ACCES is a registered non-profit society, dedicated to the empowerment of Africans, primarily through post-secondary scholarships and sustainable community development activities. The cornerstone of ACCES is it’s mission - to provide young Africans with the education and tools necessary to benefit themselves and their society.
The goal of ACCES programs is to get kids into school, and help them get a quality education. Without good health, children are unable to attend school, or to retain what they've learned, putting them at a disadvantage. ACCES health programs focus on two key groups; 1) poor, out of school children so that they can get healthy and go to school, and 2) the community members, so children can remain healthy in their homes. ACCES works in partnership with public schools, Ministry of Health and local health providers to treat and train communities towards better health.
The government of Kenya recognized the problem of increasing levels of Tungiasis, a disease caused by the ecto-parasitic jigger flea, and in late 2014, issued the National Policy on Jigger Infestation. Jiggers plague rural communities in Kenya, causing serious health issues, including tetanus, sepsis and even death. It's been estimated that more than 1.4 million Kenyans are affected, the majority of them in Western Kenya. The affected areas are usually the foot, fingers, knees, and elbows, causing serious difficulty in walking. For children, it prevents them from attending school, resulting in them losing out on an education and a better future. In endemic areas, prevalence ranges from 15-40% of the population.
Children infested with jiggers cannot walk, or attend school, and adults are unable to work, creating an endless cycle of poverty and despair. ACCES partners with the Ministry of Health and local health organizations to not only eradicate this menace, but to train families how to keep the pests at bay. In this way, ACCES puts more children into school, and keeps them there.
Everyone knows that educating a girl is one of the best ways to help communities pull themselves out of poverty. ACCES not only ensures that girls get an education, but that their mothers and grandmothers are able to learn, generate income and take part in community governance. Gender clubs, women's self-help groups and leadership training all contribute to the achievement of these objectives. In addition, ACCES promotes gender equality through the provision of post-secondary scholarships to high acheiving females, maintaining a gender balance of ACCES supported university students. ACCES also hires local female staff to positions of authority.