After sharing the story of hungry children in Africa, raising funds (thanks to your support!), planting seeds, caring for the crops, enduring the rains, and much waiting...the time has finally arrived for the harvest at AYA's farm! It is a joyful culmination of months of hard work, dedication, and patience on the part of our friends in Africa who operate the farm, and we are pleased to report once again that this year's harvest at AYA's farm has been a huge success! As you are reading this email the harvest has just occurred and will soon be distributed to 4,000 children in AYA's partner schools and orphanages throughout Kenya.
One of the partners receiving food from this year's harvest is Rehema Day Care and Orphan Center in the Korogocho slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Rehema was founded by Pastor Erastus Omukhango and his wife Ruth, who have spent the past several years living amid slum conditions in order to provide hands-on care to desperately needy children in the community. Pastor Erastus and Ruth now have a school, orphanage, church, and feeding program for street children who often fall below the radar of aid programs. In addition, the pair run incoming-generating projects to help sustain their work at Rehema, including a vocational seamstress program, poultry project, and computer lab that serves both students and the surrounding community.
Thanks to your support of AYA's farm, the students at Rehema are receiving food from this recent harvest! Perhaps more than that, they are receiving the hope that people around the world were willing to come together to help improve their lives and ensure their basic needs were met. The children at Rehema are one of 17 total partner schools and orphanages that this year's harvest will be feeding in the coming months. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to provide food and hope to these children!!
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