Drought throughout Kenya is having a terrible effect on crops causing many families to miss meals or greatly reduce normal portions to try and get by. Virtually all of the guardian families served by MCC asked about the possibility of any relief food at their most recent visits. Some of the younger kids are too weak due to lack of food to make the long walk to schools, or are too weak and fatigued to be alert and do well in their studies. Elderly and the children face the greatest risk at this time.
We continue to ask for your support in this fight against malnutrition and starvation. In times of severe and urgent need the projects you help fund are more important than ever. With the new water pump and expanded solar power the Centre will be able to expand the garden plots available to guardians. MCC provides them with seeds so they can have fresh vegetables as well as staples from the food baskets. We need to continue these projects to prevent future malnutrition, but at this time the need is very immediate and life threatening.
Thank you for supporting Makindu Children’s Program.
May 9, 2019
Extra Support Delivered to Orphans with HIV
By Diana Richardson - Executive Director
Makindu Children's Program supports many children infected with HIV, and the households where their guardians care for them. So many of these young people have lost one or both of their parents so rely on extended family and the kindness of friends like you, our generous supporters who provide food, education and care from all over the world.
Recently the Makindu Children's Program raised funds to provide the households who depend upon us with dairy goats for extra food security. In this effort, we were able to extend an additional goat to our neediest dependents, especially to the guardians who are caring for children infected with HIV. So many of these households rely upon Makindu for daily food support, from the lunches provided by the school program to the vegetables grown on the Makindu garden plots. By providing more than one goat to these households, we help them with nutritious milk to drink, and also to make cheeses.
Coming up, to honor the "Day of the African Child" on June 1st, Makindu Centre will host educational workshops on healthy relationships and caring for those infected with HIV, to support the guardians and caregivers of these children, like the grandmother of our jovial young friend shown here, Okeyo. Grandmother sells fruit in the town to provide for him, hardworking even in her old age.
We will share more with you after the workshops take place. Thank you for your help for these vulnerable kids.
Apr 16, 2019
Vocational education empowers with valuable skills
By Diana Richardson - Executive Director
Empowering Girls in Kenya continues to be one of our main goals. Makindu Children's Program sends girls to college if they score high enough marks on the entrance exams. For those girls who don't make the cut, we offer them valuable skills training in local vocational schools.
Two girls have thrived with their vocational education and are well on their way to becoming successful business women.
The first girl, let's call her Anna, showed great promise with hair styling as a young girl. She often did the hair of our guardians, the staff and some of the children, and impressed everyone around her - and this was BEFORE her hair dressing education. We sent her to vocational training and upon graduation purchased the supplies needed to open her own shop, along with two months rent. This was 3 years ago, and today she is one of the most popular hair stylists in Makindu, making quite a name for herself as the best in hair extensions. Anna also visits the Center occasionally to offer support to the children, encouraging them to do well in school and find an enjoyable skill.
The second girl, let's call her Wamua, showed great promise with dress making and tailoring, again BEFORE any formal vocational education. We sent her to tailoring school and upon graduation purchased the supplies needed to open her own shop, along with two months rent. This was just 3 months ago, and she is already successful, with her popularity rising in town. Wamua's skills are so extraordinary, and her business sense quite keen, we are hiring her to sew some of the new 500+ school uniforms we need annually for the kids. Wamua is the now the breadwinner for her household, providing for her grandmother, 8 siblings and cousins.
Please help us continue to empower young orphaned women!