Project Juani

A fiscally sponsored project of  501(c)(3) non-profit Empowerment WORKS

Juani began in 2023 and was created to address the unmet healthcare needs of women in Sega, Kenya - a rural village approximately 1.5 hours by car from the city of Kisumu.  Our name is derived from Swahili and literally means "in the sun" while the verb Kujua means "to know."  We hope this project lives up to its name and brings knowledge, hope, and empowerment to the women of Sega so that they may experience many sunny days ahead.  Juani was founded by a group of clinical and public health practitioners and women's health champions seeking to improve reproductive and maternal health outcomes in Siaya County.  We have ties to the land, people, and culture of this village, and we hope you'll join us in bringing evidence-based medicine to the women and girls of Sega.

Our Mission & Vision

Improving the lives of women and girls in rural Kenya through healthcare, education, and empowerment.  We envision a future where all women are safe from violence, are empowered to make their own healthcare decisions, and can access the care they need.  

A recent needs assessment highlighted several concerns affecting women within this community.

We're prioritizing initiatives to address four focus areas:

The Wilson Center

To address these needs, we're building The Wilson Center for Women to bring preventive health services to women and girls in Siaya County.  Our initial efforts will focus on increasing cervical and breast cancer screening rates and delivering health education.  We anticipate our Level 2 medical clinic will be able to welcome our first patient before 2024 comes to a close.  Visit our Habari page and watch our progress as The Wilson Center nears completion.

We continue to accept tax deductible monetary and in-kind donations to cover our operational and programmatic expenses.  Your contribution of approximately...

$7 pays for VIA/VILI cervical cancer screening for one woman

$18 pays for ultrasound imaging which can assist in the diagnosis of breast and uterine conditions.

$36 pays for HPV DNA cervical cancer screening for one woman

$100 pays our security guard's salary for one month (his name is Reagan and he courageously watches over our clinic every night!).

Or find us on Venmo @juaniforwomen

Our U.S. Footprint

We're a team of volunteers determined to make preventive healthcare more accessible to women in Kenya.  We primarily work remotely throughout the U.S. to support our team in Sega as they implement educational programming and prepare for the opening of The Wilson Center.  We have expertise in public health, medicine, social work, engineering, and communication - and we've been working tirelessly to ensure our vision becomes a reality. In 2023, 14 volunteers and interns across the globe donated over 740 hours to Juani, an investment worth more than $28,000 USD.  

Our Community Based Organization

Juani is a Community Based Organization (CBO) registered with the Directorate of Social Development in Siaya County.  Our CBO has 38 registered members and continues to grow.  Membership is open to women (and supporters of women!) living in Siaya County.  As our clinic is being built, we're focusing on health education and increasing health literacy within the community of Sega.  

Team Kenya and the Leaders of our Community-Based Organization 

Maureen Onyango

Project Site Coordinator and CBO Chairperson

Jack Oduor

Clinical Officer and CBO Vice Chairperson

Lenox Oduor

CBO Secretary

Sharon Kasiti

Nurse

Millicent Kaimenyi

Development Officer

Violet Ombati

Attorney

Reagan Odhiambo

Security Guard