For the last like 3 months, it has been very dry, receiving very minimal if any rains. The support from GlobalGiving has been boosting our food program for the women and their children at the shelter. We have had good meals regrdless of the drought that has been there. The support from GlobalGiving has helped us to also feed our volunteers who come to support us with their skills and knowledge.
On 14th February, we celebrated Valentines with all women, children, volunteers and the staff members. We had a day full of love, joy and happiness, self-love and love from each other, our animals and plants! Cake cutting was a unifying moment, with love songs and as we also had a transition ceremony as we celebrated and said goodbye to one of our beneficiaries going back to the community to start an exciting new job! Our GlobalGiving supporters and donors made us feel loved that day and every other day of the year as you continue to support us!
The continued donations from GlobalGiving is a great support to our shelter. We have been able to continue feeding our residents. The power of food bought with this donation and put on our table is clear; sustained and nourished women and children.
We have been able to also offer some special meals with our residents during public holidays like the latest one, Mashujaa Day.
Through same donations, we have also been able to purchase organic seeds and organic seedlings for our own planting and production of vegetables in our small farm. We have been producing enough vegetables and selling the surplus to our nearby market and also some to feed our animals; chicken and rabbits.
We have also been able to feed some of our residents who exited and reintegrated back to the community. For a period of 6 months, we are responsible to support them and their children as they pursue a course in hairdressing.
To all GlobalGiving supporters, we are much greatful for this continued support; giving to us as a shelter has been one of the reasons we are able to keep our doors open everyday! and we know that it has also been the inspiration behind your Loving Hearts.
From the support that we have been receiving from GlobalGiving, Agatha Amani House has been able to provide food and basic needs for the residents and their children. Despite being full house for the last one year, and with at least 2 volunteers at any given time, the shelter has been able to provide sustainably. We have been farming and thus have enough vegetables, eggs and milk which has greatly reduced our overall monthly costs as a shelter. From the chicken, cows, rabbits and the farm, we have been able to provide balanced diet to all our residents and also to make an income as we also sell the surplus. Apart from food, we have also been using the donations received for medication as some of health services are not fully waived by our government hospital that has been helping us with medical services for the survivors and their children. We recently celebrated Mother's Day and also the International Day of the African Child through the donations that we receive and we had a golden chance to celebrate our women and their children. We have also been buying ingredients needed for bread and mandazi baking for training the women and the bread/mandazis they make during the lessons has been part of their breakfast. We were also blessed with a food donation from Safaricom. We cannot expresss how greatful we are! A big shout out to all our supporters!
The continued donations from GlobalGiving have been of great support to our organization. Feeding our sheltered women and their children is one of the basic activities of Agatha Amani House and this feels a great achievement. We have been able to continuously provide balanced diet to them all, even with an increased number of women and children.
Apart from the daily to daily feeding, the donations also greatly enabled us to take our residents for a nature walk during Christmas and the New Year celebrations that were done in a more special way. We also made it to have a jubilee birthday celebration for all the women and their children where we celebrated their birthdays together, shared a cake and also appreciated each other. During the valentine day on 14th February 2022, we celebrated our residents and staff, sharing words of love and encouragement.
Our Smile Beyond Covid-19
The reality of living through the COVID 19 pandemic has expressly struck socio-economic structures in our country. As a shelter, we have been exiting rescued women and rescuing more following the influx of SGBV cases since March -13 -2020 when Kenya reported its very first Covid-19 case.
As a shelter, we recently transitioned 2 women and reintegrated them back to the community. One of them, a mother of 2 (Ella) is now pursuing a Diploma in Social Work and the other one, a mother of 1 (Jeddy) is working in a cake shop. We are currently hosting 12 women and 13 children and we have been able to cater for their basic needs through donations and vegetables produced from our farm..
October 20th, we celebrated Mashujaa Day (celebrate heroes), a national holiday celebrated in our country to celebrate veteran heroes. Although the day honours the country's heroes who fought for freedom from colonial rule, it represents much more than meets the eye. As Agatha Amani House, we had an opportunity to celebrate our residents who are heroes in many ways.
Currently, 6 of our residents are pursuing certificates courses in Business management and marketing, sponsored by European Business University (EBU). This is a great milestone to our beneficiaries. " This will be my second certificate to own in my life apart from my birth certificate." Say Jeddy, one of our residents. The knowledge is equipping them with entrepreneurial and business skills.
We have been practicing Permaculture which involves the cultivation of plants and rearing of animals in natural ways. Stewarding the land as we steward the souls and hearts of women is a fulfilling and a beautiful thing for us. Our shelter embrace farming as a way of being self-sustainable. We have been producing our own vegetables, eggs and milk. We also continue to use biogas for cooking and solar energy for lighting. Sustainability is one of our key projects.
We also recruited a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer who is helping in monitoring all our projects progress and impact. We have 2 volunteers with us who are helping with different roles; at the shelter and farm as well.
Thanks to donations from U.S. and international supporters. With the help of Donations received and matched by GlobalGiving, we have already started establishing our Food and Eco Forest.
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