FOCUSSA is located in Matayos, a small settlement close to the Kenya-Uganda border. COCO partners with FOCUSSA in working with FOCUSSA Primary School.
Matayos has a particularly high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which is attributed to the main road from the coast into central Africa running nearby. Drivers often spend the evening staying in the area, before crossing the border the following morning, which leads to prostitution and a casual sex culture in the local area.
A high prevalence of HIV/AIDS has led to a large number of children being orphaned. Research by Phaustine Ogolla, founder of FOCUSSA, suggests that of the 1,000 children between 3 and 15 years old, 55% have been orphaned.
In response to the high numbers of orphans in the local area, Phaustine was compelled to intervene. Since it was founded in 2006, FOCUSSA has supported an average of 200 orphans each year. To provide support, FOCUSSA started a primary school, in which passionate teaching staff help students to develop skills which will lift them out of poverty. The school is funded through innovative income-generation strategies, such as a fishpond, poultry project and a tree nursery.