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!!
The Horn Of Africa Development Initiative (HODI), the organization behind the HODI Peace Center for 1000 children, has recently moved to a better office. This was done to accomodate more staff and increase privacy for community members who visit our offices. We have some fantastic memories of our old offices but change is always needed in life to motivate people. We hope to continue doing great work with the commnuity within which we work.
The Peace Center has so far received over $6000 in contributions from numerous donors who have kept the dream alive. But this still leaves the project requiring about $30,000 to be completed. Thus, we still need you to continue supporting this project and bring us closer to our goal. Over 1000 innocent children in northern Kenya need you to ask your friends, relatives and colleagues to contribute to the project in order to have a shelter over their heads. Let us keep the dream alive!
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.