Common Ground for Africa (CGA) believes strongly in the ability of the communities to identify and drive their own development agenda. As such, CGA responds to requests that emanates from these communities.
CGA therefore, ensures that its interventions have a regional perspective by covering a diverse number of regions and counties or interventions that are easily replicated or scalable.
CGA is based in the village of Kiminini. Kiminini is in western Kenya, not far from the Ugandan border. Its vulnerable economy is based primarily on agriculture, making it susceptible to fluctuations due to drought, flooding and pests. Even when harvests are good, due to the seasonal nature of agriculture, many residents find it difficult to find employment during low seasons, often going weeks without earning any income.
The area has also been hit particularly hard by the HIV/AIDs pandemic. Many mothers have been widowed and are forced to feed and educate their children on their own. Others are often too sick to work and earn an income. CGA caters to families affected by such conditions.
CGA doesn't limit its activities to the immediate Kiminini area though, and reaches out to surrounding villages throughout the Trans-Nzoia district offering its microfinance, agriculture, health education and water & sanitation expertise. Mobile medical clinics are frequently held hours away from Kiminini, wherever the present need as greatest. In times of humanitarian crisis, CGA reaches out to communities in all corners of Kenya and occasionally in surrounding countries too providing emergency food and medical relief. We currently have a presence in Somalia to assist with the crisis there. Both Pathfinder Primary and Lenana Girls High School also accept students from all over Kenya and neighboring countries. We frequently have students enroll from Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.