General Questions

Grassroots Trust for Community Organizations in Kenya (GRATCO-K) is a non-profit organization with the aim of facilitating communities through community organizing in initiating solutions for empowerment and sustainable development. It works with the urban and rural poor through their respective organizations with its mandate premised on the belief that community organizing facilitates the building of a critical mass-based people’s organizations with structures for good governance that become vehicles for actions, empowerment, articulation of issues, engagement and participation in building and management of an equitable, just, inclusive and peaceful society. GRATCO-K supports citizens and governance institutions in effecting legal awareness in public and business affairs through legal and policy frameworks, skills, advocacy, knowledge and information. In fulfilling its goals, GRATCO-K employs citizen engagement as a key approach in educating citizens on their obligations and encourages active participation in decision making, planning, governance processes and resource management.

No, Grassroots Trust for Community Organizations does not build houses but has worked tirelessly in the advocacy for effective implementation of the right to adequate and affordable housing for all. How has Grassroots Trust done this? Through lobbying for structures and frameworks that create fertile grounds for adequate and affordable housing. Not only did Grassroots Trust contribute to the Kisumu Housing Policy from its inception to the validation stage but has gone on to ensure that community input is incorporated into National and County matters of housing for example the Housing Fund Regulations. Grassroots Trust has also lobbied for the increase in budgets for housing within National and County budgets. In addition, Grassroots Trust has consistently recommended and advocated for an independent housing fund accessible to the poor and the vulnerable.

Grassroots Trust was established in 2010 as a result of a survey conducted in 2009 questioning reasons for high poverty levels amongst communities within Kisumu despite abundant availability of natural resources.

No, Grassroots Trust advocates for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs).

No, Grassroots Trust has no other office other than the one in Kisumu County (Sifa House Opposite Kibuye Market, 1st Floor; However, Grassroots Trust works in partnership with other organizations in other counties such as Hakijamii and COPA-K.

Other Questions

  • Nyalenda A
  • Nyalenda B
  • Manyatta A
  • Manyatta B
  • Kibos
  • Manyatta Arabs
  • Kaloleni
  • Obunga
  • Bandani
  • Usoma

No, Grassroots Trust is not the same as GROOTS. Grassroots Trust for Community Organizations initials are GRATCO-K.

  • Right to Adequate and Affordable Housing
  • Seeks to facilitate realization of the right to adequate and affordable housing through ensuring appropriate and indiscriminative pro-poor people policies, legislations, guidelines and programs that are not only in place, but also being implemented and most importantly, the inclusive participation of the beneficiaries.

  • Access to information
  • The programme seeks to establish resource / information centers granting access to information to the people to enable public participation and educate communities on ICT

  • Community organizing
  • Through involving the affected to identify their problems and solutions gradually leading to communities building organizations that are democratic, embodied with their will and power enabling them to take on further problems.

  • Participatory urban planning
  • Lack of planning has resulted in inequalities and exclusions. We use participatory planning which emphasizes on involving the community in the planning process and advocate their interest in the plan for social change.

  • Legal services
  • The trust provides legal services at no cost to poor and marginalized individuals and groups. These services include legal awareness, legal advice and representation.The legal services particularly address issues of security of land tenure, land lord rights, tenants’ rights, succession of titles ship/land ownership, the right to adequate and affordable housing, land rights and land acquisition processes

  • Financial literacy
  • The Trust enhances the capacity of community Based voluntary savings and loan groups, housing cooperatives and other financial formations to manage their finances in an efficient manner.

  • Participatory action research
  • This is community led research also known as enumeration. Through this participatory action research, communities identify issues and frame intervention programs and projects and implementation approaches. Facts collected from this exercise are also used by the community members to articulate their concerns, negotiate for resources and influencing government development programs.

  • Farming
  • Our work with the rural and urban poor focuses on farming crops, raising livestock for food security as well as socio-cultural and economic gain.

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