The year 2012, started off as a very dry year, all over the country. We are in the month of March, by when we normally expect the long rains, but there no signs of rain coming soon. In regard to this, we are taking measures on how the beneficiaries will be able to cope with the changing weather patterns. Diversification of the planting materials to suit the current weather conditions, having new beneficiaries taking on small enterprises after trainings, so far 10 beneficiaries have acquired small stalls, and with the support we have received from our donors they will embark on their small enterprises (fruit and vegetable stall, rearing rabbits and chicken for sale). Capacity building on garden management and climate change issues, have been proposed and we hope to undertake them once we have enough funds, for all the involved beneficiaries to be in a position of increasing their production in consideration of changing weather patterns. We thank our donors for supporting our project, and request for their inputs on how we could improve on this project.
The project aims to ensure that families infected and affected with HIV/Aids are supported to improve their livelihoods and have access to Nutritious balanced food. In the year 2011, 196 families benefited and more awaiting to benefit and this shows that participatory approaches involving all stakeholders as well as empowering local communities to take charge of HIV/AIDS problem have more chances of success.
"I gave because I am a nurse and understand the value of disease prevention through good nutrition and physical activity. Teaching the importance of good nutrition is essential!! Thank you!" Renee Martin, U.SA.
Scaling up of experience obtained, exploiting indigenous knowledge of the area, improvement in information flow and dealing with unmet needs are some of the strategies for the way forward in attaining sustainable solution for HIV/AIDS and orphans problem.
We thank our donors for the success of the project so far.
The project aims to ensure that families infected and affected with HIV/Aids are supported to improve their livelihoods and have access to Nutritious balanced food. Current initiatives where 300 households have benefited and more awaiting to benefit have shown that participatory approaches involving all stakeholders as well as empowering local communities to take charge of HIV/AIDS problem have more chances of success.
Scaling up of experience obtained so far, exploiting indigenous knowledge of the area, improvement in the information flow and dealing with unmet needs are some of the strategies for the way forward in attaining sustainable solution for HIV/AIDS and orphans problem in Molo district as a whole.
The Food and Nutrition security project, has benefited 250 households in areas of kitchen gardening, fruit and vegetable stalls and small livestock. There has been a drawback due to loss of chicken through diseases, but interventions have been taken to ensure that in future such losses do not occur. As the beneficiaries increase production and diversity their activities they are achieving economic stability albeit in their own small way. Beginning beneficiaries have so far moved ahead and their successful work has been very useful for demonstration and training to others. The fact that currently many people in the northern parts of Kenya are facing extreme food shortages due to drought has made Kenyans come together to donate and provide for their brothers and sisters. We were very moved by this project's beneficiaries who came together and contributed 10,000 ksh towards buying food for the hungry in Northern Kenya. Tabitha, one of the beneficiaries who presented the donation to our office for forwarding to the Kenyans for Kenya kitty had this to say; " We are very happy that we have enough to eat and sell, our children are healthy and attending school all because somebody came to our help, and that is why we are joining hands with other Kenyans to help those suffering from famine". We wish to thank all our donors and may God bless the work of your hands.
As the project progresses, so are the number of established kitchen gardens, fruit and vegetable stalls, benefiting about 200 households. Previous beneficiaries have embarked on diversifying their activities especially in areas of marketing their farm produce to earn income, which they use to pay school fees, buy school uniforms and supplement family needs. One great success of this project has been the inclusion of rabbit meat in the beneficiaries diet, because traditionally it was consumed by young boys, but through awareness forums and nutrition information the households are benefiting more from rabbits which they are also selling to other members of the community hence creating awareness on the importance of good food choices at minimal costs. We wish to thank all our donors who have contributed immensely towards the success of this project.
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