By Alison Johnston Mistak - Director of Development
I was fortunate to make another trip to Kenya in March to catch up with our partner schools and community projects. It was great to see first-hand the impact AYA and the farm are making in the lives of children. Since I stayed with Fred and Alice Afwai in Nairobi, I spent a lot of time Candlelight Primary School and Hands with Hope Safehouse. Fred and Alice are the founders and directors of these projects; they have dedicated their lives to providing education and opportunity to desperately poor children who otherwise may not be able to receive an education or have a safe place to live.
The reason the farm is so vital for these projects is two-fold. The harvest from the farm provides food for the children. There are over 250 children in the school and each child receives a hot lunch every school day. For many, this may be their only meal; the food provides an incentive to come to school and helps children learn better when they are not hungry. As well, 26 children live in the safehouse, and Fred and Alice are responsible to see that the children get three meals a day. Secondly, receiving food from the AYA farm allows more money to be devoted to other needs such as textbooks and teachers’ salaries for the school and clothing and health care for the safehouse.
To see more of Candlelight’s work in action visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qne3gXjm4zk. Please consider helping AYA impact the lives of more children by donating to the AYA Farm on Global Giving.
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