Learning how to grow your own food is the first step to ending hunger. At the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya the children are not only learning reading, writing, and arithmetic - they are learning how to take their lives into their own hands and to grow into strong, self-sufficient, and self-confident adults. Our teachers begin teaching the children how plants grow and how to plant, weed, water, and harvest them from kindergarten to 8th grade. They learn how far from each other the different plants must be planted, how to look for parasites, and how to keep the plants healthy. Once their treasures in the school garden are ready for harvesting, they learn how to harvest in a way that the plants aren't harmed so that, for example, green vegetables can go on growing after the harvest. The joy of watching their plants grow, harvesting them, and then after the mamas have cooked them in the school kitchen, eating the vegetables and legumes - and watching the other children enjoying them as well. These are not only lessons for life - they are lessons that can save lives!
We are still hoping to be able to buy farmland so that we needn't pay for the 3 acres of land that we must rent. Having our own farmland will not only save the money we must pay for rent - it will make the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center more self-sufficient and independent.
Thank you so much for your kind support - Asante sana!
Not only the parents must learn to grow crops and care for animals - so must their children! It is a community responsibility that every parent of Live and Learn in Kenya Internationalschool children take part in community service. All of the mothers take turns in groups to cook and clean the kitchen and dining hall. All parents take part in preparing the fields, planting, weeding, and harvesting - drying the grains and corn and grinding them into flour. Those are adults' jobs!The children are there to learn and play and enjoy life - a life that should be filled with sweet hours of joy and fun - creativity, imagination and, amazement.
But the children must also learn how to one day take care of themselves and their future families - and that entails learning how to prepare, plant, weed, and harvest their small crops in our school garden - how to take care of animals like cows - and how to cook what they have grown and cared for!
We usually just go to a supermarket to buy our food - take it home and...if you are like millions of westerners - put it in a microwave oven and wait for the bing! That's now what life is like for millions of people in Kenya. They must learn to work for their food and prepare their meals - which is a much healthier way of life in the broader picture anyway!
Thank you for helping us help the children to learn how to work for their food!
We hope to raise funds to buy a field in the near future so that we won't have to pay the expensive rent for a field.
Life is hard - and it has gotten much harder over the past 13 months - especially now that Kenya is back in a full and strict lockdown since March 2021
But life goes on and the children have to be fed! The parents of our Live and Learn in Kenya International children take turns working on the field growing crops of beans, maize, and green vegetables for the children's school lunches. They toil away preparing our rented acre of the field for planting - plant the crops - weed the field - harvest - set the maize and beans out to dry and then make flour out of the maize. The mamas are responsible for all kitchen work at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center's kitchen. That doesn't only include cooking - but also preparing the fires for the huge stoves - slaughtering animals - pluckining the chickens - serving the meals - and then cleaning everything up.
It's this work that lets the parents know - and feel - that they are a part of the Live and Learn in Kenya International community. It also shows their children - who are looking on and taking this all in - that they can be proud of their mamas and papas and how much they love and care for them. It shows them what needs to be done in a community - in a family.
We are very proud of our Live and Learn in Kenya parents. Kudos to them all!
Asante Sana - thank you for YOUR wonderful and generous support!
Life isn't easy these days...Covid-19 has spread its ugly wings to all parts of the world. Either we learn to live with it until a way is found to end the pandemic - or we fail terribly. At the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru we have decided to go on as well as possible. The Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l community is a strong one. Parents know exactly how important education is for their children's futures and are willing and able to be role models when it comes to showing the children what is necessary for everyday living. They may not be able to teach them how to run a business or even help them with their homework - but they can show them how to care for animals that give them meat and milk - and how to farm the land to grow crops for themselves and their families. When possible, the older children help with the farm work at the Center's rented field. We grow as much of our own food as possible and the parents do all of the work - from clearing the field - planting - weeding - watering - harvesting - drying the beans, maize, and grains. The children who are too young to help at all watch! They see what is necessary.
Our dream is still to be able to buy the field that we rent so that we would not be forced to pay the rent - which is quite high. Maybe 2021 will be a magic year for us! We can only hope - and get to work while we're at it.
Thank you so much for your kind support and happy, healthy, and joyful 2021!
School meals are most often the only meals of the day for many, many children. Live and Learn in Kenya International is proud and happy to be able to make very nutritional and tasty meals available to all of the 480 children on its program. 300 children attend the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center Kindergarten and Elementary School. These children receive both breakfast and lunch every school day. On Saturdays, all of the 480 children on the program come for tutoring, activities such as sports, dance, music and handicrafts - and lunch. Sad to say, the coronavirus has put an end to this from March 15, 2020, until the end of the pandemic - and lockdown. Parents have lost the few and low-paying jobs that they had and are not able to walk the streets freely. Where there is no source of income, there is no source of obtaining food. We at Live and Learn in Kenya International - both in Kenya and in the mother organization in Germany - wracked our minds on how to get food to our children and their families. It was not possible to distribute food for two reasons - gathering larger groups is forbidden and if people found out that food was being distributed they would storm the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center to get whatever they could - understandably. Riots of that kind had already broken out in Nairobi where people were literally trampled to death. We couldn't let that happen. After many restless nights, we came up with the solution: M-PESA! M-PESA is a possibility to transfer funds within Kenya to cellphones. Once funds have been transferred, the person need only go to one of the many M-PESA agency offices and fetch the funds in cash. For those parents and guardians with no cellphone access, it was possible for them to come to the LLK Center in small groups to fetch the money personally. Live and Learn in Kenya International began the Corona Emergency Relief Fund and after weeks of hunger and fear parents were able to buy food and soap for their families. In time for Easter, we were able to transfer nearly $33 to each of the families of the 480 children. This was enough to buy rice, beans, flour, and soap. In May it was $27. We are hoping to go on providing at least a minimum of $25 every month until the end of the pandemic when parents can go back to work and earn their wages themselves. Until then they are depending on the charity and caring of strangers.
It is a difficult time for all involved - all around the world. Financial distress is coupled with the fear of contracting the virus ourselves or our friends and loved ones. There are so many unknowns. But one thing is certain - we will only get through this pandemic by working hand in hand - in Swahili they say Harambee - "joining hands and working together for a common goal" - and this common goal is staying alive!
If all goes as planned and prayed for - school will begin again for the new school year in Kenya in January 2021. All grades will be repeated as the children have been officially out of school for more than 9 months. That when we will be able to resume our feeding program and needn't transfer funds to parents any longer.
Please stick this one out with us for a couple of more months!!!
Asante sana - thank you so much for your kind and generous support!
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