Since 2003 Fountain of Hope Youth Initiative has been giving the needy families and those badly affected by HIV/Aids a reason to smile during Christmas by giving them Christmas gifts mainly basic needs like foodstuff, clothing etc. This festive season we are planning to give a nice Christmas gift to over 700 needy families badly affected by HIV/Aids and extreme poverty. Our areas of coverage include Kiambu East & West districts, Some informal settlements in Nairobi east (kiambiu slums) in Kenya.
80% of Kiambu populous live below a dollar. HIV/Aids and lack of adequate farming land has fueled poverty. Pouring fire on already blazing flames of hard living is the current weather patterns and droughts. Inflation rate in Kenya stood at 17.3% in September 2011 with basic foodstuff costing higher that many major cities in the world. With many families not even affording a decent basic meal planning for Christmas is like fairy-tale.
This project will select the neediest families. The criteria of selection will give priority to families affected by HIV/Aids, widows, orphans and those in abject poverty. The project will be delivered in 3 ways, 1 we will have a basic package mainly of foodstuff to be given to many households. 2 Special packages of food, clothes & toys to most needy families. 3. A Christmas retreat party to 80 children prioritizing on orphans and most poor. Remaining resources will be used on books and uniform.
During cerebration period many poor families are left out and have a feeling of odd one out. This project aims to give a sense of inclusion and belonging to as many poor families. This will help them restore self esteem and just like other families enjoy. A basic meal of chapati and juice means Christmas to many and this project aims to do just that.