Dear friends and partners,
It has been months of hard work. Together we have been able to make some strides in providing better health for families affected by HIV.
We have continued to provide care and treatment to family members and to those affected. We continue to support pediatrics within our school and also home based visits.
In the last two months we were able to provide psychosocial support to at least 3 families affected. Sadly one of the women we had been trying to get help for in terms of accessing health care attempted suicide and could not recover. She passed on.
On the other hand we were able to mobilize support for one of our beneficiaries to access psychosocial csupport by purchasing beddings and food items. We also supported the daughter who is in secondary school with tuition so she could not miss school in the third term.
It has been tough especially with the realization that self stigma is still a reality in our community. The structure of our incubatee psychosocial support group crumbled because of unrealistic expectatioons that we were not able to bridge and this has led to the group project suffering a lack of co-ordination and ownership.
Natural climatic conditions have also meant we need to write a new chapter of interventions that will not be subjected to such changes as frequently. The green house project held for only one month until the well ran dry. (see pictures). The group was involved in very little of its management and maintenance and ended up pulling out of the partnership.
We have since made a conscious decision not to support in the meantime group project but to run it as an organization and channel the proceeds where the need is highest.
As one community health worker, who is also a beneficiary put it," we had made good progress, but we cannot let it suffer.We will find a way together to deal with stigma."
On behalf of these individuals and families I would like to thank you fellow partners and changemakers for making it possible to do the much we could with the available resources.
We would however want to close this project and focus on the Education Project that is holistic and will still cover children's health.
We will shift in working more with Community Health Workers and individuals on a need for need basis. This would enable us reach the most deserving families.
We want to thank you for the $ 852 raised for this project.
We were able to support the families with inputs for economic activities within the green house and school fee support as well among others.
On behalf of these families our heartfelt thanks.
For those who had recurring gifts, it is my rquest that you shidt it to the project Help Keep 150 Children in School in Nguluni, annually. The giving will support a vulnerable child's future, see msingibora.blogspot.com
Yesterday Monday 8th I met with a section of the women in the Tupendane Group in Nguluni. This was a follow up from the viist by Farley Sawyer of Global Giving. The purpose of the meeting was to inspire the group to work more together so as to build momentum in providing help to those members in the group who need help.
Members and or their caregivers fall sick and they need moral support. They need someone to teach them to eat well and the past few weeks have been sad especially seeing one or two members' health not improving due to lack of proper balanced nutrition.
At the meeting it was inspiring to hear members planning their visits to members' homes so as to find practical ways to meet health needs.
It is my hope that we would get a few friends to help us provide the following meals to about 3 members currently who need consistent support with food and nutrition even as we await the sales from the green house which is doing well. In the next three weeks the first harvets will be sold and the monies used to secure a constant supply of healthy vegetable to affected families.
We can do this through obtaining recurrent giving of at least $50 from 10 friends to help provide a balanced diet to 3 families every month. This will provide a daily provision of fruits, vegetables, proteins , carbohydrates and vitamins to 3 families with 5 members who are affected or infetced with HIV. The nutrition will go a long way in helping save a few lives. This will give a rich meal as in picture 3and not waht we are used to seeing and eating as normal meals o in picture 2
Thank you for heeding the call and thank you for the kind hearted support you have continued to give our programs at Acres of Mercy.
Let us join in this one to save lives even if it is one life. This is precious.. .this is what makes you and I everyday heroes to the communities we have come to live in, share with and hope for.
Together let us save lives one meal at a time.
Since February a lot has happened in the lives of the families we are working with. We are seeing the potential of the project to educate vulnerable children and provide meals for families that need nutritious help.
1. School Fee Support
The project was able to support two teenage girls in their edcation. 1 girl whose mother is HIV postive was taken to school. The project paid forward her second term school fees, purchased uniforms and helped her secure a place in seconadary school, a great achievement given she is the first girl in their family to get into secondary level education. .
A second girl was also supported to purchase a school skirt (uniform support)
Total support for this initiative totalled $132.
2. Greenhouse Replanting- April-Oct 2013 Season
The members of the group were able to work on getting the greenhouse ready for replanting.
The group working in partnership were able to claer the land and prepare seedbeds in readiness for planting of tomatoes.The project managed by Acres of Mercy and the group in a mentoring rel;ationship has taken off and the tomatoes are 62 days old since replanting as at 8th June 2013. 20% of the plants have flowered and there is expectation of fruit development within the next three to four weeks
The total cost for this replanting was $150 including the groups contribution, seeds and nursery replanting kit.
3. Micro Health Support
This is yet to kick off as the group is yet to raise their contribution. We have since kept this on hold so the group can raise their required contribution
Group savings has grown and there are more active members seen in the number of members participating in weekly activities.
5. Passing Gift
Monitoring of this has been a challenge but so far 5 members are ready to pass on animal gifts to other families who are in line. The group leadership will be trained on effective monitoring methods and equipped with monitoring tools.
We want to thank you for the support given this far.
For much more impact on the above we want to ask for you our friends and partners to consider giving at least $500 recurring donations per month on this project over the next 6 months to reach sustainability level.
We thank you again for your continued support
2013 is here and anticipation fills the air
The Tupendane Tufanye Kazi HIV support group met last week to set pace for the coming 12 months with the following areas of focus:-
a. Savings: where the savings will go towards building a revolving fund for micro lending to help improve businesses being run by members of the group
b. Micro-health insurance; that will see Acres of Mercy match every shilling contributed to the scheme in a ratio 1:1
c. Goat/Sheep/Chicken Passing the Gift Program: A program where the animals are to be passed on to members of the group who are yet to receive.
This will also include a recruitment drive to grow the impact of the group
2012 October-November Harvest
The crop in the season Oct -Nov was affected by lack of water and dried up after the first month of harvesting.
We took steps to naturally sterilize the greenhouse to ensure that the next crop will be less affected.
We are currently beginning preparations to plant for the April-Oct season.
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
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.
- 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..
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