LIONS CLUB WORMS
Through a young German reporter working in Kenya, the “Lions Club Worms” (Germany) became aware of the social and humanitarian work done by COHESU. Profoundly impressed by the sustainable impact of COHESU on local communities and its innovative approach, the club decided to provide financial support to COHESU to help eradicate the jiggers disease amongst school children in Western Kenya: The project “A Heart for Children in Kenya – Lions against Tungiasis” was called into life.
The LIONS CLUB WORMS is a German service club that belongs to LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL (LCI), a charitable organization devoted to social and international service with 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world. Its mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding.
In March of 2017, COHESU partnered with Simprints to integrate novel biometric hardware and software tools into our programs to accurately identify and serve our beneficiaries and streamline our operations. The pilot phase of this partnership is the Shoe giving and jiggers tracking/treatment regimens just so as to ensure no beneficiary is overlooked.
Simprints is a nonprofit tech company committed to fighting poverty. Simprints build biometric hardware and open-source software to empower the mobile tools used by researchers, NGOs, and governments worldwide. Recognizing a significant gap in current biometric technology, our team has developed an open-source fingerprint system for the world’s toughest settings that is 228% more accurate than five industry-leading systems, using an open-source matcher and ISO templates.
In 2011, COHESU reached out to TOMS One for One® for a partnership in the TOMS giving one for one program. This was successful in 2012, and COHESU tested and gave shoes that were produced in Kenya to primary school children in Western Kenya and Nyanza.
This giving has been integrated with a healthy feet program, which includes jiggers and soil-transmitted helminths. The first teacher training workshops on healthy feet were held in 2013. COHESU is committed to responsible giving while expanding the shoe giving to more primary schools in Western and Nyanza, in partnership with our own partners in schools and children’s homes.