On the “supply-side” of assistance, Watu Kwa Watu’s main partner, continues to be African Children Haven (ACH), of Galveston, Texas, USA, with which we have signed in 2015 a Memorandum of Understanding. Within the framework of that agreement, Watu Kwa Watu advises ACH regarding recipients’ needs, and advises the recipients about the best ways to use the received funds. Watu Kwa Watu also monitors and reports the progress and outcomes of the funded projects and facilitates/hosts the ACH visits to Kenya. ACH is also presently a convenient channel for contributions to Watu Kwa Watu Charitable Trust, for which it is issuing formal receipts recognized by the USA IRS. There were, however, no contributions through that channel in 2016.
Watu Kwa Watu’s other important supply side partners are Community Concerns Committee of the CIC (Catholic International Community) Nairobi (funding the lunch feeding program for Starkid); T4H Nairobi, (deworming and other assistance) and Karuna Trust Nairobi (assisting with supply of food for St. Philips in 2016, Starkid, Overseers and St Judah).
A new partner is a German NGO “People Make Maendeleo”, which has assisted Starkid and St Philips’ girls with sets of reusable sanitary napkins and the instruction to teachers about their use (so that the teachers can, in turn, instruct the girls. “People Make Maendeleo” was also intensively collaborating with us in trying to resolve the issues in collaboration of St Philips’ School with its main sponsors.