waatha community is suffering substantially from drought and famine which is a result of poor rain which is caused by environmental degradation by people who have ventured into charcoals burning as the available option for livelihood.
The community fundamentally lack membership and mobilization to sensitize the effective campaign awareness. The major problem identified within the Waatha community is negative impact contributed by ignorance, illiteracy and drop out from school. Parents not taking up their responsibilities with seriousness that it deserves .( Due to drunkenness )high number of girl child school dropout , early marriages, poaching young girl child as a domestic servant see attached appendix for 2009/2010 and 2011. Due to irresponsibility of the parents, girl’s performances is greatly affected. Education is not taken as a serious business. Lack of membership from the community act as a living example, these posses as a great challenge. Hence need for awareness, Empowerment and knowledge based campaigned to promote education and better livelihood.
To gather information on data base regarding Waatha community from one village to another. The Waatha community live from mouth to mouth whereby if the bread-winner does not go to bushes to harvest charcoal on extreme end when pushed by hunger hunt wild animal, then the family is left at God’s mercy. The business communities at different shopping centers have formed up culture of giving out food on credit to waatha with an objective that they pay back foodstuff and ration on regular sales of charcoal. Women and young girls have to look for daily work like washing clothes, fetching water for construction to get their daily survival, as such, mobilization of this community requires RESOURCES and TIME for effective implementation.
we are asking the rest of the world’s communities to assist this marginalized group in any way.
This group is living in Kwale county,Taita and Kilifi counties. come and experience the challenged community.