The Poor Philanthropists is a Community Based Organization in Kenya’s second largest informal settlement -Mathare. We are Horizontal Philanthropists-Our approach to women and girl's rights issues, development and environmental protection and sustainability is participatory. Thus, we do not sit on top of vertical relations to determine solution, rather engage the community in creating solutions. As Intersectional Feminists, we address various social identities and how they overlap to create discrimination and oppression to women and girls. We believe “Mkono moja uosha mwingine”, loosely translated to “one hand washes the other.” We work with support from donors, government agencies, corporates and individuals.
No Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issue is too small or too big to be left uncovered. We know the impact of one issue results to negative ripple effects in every aspect of women and girls lives.
We commit to alleviate the chances of violence in collaboration with response and recovery institutions, create awareness/advocate and lobby against different forms of violence, community sensitization on media including social media, arts, trainings. We cannot look at economic empowerment initiatives as a shield against poverty that is a risk factor for gender based violence and inequality.
Inaccessible clean adequate water and proper sanitation continue to disproportionately affect communities in Mathare and its environs. At least 15 people are treated of cholera every day, while 200 people are infected with typhoid. Women and girls bear the brunt burden of collecting water as well as managing it for domestic use.
Create a legacy of long-term and recurring benefits objected against feminized poverty resulting from overlapping social identities by advocating for the rights of women and girls.
An open door to accessibility, opportunities and privileges particularly to those in dire need.