Women around the world want the power to choose how many children to have – and when. Evidence shows that where women are empowered, there’s a natural fall in birth rate. Yet many women – both in developed countries and in the Global South – lack the contraception, knowledge and freedom to take control of their fertility.
To help tackle this issue, Empower to Plan uses the power of crowdfunding to enable selected grassroots NGOs to deliver family planning projects on the ground. These projects empower women through healthcare and family planning, bringing additional economic and environmental benefits. Here are just a few of the organisations that you have helped to deliver practical and impactful action within their local communities.
KOMB GREEN Solutions
KOMB GREEN Solutions is a people-centred group that was founded in 2017. Located in Korogocho A village, one of seven villages found in the great expanse of one of Kenya’s largest slums, its purpose is to transform the lives of local people through meaningful conservation work, as well as the delivery of family planning services.
The group had previously been successful in clearing solid waste out of Nairobi River and creating a safe and relaxing recreational park alongside it. At the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, the team reached out for emergency support. This crowdfunding project reached its target in record time and was instrumental in enabling KOMB GREEN to purchase protective and sanitary equipment for the community. This included gloves, overalls, the construction of public sinks for handwashing, alongside the distribution of condoms to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions in the region.
Using peer-to-peer training, Dandelion Africa is making a vital difference in remote parts of rural Kenya. The support received from crowdfunding enabled Dandelion Africa to deliver its Boys for Change initiative. Through Boys for Change, Dandelion Africa educates young men and boys about the importance of empowering the women in their lives to plan their families.
Dandelion Africa were able to provide training for twenty young men in the Mogotio region of Kenya, including education about sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, FGM and family planning. Each of these young men will now go on to mentor three boys and they will all implement community action plans in their villages. Your support ensured that men and boys understand the importance of empowering the women in their communities to plan their families, and break the poverty cycle.
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Empower to Plan uses crowdfunding to help grassroots NGOs deliver solutions to their communities. 100% of donations are used to help fund empowering projects. Find out more about the current projects being crowdfunded through Empower to Plan.