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COMMUNITY
WELFARE
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Oceans Alive strives not only to preserve and protect the incredible marine ecosystems of the Kenyan coast but also the vibrant local communities that rely on them. We want to ensure that these communities have access to all of the services and resources that they need for people to live happy and healthy lives. Our PHE (population, health, and environment) program is a holistic approach to sustainable development that reflects the connections between people, their health, and the environment. 

 

PHE initiatives are designed to address the multidimensional challenges facing isolated rural communities living in areas of high biodiversity and/or natural resource dependence with limited access to health services. 

PHE initiatives typically integrate voluntary family planning and other health services with community-based natural resource management efforts. PHE initiatives may also encompass biodiversity conservation and alternative livelihood initiatives as well as measures to improve water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), and/or nutrition. 

PHE initiatives should be designed to uphold human rights, including the reproductive rights of all individuals to choose freely the number and spacing of their births as well as the management rights of communities with regards to their natural resources. PHE initiatives seek to promote gender equality by engaging men in discussions about family health while involving women in natural resource management.

Creating enterprise both within the marine initiative and outside is a necessity to relieve the pressure on the coastal resources. As the population increases so does the pressure on the resources that the coastal communities rely on. Setting up alternative sustainable income-generating opportunities and PPP’s that suit each particular community is central to Oceans Alive’s objectives.  Economic empowerment of women is at the heart of Oceans Alive principles. Strengthening the economic role of women is critical to reducing poverty, improving health and education outcomes, and achieving other broad development goals. Economic empowerment is a crucial aspect of any significant push to make women full and equal participants in their communities.

 

Welfare objectives:

  • Replace community despondency with hope and aspiration for the future;

  • Enable currently marginalised communities to benefit from, participate in and contribute to the economic, social, technological, and democratic progress of their country.

  • Improve access to water, healthcare, education, and vocational training in underserved communities.

  • Improve livelihoods

  • Create social, economic, and environmental awareness

  • Enable marginalised communities to contribute to the economic, environmental, and democratic progress of their country

  • Improve access to water, healthcare, education, and vocational training in underserved communities

  • Enhance local governance and increase participation in democratic issues

  • Improve and diversify livelihoods of local people to provide them with greater financial stability

  • Inspire people to strive for positive change within their own communities

  • Work alongside communities to mitigate continued resource-driven marine degradation and enhance community safety along the coast in order to provide an enabling environment for all further development.

  • Stabilise impoverished coastal communities using nature-based enterprises and marine conservation as the catalyst;

  • Diversify livelihood options, thereby reducing communities’ current economic vulnerability.

  • Generate new economic opportunities and infrastructure enabling disadvantaged communities to achieve financial independence and long-term income security (transition from a state of dependency to sustainability).

  • Enhance efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of extractive and non-extractive natural resource use.

  • Assist in securing community resilience to unpredictable events ad destabilising external factors like sea rise through climate change.

  • Build institutional capacity, enhance local governance and increase participation in democratisation.