About 5000 people live in the Kenyan village of Kinakoni, about 300 kilometers from Nairobi. The entire Kitui County region in southeastern Kenya, where Kinakoni is located, is characterized by significant water shortages and many children show symptoms of malnutrition. Most families live on less than 10 euros a month.
From 2021 to 2024, a model project of an initiative of the stern Foundation and Welthungerhilfe will be carried out in Kinakoni, in which the Wilo-Foundation is participating as a funding partner. The aim is to use the example of Kinakoni to highlight the structural problems that lead to hunger and malnutrition. Based on a comprehensive analysis, sustainable solutions are then to be developed that can also be used in other villages and regions in the long term. The approach is to develop intelligent, smart solutions together with the villagers and regional start-up companies in order to sustainably improve life-threatening living conditions for Kinakoni's inhabitants. To this end, the project initiators are working together with GreenTec Capital, a venture capitalist, who knows the local scene well.
The project is initially intended to run for three years and will be accompanied by comprehensive monitoring.
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For almost 50 years, stern has been committed to helping people in need through a wide variety of aid campaigns. Inspired by its readers' great willingness to help, stern decided in December 2003 to manifest its charitable commitment and founded its own independent association: the stern - Hilfe für Menschen e.V. foundation. The foundation works with international aid organizations and provides financial support to projects whose trustworthiness the stern reporters are convinced of.
Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organizations in Germany, politically and denominationally independent. Welthungerhilfe has been active in Kenya with partner organizations since the 1970s. Since 1993, there has been a country office in the capital Nairobi.
Stiftung Stern: Kinakoni - A village against hunger