Glory Health and Nature Organization is a Kisumu based Kenyan development organization whose main objective is to “enhance capacity of the youth on income generation through promoting sustainable natural resource management and other job specific skills in both formal and informal sectors. The organization was registered in the year 2013 as a national Non-governmental organization focussing on local enterprise development and Environmental sustainability . The organization is dedicated to improving human living conditions by offering tailor made training, strategic advice and technical assistance as well as implementing social development programmes in resource poor settings.
The specific objectives of GHENO include;
i. To promote awareness and utilization of reproductive health services through promotion of advocating for use of contraceptives especially among the youth and adolescents.
ii. To promote youth engagement in income generation through training and mentoring of youth groups on Agri-business and table banking strategies.
iii. To promote environmental conservation practices among the youth through training and sensitiziation on use of renewable energy technologies especially the solar lighting and energy saving jikos
iv. To strengthen the capacity of youth groups to actively participate in local development through training on basic participatory advocacy skills including; selection of advocacy issues, formulation and delivery and advocacy messages and monitoring advocacy processes
In response to the escalating rate of youth unemployment in Kenya, GHENO established the County Concrete and Steel ltd in the year 2015 where disadvantaged youth are trained on informal vocational courses including; building and construction, brick making, masonry, plant mechanics . motor vehicle mechanics and general fittings.
A world where all people are economically productive, in good health and live in a clean environment .
Mission:- To offer quality support to the youth, government, Civil Society Organizations, private sector and international development partners; that enable young people to effectively respond towards emerging socio-economic, health and environmental challenges.
3. GHENO Core Values
GHENO is guided by the following set of values and principles:
o Integrity and honesty
o Team work
o Timeliness and quality delivery
o Respect for client confidentiality
o Adherence to intellectual property rights
Things I Can Do
i. Health services and advocacy
GHENO works with Kenyan communities through the county governments’ department of health to promote positive behavior and improved health seeking practices. These covers Reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health
In partnership with Pathfinder International, GHENO has been implementing a reproductive health program targeting girls between 14 and 24 years of age in Kisumu, Siaya, Migori and Homabay counties through sensitization, Behavior change communication and advocacy. A total of 12,000 girls have been reached in the last 3 years.
The organizations works with Community health volunteers (CHVs) and private health facilities in social franchises to offer Post Abortion Care (PAC) counselling and referral. PAC services goes beyond adolescents to target larger general population of Women of reproductive health. Our clinical team of health care providers comprising clinical officers and Nurses provide technical assistance and training, coaching and mentorship to health providers in the private sectors.
Reproductive health services also include marketing family planning commodities and community outreach services to increase Contraception prevalence rate (CPR). We have also adopted an integration of services model to provide wholesome services, these cover Family planning, cervical cancer screening and treatment for positive lesions
These services are run in partnership with other organizations and the Ministry of health. The focus is on prevention, access to services and capacity improvement. GHENO is accredited by NASCOP to train HIV Testing Services (HTS) Counsellors. The organization organizes the two weeks course to diploma holders with health related prior training or community development.
GHENO also do Social Behavior Change interventions, communication and advocacy within the counties. Promotion of correct and consistent condom use and promotion through social marketing of condoms and distribution of free GoK condoms.
GHENO works in partnership with other NGOs within Migori and Kisumu counties to promote net use and promotion of mosquito repellant soaps and indoor residual spray (IRS). Our focus is to enhance good practices as outlined in the Kenya malaria strategy. We work through community units to champion net hanging skills, community case management and social marketing of nets and repellant soaps.
Below: GHENO at a past World AIDS Day event in Kisumu and youths undergoing HIV counselling training
i. Environmental conservation
In partnership with Population Services Kenya, Global Alliance for Clean Cooking and Micro Energy Credits, GHENO has been promoting environmental conservation through enhancing the capacity of youth groups in Kisumu and Migori Counties on use of clean cook stoves that conserve energy. The selected youth groups are trained on climate change and income generation through natural resource management. Committed youths are then supported with initial capital and linked to dealers of clean cooking stoves from where they order and sell the stoves to prospective clients.
Below: Demonstration plot of eucalyptus trees and right, a family being trained on how to use improved cook stove
ii. Youth Empowerment
Through County Concrete and Steel ltd, GHENO selects, admits and trains disadvantaged youths on job specific skills including; building and construction, brick making, masonry, plant mechanics, motor vehicle mechanics and general fittings. A total of 55 youth (15 female and 40 males) have so far benefitted from this project with 9 of them successfully linked to informal employers. GHENO is currently in discussions with the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) Kisumu office on how the trainees can be supported to obtain the relevant certification.
Below: Irrigated farm managed by widows and youths, and right, youths attached at GHENO facility to learn practical skills for job placement)