Develop self-sustaining projects for young Kenyans

by Vision Africa

Thank you for supporting our projects in their steps toward sustainability.

Through your efforts we were able to help Kandara Children’s Home and Nyamwanga Primary School with a variety of incoming generating activities (IGAs).

Sustainability remains a key focus for Vision Africa and all of our partner projects. We have decided to deactivate this project while we go through a review of all the IGAs that our partner projects are currently operating.  We want each project to find the most efficient and profitable way to run their IGAs and streamline them by encouraging the sharing of knowledge and equipment.

You can continue to follow our work on Facebook or Twitter or check out some of our other projects on GlobalGiving such as Seed of Hope and the St Andrews Baby Unit.

Thank you once again for being part of our team.

Students with Beans at Nyamwanga
Students with Beans at Nyamwanga

We received some fantastic news from Nyamwanga Primary School recently. Working with the students, they managed to harvest 80kg of beans that had been planted in their shamba (farm) which was started thanks to GlobalGiving donations. This is an amazing 20kg more than their last harvest of beans earlier this year. We are now eagerly waiting to hear how their crop of maize has done.

Another business kick-started by GlobalGiving donations was the bakery at Kandara Children's Home. This is already breaking even and making a small amount of profit. On a daily basis, an average of 400 cakes are being baked and then sold in the local community. Many of the small shops (kiosks known as dukas) are happy to buy the cakes from Kandara Children's Home and then sell them on to their customers. The next stage of developing the business is to find a way of transporting the products a little further afield to areas which don't currently receive deliveries of fresh cakes. This will help expand the market and hopefully increase the profits. An added benefit of this business is that the children at Kandara Children's Home are sometimes treated to cakes when someone choses to buy them to celebrate an occasion such as a birthday!

Our thanks go to everyone who has supported our small businesses through GlobalGiving. Your donations have made a real difference and it is great to see the projects working towards self-sustainability.

Birthday Cakes
Birthday Cakes
The GlobalGiving Sow
The GlobalGiving Sow

Last year, we were able to buy a pregnant sow to help Kandara Children's Home on the path to sustainability. The sow gave birth in November and the piglets have grown well. Plans are now underway to sell some of the piglets to raise income for the project.

News of the pig farming has spread to the local community. One man had a pig which he couldn't afford to feed so he decided to donate it to the home. Although it was quite malnourished, it is now becoming much healthier under the care of the groundsman and children at the home. With two sows now in place, it is hoped that the project can grow and produce regular income for the home.

All of this was possible thanks to a donation on GlobalGiving! 

Thank you for your support.

The piglets
The piglets
Baker in Training
Baker in Training

The bakery at Kandara Children's Home has been idle for a number of years. It had been a thriving business with cakes being sold in neighbouring shopping centres to provide income to the home. However, this stopped when the baker unfortunately passed away.

Thanks to donations via Global Giving, the bakery has been given a new lease of life. The oven and baking tins were all scrubbed and cleaned and the fire was set to get things started. When we visited the home, one of the young men who recently finished his secondary school studies was being trained how to make cakes.The small cakes are already being sold locally with the plan to repair a disused motorbike so that they can reach new markets which are not as well supplied as the main shopping centres. 

The children at Kandara Children's Home were treated to the first test batch and were then bought a cake each for breakfast to celebrate the birthday of one of our supporters. This is a great way for us to treat the children while the home gets the second benefit of the additional income.

We are happy to report that Nyamwanga Primary School in western Kenya has planted for a second season. They started farming last year thanks to donations through Global Giving. This was so successful that they are keen to see what this season can produce. As the rainy season is here, planting has been done and we look forward to a good harvest later in the year.

Thanks to everyone who has helped these projects on the path to sustainability. We really do appreciate your support!

The oven
The oven
Farm at Nyamwanga Primary School
Farm at Nyamwanga Primary School

Sustainability was a key focus of Vision Africa in 2012 and will continue to be in 2013.

Thanks to donations through Global Giving, we have seen some of our projects taken steps towards sustainability over the last few months.

Kandara Children’s Home has started a pig-rearing project to raise funds. A pregnant sow was purchased by the home using funds donated through Global Giving. Within a few weeks, she had given birth and there are eight healthy little piglets which are growing well. We were delighted that one of our Global Giving donors was able to visit the home and see for herself what her donation had done!

The children at Kandara Children’s now know to put all scraps of food in to a bucket in the kitchen which is used to collect food for the mother while her young are still suckling. Once the piglets have grown to a decent size, they will be sold to generate income. This is one of several farming activities at Kandara Children’s Home which also has dairy cows and chickens.

Nyamwanga Primary School in Western Kenya has also started farming. The school provides lunch for over 600 students on a daily basis. To help with their feeding programme, some of the funds donated through Global Giving were used to buy tools and seeds so that a portion of land could be cultivated. The rains have been favourable this season and we were delighted to get word that the school had harvested 400kg of maize and 60kg of beans. This will really help the school provide lunch for the students which in turn will help them study and encourage them to attend school.

These are just two examples of the work our projects have been able to do thanks to your support. We look forward to bringing you more success stories in the coming months.

Thank you for making a difference! We wish you all the very best for 2013.

Pig Rearing At Kandara Children
Pig Rearing At Kandara Children's Home

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Vision Africa

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Kirsty Gichimu
Project Leader
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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