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

It has been couple of years since we started this project on improving livelihoods for HIV affected families.  Thank you very much for walking the long journey with us and our final beneficiaries. In many different ways we have put smiles in their faces and we have been there to uplift them when they are down and facing many challenges.  On behalf of the beneficiaries please accept our sincere appreciations and good wishes for this New Year.  The project is on-going and once again we request for your support to continue uplifting our beneficiaries and their families.  The year 2021 was conducive for farming activities and they remained busy throughout the year working on their farms and selling their farm produce.  They are now ready for the year 2022 with a lot of hopes that the year will be even more fruitful than last year.  Covid 19 cases are still bothering most of our beneficiaries but we are happy that they have all received covid 19 vaccines and majority have received 2 doses and the few remaining are just waiting for their dates.  Initially some of them were a bit reluctant and confused on whether to go for the jabs or not and some of them consulted us on the same and we encouraged them to voluntary go for the jabs.  At the moment we are in early planning stages for the year and we will definitely plan sessions with them as well as conducting monitoring and evaluation to understand the situation on the ground.  Soon they will be preparing their farms in readiness for planting during the rainy seasons.  We plan to support them with seeds and other planting materials to ensure they have enough for their respective farms. We pray and hope that all will be well in this year and our beneficiaries will continue with their usual activities as planned.  The journey is still long but once we go together as a team it will be easier and less tedious.  Once again we appreciate your continued support.  

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All is well with our beneficiaries in this project despite the challenges and difficulties due to covid 19 pandemic.  Our beneficiaries have remained positive, strong and taking precautions in protecting themselves from covid 19.  We have been encouraging them as initially they were very scared due to their underlying conditions.  At some point the ministry of health reported that there was a significant reduction of people going for their monthly ARVs medication and we had individual sessions with our group encouraging them to be extra cautious and be on medication as prescribed by their doctors.  They are all safe, healthy and they have been busy working in their farms.  The weather has been favorable thus making them busy throughout and enjoying variety of farm produce.  They have also been selling surplus in their neighborhoods thus earning some income.  As earlier reported we advised them to take advantage of the on-going rains in this region.  Early this week the president announced drought and hunger as national disaster in some parts of the country and farmers from this region feel sorry for the affected areas and many families going to bed in empty stomachs.  They are crying to the government to consider buying surplus food from them and distribute to the many families suffering from the hunger.  It is very true there is plenty of food in this region and some going into waste while others are sleeping hungry which is very unfortunate.  The market price is very low in the region and if only the government through the ministry of agriculture can intervene then farmers will be ready to sell their produce at a fair price where they also feel compensated.  The issue of value addition has not been emphasized on and many farmers don’t have skills and knowledge on how they can add value to their farm produce and preserve their products.  In a small way we have trained some farmers on value addition and preservation but they can only do it on a small scale bases since they don’t have equipment for large capacities.  There is need for more trainings on value addition, preservation and marketing to our farmers to reduce wastage of farm produce.  The government has big role to play to actualize these activities.  We are happy for the support given to us in this project as it has played a role in shaping livelihoods of our beneficiaries.  Thank you to all who have made contribution in making our project successful.  We will continue walking the long journey with the less privileged in our society and we will always count on you for even more support.

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The year has not been easy as we hoped for and cost of living has been very high even in this year.  The pandemic has been a nightmare to the whole world.  We are happy our beneficiaries safe and healthy despite all that and we keep encouraging them day in day out.  Their efforts has not been in vain and despite being vulnerable groups they have been very positive and taking suitable precautions to be even safer.  We appreciate our efforts in building their capacity and the support we channel to them as they have been good examples to many. 

They are busy in their farms at the moment planting and taking care of their crops.  Although the rains came late they remained positive after preparing their farms in readiness for planting and there was no time to waste when rains finally came. Their kitchen gardens are looking nice with variety of vegetables and they are optimistic all will be good.  Our idea of fundraising for water harvesting was not actualized and since has taken extremely long, we encourage our beneficiaries to harvest the rain water in any way possible.  They have been reporting to us that they are trying all what they could to ensure they harvest some water during this rainy season.  As a group they are also knocking doors to other service providers, donors and well-wishers to support them in this and other initiatives and we wish them all the best.  We will be more than happy to see them progress, move from one point to another.  We have not given up on fundraising on their behalf but due many challenges, we encourage them also to work hard for other support.  Their achievement is our achievement and to this far we appreciate the support channeled to us your generous support has played a great role in improving living standards of others and making commendable changes.  Thank you so much

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As we start the year 2021, we pray and believe that the year will be successful, full of opportunities and good progress in all sectors. We also pray and wish our donors, well-wishers and friend a fruitful year with more success. Our direct beneficiaries in this project are progressing well and as everybody else it’s their hope that all will be well in this year in the whole world. They are in the process of preparing their farms in readiness for planting during the long rain season expected from mid-March. We are proud of them as they have been working very hard and they practice what they learn in seeds and planting materials preservation. As the rain was plenty last year, they were busy in their farms throughout the year and most of them preserved seeds for planting. We will be organizing more trainings in the course of the year and we always encourage them to visit ministry of Agriculture in their areas for consultation and technical back-stoppings. Since they are well trained and capacitated, they are confident when engaging and socializing with other people and even staff and officials from different departments. Water harvesting challenge is one of the activities that we want to prioritize this year and we will be fundraising for the activity. We had this initiative in the previous years but we had challenges in raising funds to cater for the need. Most households in many regions have no access to running water and it is even worse during the dry spell. By taking advantage of the rains during the rainy seasons we believe that households will have water for domestic use and irrigating their small kitchen gardens especially where they have vegetables as our beneficiaries highly require them for their nutrition needs. To realize the initiative of water harvesting, we welcome our friends, well-wishers, donors and friends to contribute to our project for us to install water harvesting structures in the households of our beneficiaries. We also intend to have ground water collections where we intend to establish simple water pans in various farms mainly for irrigation and for the livestock. Thank you for your continued support and we appreciate all your contributions since we started this project. It is one of the most successful project in the platform and tangible results have been realized through our beneficiaries. Stay safe and we wish you all the best in the year 2021.

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Our beneficiaries are fairing on well, their –progress is quite impressing and we are happy for every support channeled to them especially during these difficult moments as a result of covid 19 pandemic. Our encouragement to the HIV victims has played a big role ensuring they are all safe and observing protective measures as guided by the ministry of health. Many HIV positive patients feared going to the health facilities for their daily drugs and check ups when required. We have been checking on our beneficiaries and we ensured they had their daily drugs as we encouraged them to go for them in their usual health facilities. We are happy that they have been food secure during the pandemic although there have been many hardship facing many people and worse for the vulnerable groups. There have been plenty food in this region and our beneficiaries were busy in their farms. There have been plenty of rains this year hence making them busy working in their farms. Our beneficiaries have confidence with their activities and they have been good examples to many people. They work had in their farms as well as in their businesses for those into business. With this project they have become who they are and they have been sharing their success with others with similar conditions. On their behalf we appreciate all those who have made their status positive and successful and we request for further support to ensure they progress even further. Thank you very much for your contributions.

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Location: MOLO, RIFT VALLEY - Kenya
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Samuel Muhunyu
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