_ken” or “edu_ken” when you transfer, then I know. Same account number as before, se below image (sparbanken 1826, Kristianstad, Sweden)
Föräldrar till en del av barnen på följande förskolor har skänkt ek. medel till La Unica:
Källesjö Förskola, Ystad; 240 kr.
Säbyholm Montessoriförskola, Landskrona; 360 kr.
Skanör Falsterbo Montessoriförskola, Skanör; 277,50 kr.
Förskolan Blåsippan, Stockholm; 127,50 kr.
Stora Hammars Förskola, Höllviken; 330 kr.
Totalt 1335 kr är idag överförda till La Unica´s konto!
Det är härligt när en bro mellan familjer som hjälper andra familjer. Varje krona kommer fram! En bordslampa, med LED och solceller kostar idag 180 SEK, UBUNTU fonden ger möjlighet för familjerna i Kenya att köpa till grossistpris, storpack, och med mikrolån. Nu i nästa steg diskuteras gascookers eller större solcellslampor med UBUNTU fonden som bas. De 120 lampor som inköptes i December 2012 är nu helt betalda, 16000 SEK, fonden är återställd och nedan banksaldo kan adderas för att åstadkomma nya underverk. Hållbar utveckling, vad är det? Jo standardhöjning för familjer, med glokala resurser och hänsyn till miljö, ekonomi och sociala faktorer. Återkommer på bloggen under hösten med nyheter/update.
STORT TACK till alla familjer och SingKids Scandinavia, La Unica genom Hans
It’s a long time since we updated you in Email but God is good because he has given us today we communicated. About my family they are okay now preparing to resume at school on Tuesday. For the group they are still cultivating for short rains. Otherwise, I know I had inconvenienced you but this is the report.
I have scanned the pages with the outstanding balances and also the payment pages.
Attached find copies of our last trip of our students with full track suit. ” /Principal C. Mwaura
To me (Pappa Hans) as a teacher and a father I value the vision of these leaders, who take these children to real workplaces, to broaden their aims and thoughts of the importance of education…. so that they can become…. Mother, father, give me education…..
Pay it forward principle combined with microloans works!
Then add Solarlamps, LED technology, La Unicas local network as a local village school centre, global ordering-shipping, eager families to get devolopment, volonteers that help, honesty and good will to all, then you have a reciepe that is worth using continually.
As for myself during last half year, I have rested. Rested from work and also in the good knowledge of that the Fund set up by Östermalmskyrkan in Kristianstad late 2012 is functioning properly, the families are paying back their mikroloans and the fund can be used again for further family investments. La Unica uses its local network in collecting the mikroloans, and the fund is this way revolving.
Roberto Sjödin asked me today about the work at La Unica, progress and so forth. I will text + call (phone) La Unica leaders, and write an update on the blogg soon. I think it will be nice to report on both figures and system.
They are welcoming you with love and friendship.All sponsorship will 100% reach La Unica Child care centre, benefitting over 200 children. Happy days are here again!
Happy New Year and bravo to all your family. Say hi to Elsa and the whole from David & Catherine.
Since last year you have been a great family friend unto us and may our heavenly father double your loving spirit and reward you twice. Everything here is ok and none is sick better good health than money.
A lot God has done for us up to date i.e. Baby Wambui’s wheel chair sited and now back to school, certificate of our centre in community based organization with various definitions, clearance of Oksa Micro loan is now through and still waiting for more from our creator. Sorry for your illness, hoping you have recovered, no more stress at this winter.
For solar lamps not yet gone in whole but still in the process of supply and still pay in installments.
Taken care of all this, now that we have just resumed from December holidays we have great ideas and no more stress. Future plan in our minds combined. May this be of not our interest but for our vision.
Gerald and Andrew now back to their institution for further studies, purity and charity promoted to upper levels. Women group preparation for next season at land?
How Elsa doing in Sweden? Again and again receive our thanks for Christmas gifts.
Pass our regards to all and church members who felt concerned for La’unica centre. May our God bless them wholesomely.
Read Philippians 4:19.. from David & Catherine… women group La’unica, staff and families.
From the word go, goodbye you are appreciated effort to the group. Be blessed and may God multiply your love. Loan covered what next. Do we send it. If yes.. how do you want it?
At thanksgiving friends to Strandberg family announced they were goin on safari in Kenya for Christmas. We agreed on us preparing and them bringing a suitcase with gifts for christmas. My mind was full with health recovery desire and half time work, so no room for more during the semester. As Christmas got closer, semester ended. Elsa started to plan for the suitcase and I tagged along, With her help, It became real. Paul went with a Mutatu friend and picked our friends up at the airport, drove them to their hotel. Paul took the suitcase to David and Catherine at La Unica Christmas eve. Same day Robert and Paul met at Pauls and finally Paul relaxed. Mission accomplished. He has always provided good service for others, actually his deeds that got me on the track of trying to do something for families on this other continent. Some people have told me to give it up, others encouraged. I know I cant do all, just something. I do not engage in new projects, considering my health, but do something.
Funds to be governed wisely.
– UBUNTU fund is established for Solar-microloan-development at La Unica. Fund is setup by Östermalmskyrkan in Kristianstad.
– Sarah Ombati is halfway through university becoming a microbiologist, she now has government studyloans for the fees, but for upkeep/food and living some sponsorship still is required as unemployment in family remains.
My summary for the future is that La Unica families lay in the hands of themselves, UBUNTU fund is help for selfhelp and so is Sarahs.
The fishing rod here, is cutting long term costs on lighting and constructing hope through education.
Many thankful hearts and emotions flow through a textmessage from Catherine, that all lamps are delivered and corrections will start on monday. “Corrections” in their english means mortgage payments. Oncethe microloans are paid, the ubuntu fund will be full again and can be used for further development. Many thanks and hope of blessing for all involved, from atherine, representing Mai Ini women group at La Unica, Kenya
We are all happy for Östermalmskyrkan in Kristianstad, Sweden, that made this fund possible through socially investing 15000 SEK, paying invoice of 120 Solarlamps and thereby establishing the micro loand Ubuntu development fund. What is also is important is that the principle of “pay it forward” includes trust and faith. Christ showed faith in people who approached him. What we do unto eachother, is done unto him. Thank you all!