“It Takes A Global Village.”
The Chwele Community Development was started in 1992 by renowned author, speak, philanthropist and cook Grace Kuto. Grace was born and raised as an orphan in the village of Chwele, Kenya and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. More than 20 years ago while visiting Chwele, Grace realized the poor conditions of the medical facilities in her village and was determined to give back to her community and make a change that would have a long term impact.
The Chwele Community Development Project is mainly operated in a compound containing 4 buildings:
- Medical Clinic building
- Community Health and HIV/AIDS education building
- Community Centre
- Literacy Centre
School related programs are operated in the four schools within yards of the project compound.
Chwle Community Development provides cultural-exchange opportunities with a holistic approach of development and with the intention to generate income for self-sustainability purposes. It provides life transforming tools to empower women, youth, children, and their families for many generations to come in areas of healthcare, micro-credit enterprises, and education. The project is operated by 5 staff members and several volunteers but overseen by a Board of Directors (men, women, and youth) who represent many voices in the Chwele community.