By Collins Matubwi
Despite efforts by the central government, devolved units and non-governmental organizations in empowering women and the girl child in the society, there is still a big number of women in some parts of the country are yet to be reached.
It is because of this that Barasa Foundation has embraced women empowerment as one of its main pillars.
Through the patronage of FCPA Fernandes Barasa, the foundation has navigated through rough waters to realise the dream of many young women and making life better for the vulnerable women in society.
According to its director, Dr Janet Barasa; a senior lecturer of education at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology(MMUST), the organisation came up with a group of 40 women known as ‘team 40’ across Kakamega County with an aim of identifying women led households and lead the mission of empowering them.
“We’ve many households in the county which are led by women either as widows, single mothers or irresponsible husbands and there is need to help rescue the situation because such women are prone to domestic violence and frustration,” said Dr Janet Barasa.
Until now, the foundation has reached thousands of women led households through community-based women projects, maternity health care, advocacy and charitable support to the very vulnerable women.
Through frequent provision of sanitary pads to school girls the foundation has helped reduce gender-based challenges, which is a big nightmare to many girls. The foundation has also until today invested in community awareness and sensitization programs against gender based violence across Kakamega County.
According to its Patron FCPA Fernandes Barasa who is the current CEO of the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO), Kakamega county just like other county’s has registered many cases of domestic violence, and family depression that requires both short term and long term remedies.
“Women are the source of continuity, strength and live in our homes. They are prone to challenges that needs extra support from both governments, the society and well-wishers. Many have no access to resources that can sail them into responsible parents, leaders and politicians and that’s why the foundation has invested a lot in them.” said Mr Barasa.
He however says that the foundation is objected to changing lives of many in Kakamega County.