Despite experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades throughout much of Kenya, the AYA farm actually improved its harvest this year and was able to deliver a total of 220 90kg bags of corn to 20 AYA partners. This achievement came at a vital time as corn and food prices continued to rise. An accelerating inflation rate of over 16% more than doubled the price of corn to $50 for a 90kg bag. So, because of the help of generous AYA supporters, we were able to provide $11,000 in food to our partners!
However, you don’t have to understand a lot about economics or commodities to know that the current circumstances in East Africa can gravely affect the nutrition and well being of children. Most of you, have seen the horrific images of starving children that have recently been in the news. While the children served by AYA partners, are not literally starving, they are affected by high food prices and inflation. Many are malnourished, miss school when the school can’t afford to provide lunch, or become vulnerable to living on the streets as their families cannot afford to take care of them.
With the holiday season fast approaching, we ask you to consider making the AYA farm part of your holiday giving. We were thrilled to learn that 3 acres adjacent to our current farm are for sale and hope to raise the $15,000 needed by the end of the year. Not only can you give directly on our Global Giving page, but Global Giving provides the ability to create your own fundraising pages or registries so that friends and family can give in your honor http://www.globalgiving.org/givingtools/.
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