Pendekezo Letu, meaning "our choice" in Swahili, is a Kenyan non-governmental organisation that was established in May 1997 to assist street children and their families escape abject poverty and lead more fulfilling lives away from the streets and slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
Pendekezo Letu supports vulnerable children and other disadvantaged community members in Kenya to fully access their fundamental human rights.
Marginalized children and adults fully access their basic rights to education, information, protection from violence, justice, reproductive health care and improved opportunities for development and enjoy a marked improvement in the quality of their lives.
In recognition of the fact that poverty is a consequence of the denial of basic human rights, PKL promotes a rights-based approach, combining activities which address both the immediate needs of its beneficiaries and build the capacity of deprived communities to effectively respond to social inequalities by demanding their basic rights to education, information, protection, justice, participation, health care and improved opportunities for development.
- PKL is committed to contributing towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and helping to eradicate poverty. It will aim to do so by:
- maximizing the participation of its beneficiaries throughout the programme cycle
- minimizing the time spent by children in institutional care & ensuring their rapid reintegration into family & school life
- promoting a holistic approach to the development of families rather than assisting one child in isolation
- addressing the root causes of poverty by striving to empower families through the development of sustainable livelihoods
- mainstreaming key cross-cutting issues such as HIV/AIDS and gender throughout each project component
- strengthening the capacity of grassroots, community-based structures (eg. PTAs, resident associations & development committees), in order to provide marginalized communities with the opportunity & skills to effectively engage government directly and demand their basic rights – lack of a strong, collective voice amongst the poor (especially women) is a fundamental cause of poverty
- promoting effective collaboration and networking amongst organizations with a common agenda
- actively conducting pro-poor policy advocacy with government in order to bring about change in practice at the national level (macro), in recognition of the fact that service provision alone (micro) will not bring wide-scale, sustainable change. Implementing innovative, best practice pilot projects, which can, through effective dissemination, be used to inform policy advocacy and in turn be replicated by other organizations and government at the national level will remain one of PKL’s key strategies.