Empowering communities allows individuals and families to transform their lives, become self-sufficient and thrive.

About These Projects

We are focused on health and support to help transform communities.

We work in partnership with the community to improve access to life’s essentials, including education, medical care, nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, and transport.

Our vision is for empowered communities to have the knowledge, skills and resources that enable families to live in healthy home environments, where they are self-sufficient and thriving.

Community Health Project

Country: Kenya

Impact To Date: In 2015 we created a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health, Nakuru County, to support the New Canaan Health Clinic and provide essential services to the local community, based in the middle of what was an Internally Displaced person camp.

Fast forward to today, our project with the New Canaan Health Clinic has reached its Sustained Phase, with the overall health of the community significantly improved. There has been an evident reduction in childhood mortality and illness due to the immunisation program with family planning information helping to educate the next generation.

So They Can's project with New Canaan Health Clinic has reached its sustained phase, but we are proud to be supporting 2 more clinics, (Chesimirion Dispensary and Nakoko Health Centre in Baringo County, Kenya) to achieve the same outcomes for their local communities.

Project Goal: Improved health of community members, including students at program school, through provision of support to partner medical clinics to ensure they are well-resourced and able to provide quality health care services at the clinics and via mobile medical camps in hard-to-reach areas. 

About: Data from 2018 shows that only 17 % of Kenyan households are covered by health insurance of any type, while the rest of the population relies either on donor aid, government funding or out of pocket spending for accessing health care. The Kenyan Health System is not able to deal effectively with the growing epidemics and the growing burden of chronic diseases.

So They Can works as a key partner with selected government clinics to ensure that communities are healthy, informed and able to take a proactive role in supporting the health and education of their children. Healthy children and communities have the best chance of thriving. Currently, government health services and supplies are not sufficient and even the basic, common, treatable ailments can result in fatalities. So They Can, through the Community Health and Development Project, aims to partner with the government to support access to safe, effective and quality essential health care services, including affordable essential medicines for all and to improve basic infrastructure at the community level.

About Chesirimion Dispensary: So They Can started supporting Chesirimion Dispensary in 2020. This is a level 2 public health facility situated in Tiaty sub county, Baringo County. It operates 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, and has a catchment area of approximately 36,000 people.

Since So They Can's intervention, the facility has increased its enrolment from an average of 5,000 patients per year to 7,000 patients per year.

Chesirimion Dispensary provides a number of essential services to the community, including diagnosis, treatment and medicine, emergency deliveries, immunisations, nutrition packs and antenatal care.

About Nakoko Health Centre: Nakoko Health Centre is a Ministry of Health basic health facility located in Silale administrative area, Tiaty East in Baringo County, with a catchment areas of approximately 22,000 people. 

So They Can started supporting the health facility in January 2022 as part of the partnership with the Baringo County Government. Two of the biggest challenges were insufficient medicines and an underutilized maternity wing. This made the community to avoid the facility preferring to walk long distances to alternative better resourced health facilities and in most cases avoiding the health services altogether meaning conditions remained untreated.

So They Ride

Country: Tanzania

Impact To Date: So They Ride has donated and sold over 1500 bikes to local and surrounding communities.

Project Goal: To address a critical need for transport by providing an affordable means of transport to community members in the Babati District of Tanzania. 

The Babati District has extremely poor roads and is infrequently serviced by public transport denying villagers the ability to adequately service their daily needs, domestically, academically and professionally.  Bicycles are used by villagers for carrying water containers, bags of produce, fire wood and livestock, as well as providing personal transport in a large and relatively remote region. 

About So They Ride: Building on our ethos of collaboration, in 2014 So They Can Tanzania established  'So They Ride' in partnership with Bicycles for Humanity, Colorado, who generously supply and ship approximately 300 bikes to the project every year. 

This enterprise benefits the inhabitants of 10 major villages in the Mamire, Gallapo, Qash and Endakiso wards of the Babati District with an estimated population of over 20,000, many of whom are parents, children or teachers at our program schools. 
 
Each year we donate bikes to members of the community who increase the impact of our work through access to transport. This includes health workers from our health clinics, Champion Mothers and Fathers from our Keeping Girls in School project and students from our program schools.
 
The remaining bikes are sold within the communities. In addition to the direct benefit provided by the bikes themselves, the revenue from bikes sold helps offset project costs and derive funds to support our Education Program. 

Shamba Letu

Country: Tanzania

Impact To Date: Shamba Letu farm runs training days four times a year, impacting over 400 local farmers, students and parents from the surrounding communities.

Project Goal: To continue to support the wider community through education on improved farming practices which will result in improved food security and economic stability for the communities supported by our Tanzania Education Collaborative.

About Shamba Letu Demonstration Farm: Shamba Letu is a demonstration farm that focusses on cultivating crops to train the local farmers, parents and students in improved agricultural practices. This training aims to improve the capacity and economic stability of the community.

Our main customers of farm produce are the surrounding tourist lodges in Tarangire National Park and beyond. We are proud of our long term relationships with these reliable customers.

Shamba Letu also runs a small contract plough business, making available to local farmers machinery they could not otherwise afford.