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THE

FORD FAMILY PROGRAM


The Ford Program promotes a holistic model for human development. Through partnerships with local institutions, Ford is able to work with local leadership and promote community engagement. Ford Family aims to integrate lessons from research into the design and implementation of innovative and sustainable solutions. Ultimately, these solutions expand opportunities for people burdened by poverty and empower local communities.
Kenya Development Advisory Team Ashley Scott Sarah Dawson Jack Shadid Adele Bruggeman

The Ford Family Program


In Human Development Studies and Solidarity Kellogg Institute for International Studies

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: The Cornerstone of Sustainable Development THE FORD FAMILY PROGRAM PARTNERSHIP WITH HOLY CROSS PARISH IN DANDORA, KENYA

University of Notre Dame Ph 574.631.6580 Fx 574.631.6717 130 Hesburgh Center Notre Dame, IN 46556 http://kellogg.nd.edu/ford/

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DANDORA, KENYA: An Urban Slum


Dandora is an eastern suburb of Kenyas capitol city of Nairobi. The community struggles to access basic services; including running water, electricity, sanitation maintenance, health care, access to schools, and transportation services. The large, solid waste dump site has become an extreme health hazard to the 200,000 people living in Dandora. The dump site also contributes largely to corruption, crime, and violence. The community suffers from extreme poverty, pollution, disease, lack of education and social injustice. The Ford Family Program is partnering with the Holy Cross Parish to address the many issues in Dandora. The Ford Family plans to accompany the Parish and community leaders as they design, plan, construct and implement a maternal health ward as an expansion of the current health clinic. This expansion will provide a local center for women to receive pre/postnatal care and assistance with labor and delivery. The Ford Family Program believes in utilizing community engagement to empower and promote development in areas challenged with poverty. Through listening and learning, communities will reflect, identify problems, and develop their own strategies for development. Local leadership will drive project planning and implementation, with community ownership as the cornerstone for sustainability.

Through the process of community

MOVING FORWARD

engagement, The Ford Family has worked with Holy Cross Parish and community leaders to identify the needs of the community. Local leadership then made the decision to implement Civic Education, Youth Radio, and Maternal Health Clinic.

The Ford Family Program aims to build solidarity, alleviate human suffering, and make a positive, measurable, and sustainable difference in peoples lives.