for socio-cultural change & economic prosperity through building the link between spiritual and scientific knowledge:
i. Managing madaris and adult education classes
iv. scholarships through to university (600 students to date)
ii. managing 15 pre-primary schools in rural areas (over 1,000 pupils and 30 ECDE qualified teachers)
iii. posting IRE teachers in public primary schools
v. online learning and use of IT from nursery school onwards
Economic Upliftment & Entrepreneurship Support
for self-reliance and human dignity through:
i. Microfinance loans to women groups: so far support provided to 9 groups with 89 women members
ii. Microfinance loans to individuals: esp. youths for enterprise development
iii. Live goat scheme: Distribution of live goats for rearing, milk production and supplementing family income (5,000 plus goats distributed)
iv. Tailoring classes: Skills training for young women with follow up entrepreneurial start-up support (6 schools and over 250 students). In addition to clothing, the tailoring schools produce re-usable sanitary pads for distribution to school girls (3,000 girls benefited to date)
Water and Sanitation
Given the scarcity of rainfall, lack of access to clean drinking water and high salinity of water where available, Bilal Kenya has drilled deep boreholes and set up 10 solar powered water desalination plants in the rural centres producing up to 2,000 litres of potable water per hour.
The economic mainstay of the rural communities we serve is rainfed small scale agriculture. Bilal Kenya established an Agricultural Resources Development Unit where in-house agronomists set up demonstration farms to train on organic and ecological farming methods to promote productivity and profitability, food security, improved livelihoods, and economic self-reliance away from food handouts. Projects include:
i. Vegetable farming: showcasing various sustainable modern farming methods to the local community through vegetable demonstration gardens in the Centre (9 Demo Gardens).
ii. Children agricultural projects: setting up small vegetable projects managed by school children introduced soon after schools’ closure due to Covid-19.
iii.Poultry farming: train locals on sustainable methods of rearing poultry in terms of breeds, maintenance, feeding program.
iv.Urban farming: targeting peri-urban poverty settlement residents to promote food security for the poor in the cities.
v. Bee keeping: Four (4) bee keeping projects initiated to train locals. Ideal income opportunities for small-scale and resource-poor farmers.
vi. Agricultural Seed Banks: providing quality seeds to farmers for planting to boost outputs and promote food security especially in the drought stricken centres.
vii Biogas project: Uses locally available natural wastes such as cow dung and some kitchen waste to produce biogas energy and liquid fertilizer for agricultural.
viii. Tree planting: Reforestation and ground water conservation. Goal to plant 124,000 tree and fruit seedlings around Bilal Kenya centres, schools, public places and places of worship. Startup with six (6) tree nurseries with 10,000 seedlings.
ix. Entrepreneurial Loans and grants: Individual loans to rural staff and Bilal Centre communities. Types of businesses supported: poultry, agricultural implements, ‘Posho’ (maize & rice) mills, motorbikes, goat rearing, irrigation drip kits, rainwater water storage dam liners, water tanks, grocery shops, sewing machines, digging shallow wells, watermelon farming.
Relief & Welfare Response
Support drought relief through emergency food distribution, Food distribution during the month of Ramadhan to supplement family supplies, Covid-19 pandemic support and disaster response i.e. fire, floods, jiggers outbreaks, mobile medical clinic and health campaigns.
Media & Online Education
Support accountability through audio-visual records, manage social media presence, and support online education activities and information sharing with stakeholders.
Through our media department, we showcase our activities in both audio-visual and print format. This include project videos, online programs and livestreams.