What an amazing year it has been for AFCA's children, thanks to YOU! Because of YOU, thousands of children are thriving and hopeful. Because of YOU, countless children are healthy and they have returned to school. Because of YOU, hundreds of children had good food to eat this year. Because of YOU, hundreds of children have livestock and seeds with which to start small businesses. And because of you, children like Maria not only eat well, but also go to school, dreaming of a future free of poverty. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.
Thank you for caring for the little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future. You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, livestock, seeds, self-reliance and HOPE.
As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2015 and beyond.
We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver. If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact me at tweaver@AFCAids.org. I'd love to chat with you!
On behalf of the children,
What is it they say about a photo being worth 1,000 words? I'm hoping that is the case today as I report to you about our need for a truck. As you can see, our greenhouse project in Mombasa is flourishing! Look at all those delicious vegetables!
Now imagine using a motorcycle or rental truck to get the vegetables to market. We have been renting a truck for only three months at a time, still hoping for the funds to purchase our own truck. Sadly, it's been a slow fundraising process and the need is great.
We continue to write grants and search for additional ways to raise the money we need to purchase a truck. We are so determined to meet this need! Do you know a sponsor who might be interested in taking on this project? A corporate sponsor or foundation?
Would you like to learn more about our programs? Please contact Tanya Weaver at email@example.com to get started.
A brief update to you all about this project:
Things are looking GREAT at the farm in Lunga Lunga, Kenya. Corn was harvested all throughout the month of August and tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are being harvested as I type. Local people are benefitting from these veggies, purchasing them at fair prices. A large Kenya store called Nakumatt would like to distribute the veggies through their stores...only thing stopping this from happening is the lack of a truck large enough to make the deliveries on time.
At this point, we are using both a motorcycle and a rented Toyota Hylux truck to get the veggies to market. We only rent the truck for three months at a time as we raise the funds needed to purcahse a truck of our own, hoping that one days, we won't have to rent one anymore. If you happen to know anyone who can help us with this need, please do let us know at tweaver@AFCAids.org or if you know of any grantors who might be interested in this wonderful project.
One thing that impressed me so much when I visited this project is the record keeping taking place. No computer is needed in order to do a good job, that is for sure! Every receipt, every purchase, every planting, harvest, sale, and distribution is accounted for - this is excellent.
If you'd ever like to visit this project, let us know...you can see what you've done by donating to our work. You'll smile, I guarantee it!
There are some things that are almost too wonderful for words. Let me try to explain one of them.
Today, we visit a project we started a couple of years ago with one greenhouse on a small farm called Portriez. The greenhouse produced tomatoes by the bucketfuls and we got super excited. With what we learned, we decided to expand the project to a larger piece of land – 50 acres, in a place called Lunga Lunga (LL), outside of Mombasa. AFCA put in a borehole and an organic greenhouse and we hit the ground running.
While I’d visited when the borehole was installed, I hadn’t been back to LL for a few months. Today, I am back, with Fred and Karina in tow. We arrive at LL and I stand amazed. I feel my mouth hang open and my jaw is somewhere hitting my chest. This place is incredible! Because Portriez developed some sort of fungus that was killing tomatoes, we moved the warehouse to LL. Now, standing before me, are two huge greenhouses and they are surrounded by rows and rows of green peppers, onions, kale, spinach, hot peppers, cassava, and all sorts of veggies. On the front of the farm, there is a huge plot of corn, with more reaching out to the left of where I stand, as far as I can see. Dotting the land are banana trees, papaya trees, and passion fruit and cucumber vines.
I am so thrilled. So beyond thrilled! This project has every making of a successful entrepreneurship which will provide funds for our supported medical and school programs here in Mombasa. My goal is that once this farm is making a profit, they will not only pay the salaries of the men who work this land tirelessly, but that it will cover costs currently covered by AFCA: school fees, uniforms and shoes for the children, medical supplies, Kids Days, and nutritional support.
The farm manager, Daniel, is as excited as a little kid, answering every single question I have (I have many of them), both professionally and knowingly. He is excited to be part of something that isn’t only growing nutritious veggies and fruit which will benefit the local economy and people, but he is motivated to be part of something much larger. This is not just a farm. This is a farm with a purpose: to allow CBHC to not need AFCA anymore. This, in turn, means that AFCA can start our work elsewhere, where no one else is working and where needs are desperate.
We have a long way to go and I don’t kid myself about that. But, today’s visit is just a breath of fresh air – it is working. This idea of a farm which will provide food for malnourished children in the CBHC program, which will provide food at subsidized cost to mothers who are starting their own small vegetable businesses, and which will allow CBHC to become self-sustaining – it is working!
The big concern raised a few times today is the need for a truck, which will help lug all the veggies and fruit to market. Right now, they are using a motorcycle, which is not going to be adequate in August when both the tomato and the corn harvest happen. One thing is to move leafy greens on the back of a motorcycle…another one is to move 300 pounds of tomatoes per week! I am trying to think creatively to see what we can do while we try to raise the funds needed for such a huge purchase. If anyone out there has great ideas, let me know. Thanks for your support!
While our greenhouse and farm project in Mombasa, Kenya is flourishing, this particular project hasn't achieved the desired donations needed to purchase a truck. We will continue to fundraise through grants and other means because we aren’t going to give up on this project! It is a life-changing project and is worthy of continuation.
Thank you, dear donor, for the support you have provided! We are thankful for you and if you'd like to learn more about our work or if you have any questions, please feel free to write me at tweaver@AFCAids.org. Or, you can receive our e-newsletters by visiting www.AFCAids.org.
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