Our Impact

Africa Rabbit Centre has greatly improved the lives of women 
and their families in my community.

Better Education

Currently, ARC financially supports 18 under-privileged students at a local primary school. This support is in terms of school fees payment, buying of stationery and uniform to ensure they are comfortable and able to stay in school. The support has improved the students’ class performance as they no longer miss classes as a result of being sent home for school fees.

Sofia Township Primary School
Through ARC, Sofia Township Primary School was founded. This school is located in Sofia slum in Butere, Western Kenya. The school is home to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and children affected by extreme poverty, school drop- out and child labour. The slum is home to 200,000 people majority of who languish in grinding poverty. The slum is also faced with unemployment, lack of adequate schools for kids and lack of proper roads.

Complex factors bar children from education in Sofia Slum. These are: Extreme poverty, homelessness, absentee parents, orphans, child labour and dysfunctional families. ARC understands what it takes and helps to bring solutions to these problems through supporting needy children who enrol in school to stay, complete their education and succeed in life. Below are our school motto, mission, vision and goal:

Motto
Through hardships to the stars.
Goal
To provide quality education to all learners regardless of their family or health background.
Mission
To support needy children who enroll in school to stay, complete their education and prosper in life.
Vision
Mold slum children into world icons through education.

Sofia Township Primary School is the only school in Sofia slum. Most schools found outside the slum are expensive thus not affordable to most slum parents who dwell in poverty. We support and educate these children to meet their special needs and bring joy to them and their families. The school has 403 children, 170 of these children are jigger infected and 100 are orphans.

We teach the Kenyan education system of 8-4-4 where the students are taught Maths, English, Kiswahili, Science, Social Studies and Christian Religious Education. We have classes from baby class to class (grade) six. Our children are aged between 5 and 13 years old. A feeding program has been established where the students eat break and lunch at school. This saves them the time they would have spent walking to and fro home during lunch, enables them not to study on a hungry stomach and provides a meal to those otherwise, would have slept hungry. Most of the parents are farmers so it is easier for them to pay school fees in terms of their farm produce since money is a scarce commodity to them.

Food Security

A decrease in food production among many rural farmers in Western Kenya has been caused by the use of out-dated farming methods and also use of inadequate farm inputs such as fertilizers and insecticides. Most of these farm inputs are expensive yet most of the farmers are poor. To resolve this, ARC is promoting organic farming not only to increase production but also to produce healthier foods. From the rabbit sales, ARC buys maize and traditional vegetable seeds that are grown on the women’s farms for subsistence. On the farm, we use rabbit droppings as organic manure and rabbit urine as a direct organic insecticide and fertilizer. Since we began we have harvested 600 bags of maize. This has helped to solve the problem of food shortage among the women’s families.

Poverty Reducation

ARC has been able to generate enough funds to cover all the costs incurred at implementation. As a result, a revolving fund has been established from where additional rabbit farmers and women can borrow for starting up rabbit farming. The loan is paid within a period of 6 to 12 months. These micro- business loans have also enabled the women to venture into small businesses like selling of fish and fruits to create a sustainable source of income for them. So far 15 women have benefited from this.

Employment Creation

Africa Rabbit Centre (ARC) is a cooperative organization that established rabbit farming to help poor rural women attain financial sustainability and pay for their children’s educational needs.  ARC was founded in 2009 by Laetitia Mukungu mainly to promote women empowerment and education of the under-privileged children in her community. The organization currently has 15 women from Bukura.  ARC trains local women in rabbit farming and support them start their own micro-rabbit farms. We raise and sell live rabbits to restaurants and other rabbit suppliers in Kenya. The different breeds we have include New Zealand White and Californian White. We have a central rabbit farm where we produce around 150 rabbits annually.

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