Power of Hope Kibera’s (POHK) mission is to reduce diarrheal disease and mortality among children under five years of age through micro-enterprise solutions that also empower women.
History & Accomplishments to Date
Local Inception of Power of Hope Kibera (POHK) (2005)
Three siblings from Kibera wanted to initiate change in their community. The group focused on promoting safe reproductive health, ending gender-based violence, creating safe communities and hygiene promotion. In 2009, POHK became a registered Community-Based Organization in Kenya.
University of Denver and POHK collected community-level surveys annually from 2009-2013. In 2010, formative focus group research was conducted to learn about attitudes and practices around handwashing with soap and water treatment in the community. In 2010, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and 100 community health workers, a participatory train-the-trainer pilot program was implemented to increase positive hygiene behaviors. In 2011, a soap-selling feasibility study was also conducted. (US Team in-country trips: June-August 2009; June-August 2010; June-August 2011; June-August 2012)
Power of Hope Kibera Established in the U.S. (2012-2013)
In November 2012, a headquarters was established in Boulder, CO and Kelly Fenson-Hood (who was previously affiliated with University of Denver) was named the Executive Director. In November 2013, non-profit status was established through fiscal sponsorship with Futurity Foundation.
Power of Soap Program Development (2013)
Based on the research and feasibility studies conducted in between 2009-2011, Fenson-Hood developed the Power of Soap program model. In July 2013, DU officially transferred all hygiene projects to POHK. In August 2013, the POHK Supply Shop opened in the Silanga Village of Kibera. (US Team in-country trip: June – August 2013)
Power of Soap Program Pilot (2014)
An Indiegogo campaign raised $3,000 in three weeks to fund the micro-enterprise launch in Silanga (February 2014). POHK received a $9,000 grant from Toilet Hackers to fund the Handwashing Intervention launch and evaluation, which took place between September and October 2014. (US Team in-country trips: January-February 2014; July-September 2014)
Evaluation | Publication | Scale-Up Planning (2015)
Between January and June 2015, The Handwashing Intervention data was analyzed and submitted for publication. In April 2015, POHK received the Outstanding Research Award at the D.C. Health Communication Conference. The scale-up business plan and financial model were drafted and POHK is currently fundraising for program scale up, which is planned to start in 2016.
Future Planned Activities (2016-2022)
Extend project to one village per year from 2016 through 2020. (US Team trips planned: January-April, annually). The program expected to be financially self-sustaining (2020)