WELCOME TO ONDOKEA WOMEN'S BAKERY.
Millions of women in Tanzania face domestic abuse, denial of basic human rights and financial hardship that prevents them from achieving their potential.
Ondokea Women's Bakery is sponsored by the Ondokea Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, founded by Patrick and Esther Kakema Sullivan, a Tanzania native. The foundation provides food, shelter, healthcare, counseling, education and training for battered women (and their minor children) in Tanzania, East Africa. The women are housed and protected, given health treatment, counseled, educated and trained to become self-sufficient in small business enterprises, following a successful pattern already established and supported by the Ondokea Foundation.
The mission of the Ondokea Women's Bakery is to provide a space for Tanzanian women to learn and showcase cooking skills and help them rise up from poverty. It is also a space to learn about nutrition and other healthy choices.
“As the first African woman to receive this prize, I accept it on behalf of the people of Kenya and Africa, and indeed the world. I am especially mindful of women and the girl child. I hope it will encourage them to raise their voices and take more space for leadership. I know the honour also gives a deep sense of pride to our men, both old and young. As a mother, I appreciate the inspiration this brings to the youth and urge them to use it to pursue their dreams."
Unhealthy diets and poor nutrition are leading contributors to Africa's burden of disease and burgeoning health-care costs. Ondokea will be providing nutrition classes for all women, to better their families.
"Around the World, 167 countries have at least one law on the books that restricts women's economic opportunity, a new study from the World Bank has found. The Women, Business and the Law report measures how legislation in 189 countries affects women's access to jobs, property, justice, and credit, as well as provisions to protect them from violence and discrimination". Pacific Standard.
"This is not the case with the small village of Rondo, south eastern Tanzania where women in that community have simply refused to watch their children die or suffer from stunting due to malnutrition by educating their communities to adopt a healthy eating lifestyle. They walk up to seven kilometres conducting door-to-door calls on families or giving talks at health centres where women usually congregate". All Africa.