The Nyanya Project

Today in Kenya, more than half of the approximate 2.5 million Kenyan orphans are orphaned as a result of the AIDS crisis. Estimates suggest that more than 1 million of these children are currently being cared for by their grandmothers, older women who have scarce income sources, minimal education, and are frequently widowed or live without their husbands' support. Frequently, nyanya must relinquish their small businesses (selling produce or goods) to take care of their families. Cycles of poverty intensify the vulnerability of female populations: Girl children are the first to be pulled from schools to help grandmothers care for the expanded dependents, some of whom are HIV positive. Ri...
Dec 2, 2013

Sheep for Life in Africa: Report #1

"Sheep Grandmothers" Receiving Global Giving Funds
"Sheep Grandmothers" Receiving Global Giving Funds

As we enter the holiday season, The Nyanya Project has much to be thankful for, much of which has stemmed from the generosity and support of our friends and Nyanya family.

This past September, our organization joined GlobalGiving, an international online fundraising platform for registered non-profits, for our online campaign, “Sheep for Life in Africa.” Participating in Global Giving’s “September Challenge,” The Nyanya Project would be offered a permanent membership with the fundraising site if we were able to raise at least $5,000 from a total of 40 different donors.

$7,125 and 58 donors later, The Nyanya Project has become an official partner with GlobalGiving. Our campaign, “Sheep for Life in Africa,” provided fencing and sheep for our current grandmothers in Ndathi, Kenya as well as sheep for our newest grandmothers in the there. Furthermore, the campaign was able to bring in enough funds to train two of our grandmothers in butchering, a vital skill as we have found many of our grandmothers are losing money when dealing with local butchers.

Last week our Project Manager in Kenya, Julius Okatch, delivered the money from the campaign to our Ndathi “Sheep Grandmothers,” who were completely unaware about the Global Giving Campaign and its success. Julius described the surprise visit as one of “jubilation.”

“Honestly, I’ve never seen such happy people in a longtime,” Julius wrote of visit. “They asked me to tell you “ASANTE SANA (Swahili for thank you).”

Asante Sana. We thank those of you who helped us find such great success with our GlobalGiving campaign. We thank those of you who helped us provide a holiday surprise for our “Sheep Grandmothers” in Ndathi delete Kenya. Finally, we thank those of you who have loved and supported us and our Nyanya families in Africa since the very beginning.

Asante Sana and have a wonderful holiday season.

A "Sheep Grandmother" in the fields of Ndathi
A "Sheep Grandmother" in the fields of Ndathi
"Sheep Grandmothers" in Ndathi, Kenya
"Sheep Grandmothers" in Ndathi, Kenya

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