Project #5181

Improve Livelihoods of 225 HIV-affected families

by Network for Ecofarming in Africa

This project has enabled many HIV affected families, to regain hope in their lives. They have embarked on activities that generate income for their households and also give them an opportunity to interact with others, making them appreciate their status and live positively.

There initiatives have spread within their localities, helping to create awareness on the importance of living positively, hence reducing stigma. Many are the ones who participated in this year’s World Aids day, and gave their testimonies of improved livelihoods through living positively.

We wish to thank our donors for their continued support. We are grateful that you have helped change lives.

After receiving heavy rainfall this year, which is still continuing the yields have also increased and we now have enough food for our families.  The training provided on garden management has also contributed to the high production after practicing what we learnt.   Although some crops has been affected by heavy rains we have more gains than losses and we are happy for the support provided.  Beneficiaries also received tree seedling to plant in their farms for woodlots and also for environmental conservation and protection.  As a result of heavy rains, the tree seedling are doing very well and soon they will be enjoying the “fruits of their labour”.  Thank you for those opting to support us in one way or the other despite their own issues.

We were praying for the rains, and rains we got but too much than we had expected, we agree climate change is a big contributor to what we are currently experiencing. 45 beneficiaries were trained on garden management, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and during the training one issue that came up very clearly is the importance of integrating indigenous knowledge with modern science to cope with new emerging weather conditions, to ensure food security. Most of the beneficiaries have planted diverse crops and looking forward for a good harvest, and others are benefiting from small enterprises, and we believe together we can make a difference and ensure food security for our communities.

We thank our donors for their continued support.

The year 2012, started off as a very dry year, all over the country. We are in the month of March, by when we normally expect the long rains, but there no signs of rain coming soon. In regard to this, we are taking measures on how the beneficiaries will be able to cope with the changing weather patterns. Diversification of the planting materials to suit the current weather conditions, having new beneficiaries taking on small enterprises after trainings, so far 10 beneficiaries have acquired small stalls, and with the support we have received from our donors they will embark on their small enterprises (fruit and vegetable stall, rearing rabbits and chicken for sale). Capacity building on garden management and climate change issues, have been proposed and we hope to undertake them once we have enough funds, for all the involved beneficiaries to be in a position of increasing their production in consideration of changing weather patterns. We thank our donors for supporting our project, and request for their inputs on how we could improve on this project.

The project aims to ensure that families infected and affected with HIV/Aids are supported to improve their livelihoods and have access to Nutritious balanced food.  In the year 2011, 196 families benefited and more awaiting to benefit and this shows that participatory approaches involving all stakeholders as well as empowering local communities to take charge of HIV/AIDS problem have more chances of success.

 "I gave because I am a nurse and understand the value of disease prevention through good nutrition and physical activity. Teaching the importance of good nutrition is essential!! Thank you!" Renee Martin, U.SA.

Scaling up of experience obtained, exploiting indigenous knowledge of the area, improvement in information flow and dealing with unmet needs are some of the strategies for the way forward in attaining sustainable solution for HIV/AIDS and orphans problem.

We thank our donors for the success of the project so far.


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Organization Information

Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Location: MOLO, RIFT VALLEY - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Samuel Muhunyu
Project Leader
Molo, Rift Valley Kenya
$8,573 raised of $18,000 goal
163 donations
$9,427 to go
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