Umoja Christian Community Integrated Project (UCCIP) was started in the year 2006 and registered in the same year with the department of Social Services Kenya as a Community Based Organisation (CBO) in the Rachuonyo district of Nyanza province. An area with a poverty index of 56% (2008 statistics).
The Umoja mission is to reach out to the grassroots, to empower people and make them masters of their own destiny through capacity building and resource mobilization. To help the people of Kachieng find home-based solutions to the problems of poverty and the consequences of HIV/AIDS across all areas and ranges of the community; to have a healthy community with sustainable financial and food security and to live dignified lives.
Umoja works with 10 community groups and supports 5 nursery/starter schools. The groups include 2 youth groups, 3 widows’ groups, 3 farmers’ groups and 2 groups of people specifically living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). To fulfil the mission, Umoja:
- Trains widows, youths, farmers etc. in business and farming skills.
- Provides nursery education to orphaned, vulnerable and other children.
- Raises funds for the organization and coordinates and delivers resources from supporters.
- Collaborates/ networks with Government departments, CBO's / FBO's / NGO's / Women Groups etc. with the same or similar objectives and missions to facilitate life improvement among the members.
The Umoja work covers all the five sectors of basic human needs:
- Food security (agriculture and livestock)
In early 2014 the Umoja Project was merged with Imani Community Development Organisation, continuing to provide the same level of support.