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Transforming Lives

Forum participants discuss xenophobia and its effects on their community.

Ramadan Otieno has seen his community divided by the effects of xenophobia. In an area where ingrained fears and false perceptions of ethnic groups create a great divide, al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization, has taken advantage of the situation, exploiting locals’ lack of knowledge to incite violence.

“Dr. Nduku Kilonzo, manager of an NGO for women’s health and HIV services in Kenya, has been a lifelong supporter for improving

As a teacher in rural Kenya, Dr. Nduku Kilonzo never thought she would become involved in women's health, gender issues, and HIV. However, it was during her time as an educator in the 1990s when she began to realize disparities that threatened the health and well-being of her female students.

Luki Muia, of Machakos, Kenya, once had barely enough milk to sustain herself and her family.

Luki Muia of Machakos, Kenya, used to keep eight cows that gave barely enough milk for her and her five children, with no surplus to sell. Now, she says efforts by a USAID public-private partnership have given her a clear road map out of the poverty that had always been part of her life.

Diff Maternity Ward -- built by the community of Diff brought together cross-border clans along the Kenya/Somalia border.

For years, banditry, arms smuggling, and a crisis of national identity have prevented members of the same Ogaden clan from reaching peace along the Kenya/Somalia border, but residents on both sides are now taking the first steps towards collaboration.

Kapsasian Rock Catchment gathers natural rain water into a 50,000 liter cement tank for the local community.

The people of Kapsasian community, near Kenya’s renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve no longer have to walk miles in search of water thanks to a USAID/East Africa project that uses a giant rock to capture rain water.

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Last updated: April 15, 2014

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