The residents at the shelter have been taking up both soft skills and hard skills for their empowerement. In last two months, with the assistance of our volunteers, the women have learnt how to bake marble cake and chocolate cookies. The cooked items are shared by the survivors and their children. We are now able to bake our own cakes during birthdays for the mothers and their babies as well and this cuts on costs.
They have also learnt skills on life skills, entreprenuership, digital literacy, financial literacy and also caregiving. Empowerement is key to our program and helps in sustaining the gains that the survivors have at the shelter and beyond.
Without food armies cannot fight, clergy cannot preach, and farmers cannot produce themselves and our surviors at the shelter may not heal.Your continued donations have been suplimenting our food supply to women and their children. It has actually come to our attention that, due to the balanced diet given to our residents, we have very minimal cases of sickness. Women and children are healthy and strong enough. Steady food supply has also been one of the supporting things when it comes to mental health and continuity of our shelter. .It is through food that the residents have been obtaining nutritious substances needed to live,stay healthy and carry on a happy and productive. The program also feeds our volunteers and staff on duty. This way, volunteers are able to give their time and skills at no cost.
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!
International day of the African Child celebration
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