WOSO Projects Overview

In response to community needs, WOSO initiated its first project in January of 2013, a primary school sponsorship program for critically vulnerable youth. This program supports young children recommended by community leaders at a local primary school, providing the children with tuition, books, uniforms, 2 hot meals a day, health testing, and home visits. WOSO started this project with 15 children and today 64 youth are sponsored, giving them the opportunity to not only complete primary school, but also to attend the WOSO secondary school in the future. In 2018 six children from the primary sponsorship program moved onto secondary school.

WOSO has added two other important community projects over the last three years. In 2014, WOSO started two micro-credit groups to help local widows start-up small businesses to generate income to support their families. This project has now grown to twelve micro-credit groups assisting over 83 women. The women in these groups are trained by WOSO staff and have all started small businesses such as selling pancakes, second-hand clothing, and opening small canteens. A few of the women have also been able to add fix up or build small homes for their families.

In 2015, WOSO responded to the many community requests for a secondary school in the sub-county. The nearest secondary school was 8.5 miles from the community, and thus most children ended their schooling at or before primary 6 (sixth grade of elementary school). The building of a secondary school, named Shepherd High School, by WOSO was a huge undertaking, but the community input in this project was inspiring. Community members took down large anthills on the property, and the dirt from these anthills was used to make 70,000 bricks which were used to build the first 4 block classroom and large pit latrine. Shepherd High School now offers senior one through four classes and hopes to add the last two years of secondary school in the future. In 2015 the school opened with 63 students, and in 2018 the school has 334 students, and 241 boarders (which allows students, who live too far away to walk safely to school to still receive an education).