Thank you for joining us last night at Guastavino's. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to meet fellow Kageno supporters and learn more about recent happenings at our projects.
Kageno faces new challenges each year. Over the past ten years, our organization has had tremendous success developing self-sustaining community directed programs in education, health, income generating opportunities and conservation. Having had a chance to hear about the next phases of our ongoing work and the important role that Kageno plays in Rwanda and Kenya, we hope we can count on you to make a donation.
Kageno's MISSION is to transform impoverished communities into places of opportunity and hope – through the development of self-sustaining community directed programs in Education, Health, Ventures (Income Generation), and Environment. We believe it is essential to sustainable development to work with the community rather than giving simple aid or handouts.
Kageno identifies ravaged communities suffering from impoverishment, AIDS, genocide and limited access to healthcare, clean water, and education. Working with local leaders to identify needs, we help villages build schools, health centers, pharmacies, and sanitation and clean water systems and develop programs to help them protect their fragile environments. We then build community centers with learning tools and internet access, identify training programs that support our efforts to build local economies. For example, on Rusinga Island in Kenya, we taught women crafts-making skills and distributed microloans to replace prostitution. In Banda Village, Rwanda, we are in the process of building an eco-lodge for tourists that will be staffed by individuals from the community which support many of our other initiatives.
Through the generous support of our donors, our Rusinga Island project has experienced significant improvements in health, nutrition, education, and income generation. Many of our programs have reached a place of self sustainability, and we are in the process of transitioning control of these programs to the community. We will continue to support the few programs that have continuing need.
Moving forward we are focusing our efforts in developing the Kageno project in Banda Village, Rwanda. By supporting Kageno, you directly affect the lives of people living in these communities, giving them hope and opportunity. Kageno's interventions give the community the ability to develop skills and start new businesses, create jobs, invest in their environment, control the spread of infectious diseases and ultimately live better, healthier lives.
We are hopeful that you will continue to support our efforts in helping impoverished communities become places of opportunity and hope. As always, thank you for your support and kindness.