The Community as Changemaker
Mugunda is a collection of rural communities in central Kenya with close to 25,000 residents, spread across 50 villages. The environment is categorized as arid or semi-arid, and water and other resources are scarce. Despite limited resources, Mugunda has a solid history of civil society mobilization, especially on behalf of children and youth.
Community members have united to build up infrastructure such as schools and clean water systems, to sponsor educational scholarships for youth, and to construct an Olympic training center for sports development and youth mentorship. These efforts have been self-directed and mostly self-funded. Their success serves as an investment model for sustainable change that is relevant to other rural communities in the region and across the country.