The Sophia Project
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
LocationP.O.Box 103, Pap OnditiKisumu, Nyanza 40111Kenya Kenya
TSP exists to empower rural communities through art, sports, life skills of school going kids/youth and economic development of vulnerable women in Pap Onditi, Kisumu, Kenya. Our Mission is to empower rural communities for sustainable development. We work with the most at risk groups and widows access life skills and economic empowerment for durable solutions.
As a child who lost his father at a very early age in Kenya, Nicholas Otieno Ojwando is no stranger to hardships and tribulations. At age 2, his father passed away. He witnessed the struggles of his widowed mother (Sophia); attempting to provide for 6 children through manual labour, running small businesses even if it meant distilling illegal local brew which sometimes led to her arrest and spending time in police cell.
Nicholas could easily have become one of the 1,000’s of vulnerable children who roam the streets, forage thru garbage dumpsites for food or become entrapped into child slavery. He is the exception. Self-determination and strong family environment helped him to complete college. He was fortunate to work with both local and international organizations that provided social support and economic empowerment to vulnerable children and women both in Kenya and in South Sudan. Through this work experience, he has become a strong advocate for the cause.
Through the struggle of his mother, the founder recognized the central role women play in the development and upbringing of the children in the community. Their daily struggle in engaging in small business ventures to generate income for the family is a test to this.
His goal is to see a more sustainable and empowered communities through his social venture, called "The Sophia Project (TSP)".