Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng Komunidad (NKK)
The Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng Komunidad is an urban poor women’s organization in San Mateo, Rizal. It was established in 2002 with 25 members. Determined to fight poverty and improve their living conditions, the NKK leaders and members spearheaded the implementation of community projects such as the construction of sand bridges, path-walk cementing and lighting, and relief operations during calamities.
The organization’s most treasured accomplishment, however, is their early childcare and development program. The organization’s daycare center has been operational for a year before they sought ASF’s assistance. They were however facing problems that threatened the continued existence of the learning center. Among these were:
- the lack of skills in daycare project management;
- the absence of competent teachers;
- weakness in planning-monitoring-evaluation;
- weak financial management system, and;
- lack of resources to sustain day care operations.
In response, the ASF assisted the organization in systematizing and strengthening their daycare program through the following:
- a planning workshop was conducted for key members and leaders of the organization;
- the ASF sponsored the para-teacher’s training with another institution;
- a series of technical assistance sessions were organized to improve their financial system, and;
- the ASF provided NKK with limited financial support for the allowance of the daycare teacher and to support the health and nutrition monitoring and supplemental feeding components of their program.
The daycare center continues to operate today, serving preschool children in the area.