In central Kenya, Wendo Azsed lives with her family in the area of Rift Valley. In the year of 2009, Wendo decided to start the NGO Dandelion Africa. Her vision is to work with the most marginalised groups in society – women and youth. The vision to start an organisation that would work directly with the people in the communities was born when two close friends of the family died of AIDS.
We have lost a lot of people, me and my husband felt powerless when we could not help them. -Wendo Aszed
After giving it some thought, Wendo quit her job at the bank and started visiting nearby villages, talking to the women and identifying the specific problems each community faced. The biggest problem, she explains, is not that there aren’t enough resources to work with, but that there is a lack of information out there on how to face the issues.
Wendo has now, together with her husband and volunteers, been working with women and youth in marginalised areas for over five years. One of the goals for the future is to raise enough money to start a resource centre, a safe place where women can go, ask for help and encourage each other. Read more about what we do.