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Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-Affected Families

by Network for Ecofarming in Africa
Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-Affected Families
Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-Affected Families
Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-Affected Families
Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-Affected Families
Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-Affected Families
Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-Affected Families

Our beneficiaries are progressing on well despite the corova virus cases in the country.  Initially when the first case was reported in Kenya in March, our beneficiaries who are HIV positive were very stressed and worried.  Of course we were all were but due to their health status they were more scared and considered themselves helpless, they called us often for advice and guidance and we encouraged them to stay home,  avoid socializing,  washing hands regularly, eating healthy and observing general hygiene.  In some parts of the country the victims feared even to go to the health centres for their drugs an initial which was very concerning and later they were assured safety in health centres and they were encouraged to continue with medication.           We did not receive such case from our beneficiaries but we have continued to encourage them to go for the drugs once they finish.  They are happy they have a lot of farm produce in their gardens thus ensuring that they are food secure.  They are also selling the surplus for income generation during these difficult moments in the country.  Most citizens in the country are food insecure as a result of the pandemic as they don’t have any income.   We appreciate the effort of our beneficiaries s they have been working hard in their farms and the weather has really favoured them since the beginning of the year.  It has been raining and they have taken advantage of the on going rains.  They ready farm produce in their gardens and they are also planting more.  We are proud of this project and our beneficiaries too as they have owned the project to improve their living standards as well as their status.  We thank you all for your generosity and your continued support and together we have great achievements

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The success of this project has been realized through support and donations by our GlobalGiving friends locally and internationally, well-wishers and other partners something that we value and proud of. We appreciate all of you for your kind contributions towards this project. Our beneficiaries are humbled by your generosity and they wish you all the best in everything that you do as they wish you more success in this New Year. We are not left behind in extending our appreciation to all of you we value all the support channelled to us so as we can extend the same to the less privileged in our society. As the year starts, we plan to continue the journey with our beneficiaries and we are committed in assisting them whenever possible. The year have started quite well with rains in many parts of the country a great change from previous years where January is referred to us the most dry and hottest month with very little in the farms. Farmers have crops in the farms and they are planting more taking advantage of the current rains, our beneficiaries have informed us that they are doing fine and they managed to do seed savings after the trainings and they now have plenty of planting seeds and other planting materials. They have also updated us on livestock rearing and they are very happy they are not struggling for pastures, feeding materials and water compared to previous year where January and February they struggle a lot for pastures and water for their livestock. They are optimistic that the weather will be favourable in a way that their crops that are in the farms and the one they are planting will do well and they will have good yields. This way they are sure they will be food and nutrition secure. They are also happy for the value addition trainings we have conducted as they are now into value addition especially when there is surplus produce and demand is low. Thank you to all who have contributed in making this project successful l; let’s continue the journey together for more achievements.

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This project has progressed very well and our beneficiaries are very successful since they started the journey with us. Although the year started with many challenges, eventually the situation improved and all has been well. There has been rains since May this year after prolonged drought in most parts of the country. As previously reported, there have been a lot of farm produce and our beneficiaries are not left behind in terms of production. They have been harvesting and planting short term crops and enjoying variety of products from their own gardens. The income they have been earning from sales of surplus farm produce have been catering for other family basic needs as well as paying school fees for their children. We are happy that they have achieved a lot from this which has been made possible by the generous contribution from our friends and well-wishers. Thank you for improving livelihoods of our people. Those who received livestock have not been left behind as they have been enjoying eggs, milk and meat from chicken, goats and sheep. Their diet has also been great since they have been getting most of the animal proteins that they require most. During the distribution, we had agreed that those who received the livestock will share with the rest once the livestock get young once and many have received chicks and others are waiting for the kids and lamb from goats and sheep. This has been great step of ensuring that all our beneficiaries will have livestock once the chain is complete. There have been internal trainings on animal husbandly for the project beneficiaries where they are being trained various animal management practices an exercise which has been very important to all of them. We hope to have many more trainings to ensure that they gain more knowledge on livestock management so that they can also be training other community members. Thank you for all the support that we have receive and we request for more support to enable us achieve even more.

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We are happy to report that there has been major changes since the last report.  It has been raining since May and our farmers are now smiling after a hectic dry spell that affected them seriously.  Our beneficiaries are not left behind and they have been working on their farms tirelessly.  We were able to distribute seeds, fruits and tree seedlings as earlier reported.  Trainings on climate change and environment conservation are also on-going and we hope our farmers will do what they are expected to do to improve the situation.  We also distributed some livestock that is sheep, goats and chicken and our beneficiaries on this project benefitted they received seeds, seedlings and other planting as well as livestock and they were very happy.  Their progress is very good and their health too.  There are a lot of vegetables now and they are getting plenty from their kitchen gardens and they are enjoying balanced diets.  They are also earning income from the sales of surplus thus improving their living standards. 

This project has been very successful and we are happy for the good impacts that we have achieve.  We are proud of our beneficiaries who have improved, healthy wise and financially compared to the situations they were in before our intervention.  Some of them were bed ridden before our intervention but they are now very healthy and strong and so their families who were also affected in some ways.  They have been giving testimonies and of course encouraging others who are in the same situation and feels discouraged and losing hopes in life.  Thank you for your wonderful support and choosing to improve other people’s living standards. 

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As reported previously, the prolonged drought in the country has affected everybody in the cycle.  We had a lot of high hopes that the situation would improve but unfortunately it has been worst.  Our project beneficiaries prepared their land long time ago with hopes of rains coming but that has not been the case and to some extent some farmers had already planted unfortunately due to lack of rains some seeds did not germinate while those germinated withered afterwards.  They are now requesting for the support for the seeds and planting materials as they have nothing to plant.  Towards the end of April there were some rains in some parts of the country.  In Nakuru County where our beneficiaries are, we received some rains and farmers started planting expecting the rains to continue but we are now all concerned as the rain has not continued.  Those who planted, their crops have germinated but they need rains at this point.  It is very confusing at the moment as farmers are not sure how to continue.  We remain optimistic that the situation will improve soon and the rains will resume as farmers continue planting.  Livestock rearing has been a hectic for the farmers due to lack of pastures and as earlier reported, our beneficiaries are really struggling to feed them and also to provide water for the livestock.  Next week we will be distributing seeds, fruits and tree seedlings to some farmers to support them during this difficult period as we educate them on climate change mitigation so that they can understand the importance of planting trees in their areas as well as environment conservation and protection.  We also intend to distribute dairy goats, sheep and chicken as well to improve their worse situation especially on improvement of living standards.  During the distribution of livestock, seeds and seedlings, we will as well consider our HIV/AIDS victims to benefit from this initiative and especially those who are more vulnerable.  We are happy that despite the hard situation we are still in a position to support them and help them get started after a very difficult period.  We appreciate our well-wishers and donors for supporting our beneficiaries and improving their living standard.  We request for more support to help our farmers and beneficiaries especially on food and nutrition security as well as reliable source of water for domestic use and simple irrigations during the dry spell to ensure the continuity of vegetable production and water for the livestock.  Thank you for your generosity

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Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Location: MOLO, RIFT VALLEY - Kenya
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Samuel Muhunyu
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Molo, Rift Valley Kenya
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