Feed &Empower Domestic Violence Survivors -- Kenya
By Susan Carman - Board Member, EMI
Thanks to the plentiful rain this season in Kenya, the gardens at Agatha Amani are flourishing. An international volunteer has provided solid guidance in sustaining our Permaculture program. She put together classes for the residents and tracks their progress in learning the principles of this approach to agriculture. As the residents progress, they take on roles with more responsibility. EMI has one resident who was selected for an internship as Farm Supervisor. Another resident has begun work as Farm Caretaker, with her earnings set aside to provide funds for when she transitions to the community. EMI is intentional in providing growth opportunities for individual residents, in order to prepare them for independent living.
The residents have been working to write their personal stories, as a means of both healing and empowerment. They have also been assisted in writing resumes. As many are still quite young with limited work experience, strengths assessment is important. Their resumes may be aspirational at first, but this exercise provides focus for the future.
We continue to plan for our expanded capacity. EMI has secured an agreement to purchase the adjoining property, and are working with an attorney to secure the title and finalize the purchase. We have funding for the new fencing that will be required. Once that is completed, we plan to purchase and equip a greenhouse.
We appreciate those donors and volunteers who support our work to provide healing for survivors of gender-based violence. At Agatha Amani House, we are working to provide these women and their children with hope for the future.
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