Kate’s Kitchen

The American International Women's Club of Genoa has been involved with the EAC for many years.

The East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children was founded in 2001 with a mission to provide education, health information, and economic empowerment to communities in Kenya. The programs are run out of Vutakaka Junior School, where the EAC offers nursery and primary education, adult education, health information, community sporting events, economic training and empowerment, and full computer lab.

In 2010, the organization was the recipient of a FAWCO grant to build a well at the school farm. This well and sprinkler system has been instrumental in increasing farm yields through the dry season. After the well was build, a member's niece who has worked for the project came to the club to give a presentation on all that had been done with the grant money. The club was very pleased with the grant implementation and wanted to continue working with the organization. Club members gave personal contributions, and then decided to fund-raise for a kitchen remodel to give a safe kitchen with firewood efficient stoves. This totaled $2500 and was completed in May 2015. During the construction of the kitchen, two club members visited Vutakaka Junior School, carrying with them suitcases of clothing, shoes, and other items for the most The EAC believes in sustainability and in building the capacity of the community, as much as possible using resources locally available. One of the ways the organization does this is through income-generating activities that fund the programs. One such activity is the student-led bakery, funded in 2014-2015 through a small grant. The bakery is now operational, and the students continue to manage all active departments vulnerable students.