HELPING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES LIVE BETTER LIVES

EARLY BEGINNINGS

In 2007, I had an epiphany of some sort. I received an email from an unknown person, a lady from a sprawling poverty stricken area on the outskirts of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. She was a widow with three children doing hazardous jobs, including scavenging for junks amidst soggy garbage at junk yards, to make ends meet. The meagre money she makes was barely enough to buy some food, not to talk of paying school fees for her children. She had to withdraw them from school. I was so touched by her story and decided to act. Ordinarily, I will press the delete button, treating such emails as trash, in a world of unceasing internet fraud and dishonesty.

However, there was something about this mail that struck me; something inside of me yelled: ‘Dollin, this is a genuine cry for help!’ So I hearkened to this inner voice. I made contacts with a friend in Kenya, who did some investigations to confirm the genuineness of her story; and helped to deliver a small amount of money, meant for the payment of her children’s school fees, to her.

But what happened next struck me as uniquely insightful and it birthed Caprecon’s founding philosophy; which is: Driving Initiatives that inspire Hope and Dignity. She did not pay the fees. She started a mobile hairdressing business, something she had always wanted to do; and within a short period raised enough money for her children’s fees and uniforms, and to put food on the table. It then occurred to me that helping people to help themselves was my calling.

Providentially, some good people helped me to activate this call and the journey began. We started helping a number of people informally to set up small scale businesses to generate income; especially in places with debilitating unemployment and poverty. Some acquired second hand sewing machines to mend torn clothes or make dresses and charge small fees. Others took up beauty courses to become hairdressers and barbers, or ran food and craft stalls in the local market. You would be amazed at how small efforts transform lives.

Following on from there, I visited Nigeria in 2010, after many years of being away, and I experienced the harrowing effects extreme poverty and violent conflicts can have on people; especially young people. Finding solutions to these seemingly intractable problems and minimising their effects led to the registration of Caprecon as a charitable organisation in October, 2010.

Caprecon is an acronym for Cameron for Peace and Reconciliation, in memory of my child, Cameron, who chose not come into this unpleasant

world in 2000.
Since then, we have achieved so much, and brought smiles to many faces. We have been involved in a number projects, including some in the literary field. I have lost count. I did not do this alone, and so I pay tribute to everyone who has, in one way or another, touched us with their kindness. Without you, there will be no Caprecon.

Dollin Holt, founder /director, Caprecon Development Foundation

OUR MISSION

We envisage a world of peaceful coexistence within and between communities everywhere; where everyone lives in dignity and meet their basic needs.

OUR VISION

Embedded within our mission, and core to our values, is playing the role of catalyst. We empower people to work their way out of poverty and be in a position to get a hold on their lives through education, training and self-employment. We promote reconciliation, dialogue and other peace-bringing strategies, and research into the sources of conflict, so as to prevent it. Integral to what we do also, is promoting humanitarian care, human rights (the rights of minorities) and human development.

PEACE BUILDING

Conflict management, resolution, transformation and reconciliation can be arduous, but are not insurmountable, as the capacity to do so exist within communities. What is often lacking is empowerment, resulting from top-down outsider involvement. We aim to work with, and support communities in tension anywhere to prevent, mitigate or resolve crisis. We support them to stimulate dialogue, design and implement win–win conflict resolution and reconciliation strategies that are bottom-up, that address unmet needs, and are underpinned by social justice.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

We empower rural dwellers, especially women, to escape poverty and improve their standard of living through basic education, health care, small scale businesses, farming and other innovative community development projects. Empower one and you empower all.

GENDER DIGNITY AND EQUALITY

In many parts of the world, female education is circumscribed by poverty, ignorance, conflict, cultural repression and restrictive traditions that inhibit women’s mobility. Join us to change attitudes and break down barriers. Join us to turn the tide on this injustice.

POVERTY ALLEVIATION

We support individuals and groups impoverished by systemic and institutional neglect to grow a new life. We assist them with grants to set up small scale businesses, become self-reliant sad be able to put food on the table, and send their children to school. A majority of those trapped in poverty demonstrate tenacity, courage and a determination to make their way in the world. What they require is support, and it doesn’t have to be huge and cumbersome.‘In this life we cannot do great things, we can only do small things with great love.’ -Mother Theresa.

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

We aim to empower people to work their way out of poverty through education and training. Sadly, many people, children especially, are denied education for a number of reasons, including chronic poverty and unrelenting violent conflicts which disrupts learning. Most children drop out of school to fend for themselves on the streets. They do hazardous jobs, just to survive, including scavenging for junks amidst soggy garbage at dump yards. The meagre money they make pays for cheap and less nutritious food, and supplements their parents’ incomes. Faced with hardship, parents, in most cases, remove children from school as they are unable to afford the cost; and this jeopardises their future sustainable development t

REFUGEE & HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

We aim to minimise the impact of violent conflict, natural disasters, displacement and other emergency situations on victims. Our volunteers complement the efforts of local providers with humanitarian and psychosocial assistance, to alleviate trauma and distress. And together, we rebuild lives.Let a place be made for the one who draws near, the one who is cold and deprived of any home. Yves Bonnefoy, 1923