Girls at Rehema
When it comes to farming, rain is essential. There have been many times when we have spoken to our partners in Africa that drought is threatening, and they are praying for rain so their crops and gardens will grow. This year, however, the area of Kenya where AYA's farm is located has experienced heavy rains. The result has been a delay in the ability to tend to the crops, an unusually high amount of weeds (which requires the purchase of additional weed killers), and the delay of constructing a fence around the farm, which will protect the vulnerable crops from thieves. This has put a burden on AYA's team in Africa, as they struggle to extend the pay of the workers, purchase unplanned for weed killer, and hire guards to protect the farmland until the fence can be constructed.
AYA's farm feeds extremely vulnerable and needy children in 17 partner schools and orphanages throughout Kenya. The photo included in this report is of two girls who attend Rehema Day School, one of the primary recipients of food from AYA's farm. Thousands of children are depending on the harvest expected in late October/early November. At present, we are concerned about this year's harvest if we cannot address the needs created by the extreme rainfall.
In the U.S. non-profit world, the summer is typically a down time. Most fundraising pushes happen earlier in the year or during the year-end giving season. Therefore, AYA does not currently have the extra funds to address these unexpected challenges due to the heavy rainfall. As the summer is winding down, would you consider giving towards the AYA farm's pressing needs created by the extreme rains?