2013 was a tough year for HODI as an organisation and we only managed to pull through the tough situation. The new year has come with new blessings and opportunities for HODI and all those who benefit from the activities and programs of HODI. The same year saw us losing one of our promising young girls as she dropped out of school due to teenage pregnancy and getting the acceptance from the family and how to handle the entire situation seemed tough.
One year down the line the child-mother has every reason to smile as she revives her dreams of returning to school which seemed lost and never to be regained. Your donation has helped her be trained in SHAMBA HODI the kitchen gardens and provided with a kit to start a small garden with 10 sacks. Here she will be planting Sukuma Wiki a common vegetable that she will feed her family with and sell the surplus to earn an income which will go towards her education.
As a pastoralist girl child second chances are hard to come by but through your donation you have lit the light of hope for a CHILD Mother. Tell us what you think and share her stories with your friends and family. Together let us RESTORE HOPE!!
Darmi is a young mother aged only 23 year old and a mother of three children who was identified as being vulnerable in her village. In her life she has done small odd jobs to be able to feed her family and the rest of the time depend on relief food. She has never thought in her wildest dreams that she will one day have a product to self and feed her family. Every day she bought water at 1USD for 20 liters and used this for cooking, cleaning and other household chores. But this was never sufficient and she will beg from the neighbours for more water. The family could not afford the luxury of 3 meals in a day and they will do a simple breakfast and lunch with no supper. Again each day she needed money to buy vegetables which some days she could not afford. Life was tough until when she joined hands with HODI and decided to turn things around for herself.
She had several unused relief sacks in the house and brought 3 of them for the training on kitchen gardening and how to reuse waste water. Today she is a champion and is an envy of her villagers who still wonder how she did it all alone. Today she has earned the respect of her husband by contributing to the family budget and each day she counts how much she has earned from her sack garden. As a champion of the initiative she trained more women on how to do the simple Shamba HODI and turn around the lives of many more women. So far 7 households have taken up the initiative in her own village. HODI provided her with a 5000liters water tank for rain water harvesting. Now she does not have to spend the entire day looking for water instead she saves the water and uses it during the drought period. Her children now eat well and are able to go to school which she could not afford before and she is thankful for all the support. Each day bring joy to Darmi and her family. You too can help RESTORE HOPE.
Thank you for your continued support as your support is helping many families to cope with changing climate and related disasters.
The main challenge currently being experienced is over reliance on food aid and most families don’t believe they have the capacity to grow their own gardens. Lack of sufficient water is another major fallback with the kitchen gardens. Despite all this hurdles we hope to raise $300 to help 1 family to start kitchen garden on pilot basis. The amount raised will be used to train the household on kitchen gardening; provide seeds; ploughing equipments, fertilizers and water tank. We hope to train 10 households in 10 villages and they will replicate the same in 10 households. The ultimate target is to reach 100 households and we cannot do it without your support.
Time has been tough and even tougher with failed short rains of October - December 2011 and the sun extremely hot but amid one old man Mzee Sabur has raised hopes and challenged many his age and peers in the community. In the beginning, with no education he entirely depended on his livestock and when all were dead due to severe droughts his hands were tired until when he met HODI and team. It is from one of these meetings that he took up the challenge and uprooted some crops which he had planned earlier but could not pick due to drought and opted for tomatoes. In the beginning it was only 7 seeds he planted because that is all he could get his hands on and later added 25 more to make it 32 plants.
So many mocked him as he created his own local green house with torn cloths as top cover and tins as his drip irrigation. Some months down the line we visited him and the joy on his face could not be hidden and the hope of getting more seeds to expand his tomato plantation. The demand is so high that it is the buyers who wake him up in the morning before breakfast to pick the ripe ones for sale. As his plants increase in number so is the demand for water and this is a big challenge and some days his plants go without water. But despite all this challenges and obstacles he has been able to overcome hunger at his home and support his family financially.
As HODI we are challenged to replicate the same in other villages and households through purchase of seeds and water tanks for water storage and drip irrigation. With your support we will be able to have more examples of homes with basic food security.
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