Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What is Chwele?
Chwele is a village of about 10,000 people in rural Western Kenya, in East Africa.
Where is Chwele?
Chwele is located in Western Kenya near the Ugandan border, under the slopes of Mount Elgon. Click here for more information on Chwele’s geography.
Why are we making this blog about Chwele?
To reach as many people as possible in the world so that we are able to communicate the voice of the people of Chwele about their condition and future aspirations.
Why give to Chwele?
To make a difference in the lives of women and their families.
Who lives in Chwele?
People like you and me with the same aspirations, dreams and hopes in life, but are limited by poverty and limited opportunities in their lives.
How big is Chwele?
Chwele is the size of a large neighborhood in a small city like Portland, Oregon. You can drive through Chwele in 5 minutes.
What languages do they speak in Chwele?
Luhya, Kiswahili (also known simply but incorrectly as “Swahili”) and English.
What kinds of food do they eat in Chwele?
They eat mostly vegetables (sweet potato, beans, corn, collard greens), fruits (casava, banana, papaya) and ugali (like gritz made out of corn meal).
What kind of school programs are there in Chwele?
Chwele has 4 schools: 2 elementary schools including “nursery” which the equivalent of kindergarten and the elementary school (which is 1st through 7th grade) and 2 high schools which cover 9th through 12th grade — there’s no 8th grade.
Why is there no 8th grade?
That is just the way the Kenyan system is designed. National exams are held in 7th grade to get into high school and in 12th grade to get into college. If you don’t pass your exams in 7th grade, that would be the end of your education. It’s not easy to take these exams again. You would have to go to another school. Therefore, a lot of people stop their education at 7th grade.
What’s the impact of the Chwele Community Resource and Peace Center?
To improve the quality of life for the community population for many generations to come, through self-sustainable projects.