Strenthening and Transforming families in rurals

by Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre
Strenthening and Transforming families in rurals
Strenthening and Transforming families in rurals
Strenthening and Transforming families in rurals
Strenthening and Transforming families in rurals
Strenthening and Transforming families in rurals
Strenthening and Transforming families in rurals
Widows receiving fertilizer
Widows receiving fertilizer

The strengthening families program is doing very well.  The widows received their fertilizer in April although the rains delayed.  Our rain season is in April, but this year the rains started later in April.  The planting was done but it was different from other years. Every person planted at her own chosen timing because the rains were not consistent.  Therefore the maturity of the crops is different but they have done very well.  The harvest will not be at the same time as it has always been.

They received the fertilizer according to the number of acreages and most of the women have done a good job.  They cultivated their crops very well and they top dressed with CAN.  We perceive a good harvest despite the challenges.

This program has been successful because all the fatherless children in different families can have food on their tables. We are not helping one individual child but we are helping the entire family.  The widows are very happy and their testimonies are very encouraging.  Their children do not work on farms for food, they go to school every day.

This would not have been so without your support. Your commitment, prayers, and support have changed the lives of widows and their children.  These are women who have no jobs, they have no education and their breadwinners have gone.  Some of them have been denied access to so many things since their husbands who would have defended them are no more. You have given them hope, they have realized that someone from far, can remember a widow and her children.

It is my prayer that you will continue to share this cause with friends and families.  We will appreciate if we will have more monthly supporters, $10 put together makes a big difference. Nothing is small to accomplish this mission.  Together we can change the world.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Green maize, second last stage to harvest
Green maize, second last stage to harvest
Maize ready, waiting to dry up, then harvest
Maize ready, waiting to dry up, then harvest
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Last year's distribution, a widow receiving seeds
Last year's distribution, a widow receiving seeds

Last year was a good year for the widows and women from poor families. Agricultural inputs provided for these families made a big difference, they had enough food for this year and this has improved the health of their children.  Our summer is always pathetic, most families go hungry because there is no food and no jobs since they can only work on farms when it is raining.

This program has been successful because these families had food and as they prepare for another planting season they are not going hungry compared to the last years when they never used to harvest. This has been so because they had quality farm inputs which gave them good harvests.

 

We are grateful to those who have given to this program. We managed to give agricultural inputs to more than 30 families and we are hoping to do the same this year. We do not have monthly donations on this program and it is our prayer that we will be able to receive support to meet this goal.

Many of the children we support are full orphans, but more than half have one living parent and all have a family member to care for them at home. We do not want to change that, because we believe it is best for children to live with their families. However, we see that severe poverty and instability at home erect barriers to learning and development, and so our program offers Home-based sponsorships to help children and families facing the greatest challenges in needy communities we serve.  This is why we have this program to curb food insecurity.  Without food, these children will suffer from malnutrition, they will not go to school and they will not be happy, just because they have no father or both parents.

It is our prayer that this program will help us bring hope in the lives of the hopeless. Let's stand with the orphans, widows, and the poor. Thank you

Fertiliser
Fertiliser
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Widows meeting
Widows meeting

This year we gave agricultural inputs to the widows and poor families from the community. Since our staple food is ugali (a mixture of maize flour and water served with vegetables or chicken) we managed to give them fertilizer and maize seeds.  We gave them according to the size of their farms.

We had good rains and therefore we had good harvests. Last month, October we had a meeting with all the women to hear their stories after harvest and we were overwhelmed.  Each of them brought maize grain to us and we had 250 kilograms for the children's home.

This program has encouraged us because we are not only working with the children in our care but we are changing communities. The widows' stories were overwhelming, they couldn't control their happiness and gratitude to those who made this to happen.

 

It is our prayer and hopes that you will be able to share the good work you are doing with friends and other family members, to help us build up this program. We dont have enough monthly supporters and therefore we are limited. We are now supporting children while staying in families to reduce the number of children in institutional care. The numbers are always big but it's good to work with community members to support more children.

We are grateful for each and every support. Nothing is too small for us, every donation makes a difference.

One of the widows testifying
One of the widows testifying
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This is what they received
This is what they received

We have had tough times all over and life back in the village is unpredictable. With the Covid 19 pandemic, Lockdowns and curfews are the order of the day. Many families are going through hardships, women surviving on small businesses are not making it due to curfews. All these things affect the children and growth in communities.

However, allow me to thank you for your generosity and prayer. We have seen smiles and change on the faces of the widows who received fertilizer and seeds during this year’s planting season. Things have not been the same. The maize plants have done very well and are almost ready to harvest.  As they wait for the maize to dry they can at least have something to eat because they are ready.

This has turned out to be well thought of program. Tumaini is not only helping one child but a family. The widows can now smile because they have something on the farm. It is different from having one child in the home, supporting that one child while the widow and the rest of the children are at home suffering. This program is helping us to reach out to the widow and the other children as we educate one child from the family.

Our mission to bring a lasting positive change shall be accomplished through this program. Reaching out to the widows and poor families in the community is the best program I have had, fertilizer, seeds, skills is a way of bringing a lasting change.

It is our prayer and hopes that we will have more people come together to help us continue with this program. The program is almost dormant, we don’t have monthly support as we would wish to have.  It is always our request that you share with others what you are doing. This will bring more support and we will be able to make a difference. 

Words are not enough to express the joy you have put on these women’s hearts! We are so very much grateful. Let us go the extra mile and bring other people on board. YOU are doing a wonderful job!

The Maize ready
The Maize ready
Beneficiary standing on her farm. Maize did well
Beneficiary standing on her farm. Maize did well
This boy is our student and they are happy
This boy is our student and they are happy
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Widows receiving farm inputs
Widows receiving farm inputs

It is sad to report that our county is undergoing the third phase of Covid 19 which has turn out to be worse than the second phase.  The number of cases per day than what we had during the second phase of the pandemic.  Our capital city and other towns are under lockdown.

However, our villages are safe and we are trying to follow the measures to the later. It is also our planting season and we are glad we can work in our farms.

We have always supported one individual child and we are glad we can be able to support families especially the widows and very poor families.  We are encouraging many widows to stay with the children under our support program and this has given us an opportunity to support other children. These children need food and other necessities at home and it is the reason why we have this program.

This planting season has been a different one, it came out in style.  We were able to provide fertilizer and seeds to 28 widows.  This will enable them to have good harvests that will help them feed their children.  After harvest they will give 20 kilograms of maize to those who didn’t get the inputs. 

This program has given us an opportunity to work in the village and get to know the needs and what we can do to improve the lives of families. As you can see the donations are not much, it is our prayer that you will share the good work you are doing with those close to you.  This will help us to reach out to more and the children will have enough food at home.

We thank you all for giving to this project.  It is a very powerful tool to change lives.  Once again thank you for your generosity. 

DAP fertilizer
DAP fertilizer
Happy to receive the hybrid Maize seeds
Happy to receive the hybrid Maize seeds
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Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre

Location: Malava - Kenya
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Rose Bugusu
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