Power for the People is a registered UK charity dedicated to enabling access to education, water and sanitation, healthcare, sustainable food security and diversified livelihoods for people living in extreme poverty. We work to end multidimensional poverty and dependence on charity by improving health and literacy, increasing household income, and building resilience and capability.
Innovation and clean technologies are the backbone of our projects. For example:
▪ Solar electricity in kerosene eradication, income generation, education and healthcare;
▪ Sustainable approaches and technologies in crop-, poultry- and fish- farming.
We provide “handshakes not handouts”,
partnering with beneficiary communities to identify their primary needs and
then funding and monitoring delivery of their plan and priorities. Our aim is
to help build healthier, better-skilled, economically-viable communities who
are able to pay for what they need – be that water, food, energy, education or
health care. Their payments build a funding pot that they manage to further
develop and reduce their dependence on external support.
Why we're raising money
Osupukiai Village, Kenya: In 2021 we partnered with the Osupukiai community to drill a borehole, install solarised water pumping and water tanks, and built cattle troughs and a water kiosk. The women of Osupukiai were trained to engage and manage customers and run the compound, giving 520 people access to clean, safe water and increased sanitation, and giving a sustainable income to 52 women, impacting on 240 children. We now want to develop a second phase of our work, to build further sustainable livelihoods. This will include purchasing and installing ghee making equipment, providing training, establishing goat farming and distributing menstrual hygiene kits.
Elong'o School, Kenya: The nearest primary school (10km walk) to the Osupukiai community. Serving 240 pupils, very poor facilities including 8 corrugated iron classrooms with bare floors and 2 overflowing pit latrines. We plan to construct biotoilets and WASH facilities, classrooms and establish poultry, goat and vegetable farming to give the children access to diverse and nutritious food.
Paorinher Centre, Uganda: Our longstanding work with Paorinher has seen us build biotoilets and WASH facilities benefitting over 500 children with HIV and their families, establishing closed loop farming to yeild fresh food and a diverse diet for the children, and establish vocational training for final-year pupils. We have successfully reinvigorated Paorinher Football Academy to facilitate community reconciliation and regeneration. Our next phase of work will see us establishing further closed loop farming, and initiating pilots for lighting, menstrual and sexual health education and access to finance. We also plan to construct a second dormitory, dispensary and further educational facilities.