Project information

Oboch Community Resource Centre

To build a community centre to expand the activities of the Siatok Widows and Orphans Group, house a bigger library and an IT suite for Innis School that can be used by the whole community outside school hours, a training room, community gathering space and a kitchen that can provide school meals.

6 months

Charity information

Zest For Life

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  • Need


    The Siatok group need more space to deliver training, outreach and to increase the number of orphans they can feed during the day. At Innis School we installed small library facility as a pilot project and this was so successful that we have been asked to provide more books and help to build a new library to house them. Putting the two projects together will create a community learning centre that will be of benefit to people of all ages in this very remote, rural village.


    Our project will solve the problem the Siatok group have of too little room to feed all of the orphans together, of having limited space to deliver training and outreach services to the community and of having few resources to support widows and orphans living in close proximity to the centre. Building the library will make a difference to the school as the children will have access to a greater range of books for home study and the teachers will be able to access professional training online.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build a community centre and library building that will be run as a Social Enterprise i


    » Secure a piece of land
    » Fund the construction of a kitchen and central building of sufficient size and scope to satisfy the needs of the school and community.

    A completed building on land adjacent to the school that is well used by the community, staff and students

    Aim 2

    Create a resource and learning centre open to all


    » Fit out the kitchen to provide meals and training, fit out the resource centre with an IT suite and resources for learning and training
    » Work with health, business and learning providers to deliver training and outreach from the centre

    Facilitate community learning, increase access to education opportunity, improve examination scores and improve attendance rates at the school

  • Impact


    The project will offer children at the school the opportunity to study at home using a range of books and resources. It will give children, teachers and villagers the opportunity to access IT in their own community as they currently have to walk up to 5km to use a cyber cafe. Success will be the number of people developing IT skills, number of outreach sessions delivered in health, small business set up and IT, numbers of students improving examination score and numbers of teachers trained.


    The main risk was security of tenure for the site originally proposed for this project. We have dealt with this by looking at an alternative site owned by the AIC Church; by working in partnership we have been offered a no cost lease. Fundraising for the whole project remains our biggest challenge.


    We use newsletters, our website (, Facebook (zestforlife) and Twitter (@oczestforlife) to pass on news of our work and our successes. Donors can also request project reports or a copy of our annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £59,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £33,000 Building Construction costs
      £6,000 Water tank Installation of tank & equipment
      £10,000 Kitchen Construction & fitting out
      £10,000 Fitting out Community Centre, IT, Library

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Foundation £10,000 Conditional
    Donations £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Kawere village is located in Upper Nyakach District, a remote rural area of west Kenya. The village is spread across the top of the Sondu plateau; the nearest tarmac road is 15km away.


    Most of those living in the District are poor subsistence farmers who only rarely have surplus crops to sell. Many struggle to keep their children in school as they cannot afford the minimum requirements to ensure attendance e.g. uniforms. Single parent families are common and often the surviving parent (usually the mother) is HIV positive.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working with the community on a range of projects for 6 years. We know the area and the needs of the community well and have worked closely with the school and community leaders to raise funds for projects that we know have made a significant difference to quality of life and education opportunity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Karen Jones

    Our chairman and driving force, Karen is an experienced community projects manager, fundraiser and is wholly committed to seeing the project delivered

    Consolata Muga

    Retired Teacher, Chairman of SIATOK Widows and Orphans Group, Community Resource Centre Committee Treasurer, school governor.

I will use the centre to learn new skills, reading & writing & to attend health clinics, it will give me chance to do these things in my own community

Azenath Muga