In 1971, the Catholic Dioceses in Kenya createddevelopment offices with a view to motivating communities to identify their most urgent needs at the grassroots level. Recently, Lotto Foundation was in Elgeyo-Marakwet County to launch a Sustainable Livelihoods project at Kobil Primary School.
Lotto Foundation partnered with Caritas Eldoret for the Small Homes programme, which was established back in 1982 by the Diocese of Eldoret after surveys and other research were conducted by church leaders and social workers in various parishes that were eager to construct small homes to cater for the increasing number of children with disabilities.
The project currently aims to assist twelve small homes through economic empowerment and education for the disabled and disadvantaged in the society. The key beneficiaries of the Small Homes Programme are children with disabilities from disadvantaged households that cannot adequately provide for their basic needs.
The following income-generating projects were initiated by the Small Homes programme, together with Lotto Foundation:
•Tent Hiring – Tents can be hired for celebrations, which generates income in the community
•Bakery – Children are trained in baking and other food-related skills
•Agri-Business Chicken Rearing – meat and eggs generate income through sales and provide food for the homes
The project was launched by Lotto Foundation chairman Mr. Brian Waluchio and was blessed by
Bishop Cornelius K Korir. The Foundation donated Ksh 1,954,350