Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Acres of Mercy is a Non- Governmental Organization registered in Kenya currently working in Nguluni Location, Matungulu District, Machakos County. The NGO is currently working in this area of the country as a starting point to be the launching pad to other parts of Kenya. The NGO is working in three broad areas and include:- 1. Early Childhood Education and Development 2. Health Interventions 3. Community Empowerment and Mobilization
Oct 5, 2012

Group Incubation: Hatching Results Already

Capacity Building
Capacity Building

Thank you once again dear friends and partners. It gives me great pleasure to touch base with you again. It has been long and hard but knowing you are behind us has given us the push to continue. 

We are together working to make a great and lasting impact on the lives of women, men and children who have been affected and or infected with HIV.

Over the last 3 months we have used $ 395 to install new pipes to water the greenhouse to help meet our goal of generating income through a second greenhouse project. The monies were also used to finish installing the electric pump to help in irrigation.

We have been able to incubate a group of over 30 members who have been saving for the past three months with internal savings of $37 that will be built up in the next few months to be made available for relending to group members.

The women have also been able to build about 1000 bricks to be used to build animal shelters. This has been done using the local brick making method which is not efficient. 

With a brick machine worth $1220 the HIV support group will be able to better fulfil block requirement targets needed to build 3 animal sheds for the next phase.

Rabbit hatches, chicken coops and a sheep pen had been constructed using the initial disbursement of $395 and other onies raised outside the portal using fundraising cards and direct asking from members of the groupsd and or organization. The group is also receiveing better nutrition through various farm animals they are keeping at their homes. All 55 families targeted have a source of daily nutrition.from the chicken,and goat.

The group of 30 has been trained on various topics especialy agri-business, governnace and group dynamics

Challenges

The land earmarked for purchase was later sold to a different party becuase the seller said and I quote," we are not serious buyers." This was because fundraising on globalgiving came to a standstill

Water is still a challenge with the wells dried up. during the month of September.

Upcoming

- The project team will review the changes in this plan and readjust to fit to current realities

- Begin value addition for tomatoes to provide more employment opportunitie

I want to thank all of you who are supporting this project, friends and their families.

We appreciate you..

Jul 24, 2012

Looking Up

Green...Tomato Plants at 21st day after transplant
Green...Tomato Plants at 21st day after transplant

Dear partners, It is an exciting time full of expectation. I just wanted to share a few more pictures from the green house 3 weeks after transplanting. The plants are actually flowering and we are due for a good harvest. Thanks to your support in this journey. We are also in the process of looking at various methods of canning tomatoes. Any one with ideas of simple technologies of doing this would be much appreciated. A local rabbit farmer has also approached us and has rabbits to sell, about 8 does and 2 bucks to start us off. Our plan is to have these going on in the next two months. The hatches are just ready. We have also begun marketing initiatives in earnest and reconnecting with local restaurants in readiness for the harvest season I have attached some pictures just giving a feel of what is happening here. It is indeed an exciting time and indeed things are looking up. We have been adjusting our green house business plan and hopefully we should be sharing it especially with regard to the value addition aspect; chicken production and rabbit production. This will effectively get us on to the next phase of the project. My request is to help support the worker managing the greenhouse. He needs monthly wage of $64. If we could have a few friends partnering with 4 recurrent donations of $ 16, we would continue with the good work. Thank you for your continued support. .

Tomato plants...flowering already
Tomato plants...flowering already
Rabbit Hatches
Rabbit Hatches
Jul 6, 2012

A New Beginning- Start of a New Season

Children enjoying meals
Children enjoying meals

Dear friends and partners,

Its another time when we share progress with you and also take the opportunity to thank you for the great support you have continued to give us.

The last few months have been challenging for various reasons. All in all it has been exciting and full of promise.

At the end of the last reporting the project had embarked on installing electricity to enable pumping of water from the open well to the green house. This was to ensure the drip system works well after replanting. The electricity installation cost over 34,000/= ($400)

We also managed to purchase and transport a green house replanting kit or refill pack consisting of greenhouse inputs for one season worth 29,000/= ($341). Transportation to the project site cost the project 2,000/= ($24)

We also had to employ another green house manager at the cost of 4500/= ($53) per month since May 2012.

Total expenses for the period came to Ksh 69,500/= ($818).

Events in the last quarter were interesting given the submersible pump was stolen from the school compound in March but recovered at the point it was being sold by local policemen. This also set us back two months since the pump was used as evidence in the court case that followed.

Another major challenge still remains slow disbursements from the global giving team. This means implementing other phases of the project has been slowed down considerably.

Despite the challenges we have managed to replant another crop of tomatoes and we expect to get a good harvest in about three months beginning September 2012 with harvesting expected to last till March 2013. We place expected sales at 300000/= ($ 3529)

We will not be able to do all this without the support of our faithful friends. 

As one of the pictures shows consistent supply of meals is beneficial to the children. The children are enjoying meals donated by the government which is not consistent, but a situation we expect to move away from soon.

We continue to ask for ideas, suggestions and comments on how to make this project better and able to have the intended impact on the children and other beneficiaries

Thank you on behalf of the entire board, teachers, and especially the children- we appreciate your support

Goodwill to you all.

Green House Replanting
Green House Replanting
Spraying of Green House
Spraying of Green House
Laying Irrigation Pipes to Green House
Laying Irrigation Pipes to Green House
Wiring at the Water Well
Wiring at the Water Well
Trellised Tomatoes at Early Flowering Stages
Trellised Tomatoes at Early Flowering Stages

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