Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya

by Africa Cancer Foundation
Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya
Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya
Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya
Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya
Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya
Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya

FOOD FOR GOOD FOR CANCER PATIENTS IN KENYA- PROJECT 51672

PROJECT REPORT-AUGUST TO OCTOBER 2022.

Africa Cancer Foundation (ACF) is a charitable Trust, launched on July 12, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya to create awareness on cancer, spearhead cancer prevention and provide holistic solutions for cancer patients.

In April 2021,ACF raised funds on GlobalGiving for the Food for Good project. The project aimed at addressing the nutritional needs of 300 cancer patients and their families by setting up vegetable cone gardens for them to enhance food security and better nutrition during their treatment journey.

ACF has to-date raised over $21,676  from 280 donors out of a target of $50, 000.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Since June 2021, a total of 124 vegetable cone gardens have been set up in 6 counties in Kenya.

ACF  managed to set up 7 new vegetable cone gardens between July and October 2022. The patients were drawn from support groups and treatment facilities in Nairobi and Kiambu counties.

CHALLENGES

Kenya has been experiencing drought over the past year making it a challenge to set up new cone gardens for patients anywhere in Kenya. The situation has continued to worsen due to the failure of four successive rainy seasons. The patients ACF serves are very needy and most do not have access to enough to cater for their needs and water their cone gardens during this dry season.

 

CONCLUSION

Set up of the remaining cone gardens will commence once the weather conditions in Kenya improve.

Thank you for your continued support towards  ACF’s ‘Food for Good’ project.

#GrowEatHealCancer.

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Set up in Aug 2021 in Uasin Gichu County
Set up in Aug 2021 in Uasin Gichu County

PROJECT REPORT- MARCH 19 TO JULY 16, 2022.

Africa Cancer Foundation (ACF) is a charitable Trust, launched on July 12, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya to create awareness on cancer, spearhead cancer prevention and provide holistic solutions for cancer patients. 

To date, ACF has managed to raise over $21,621  from 279 donors out of a target of $ 50,000. The aim of the ‘Food for Good’ project is to address the nutritional needs of  300 cancer patients and their families by setting  up vegetable cone gardens for them to enhance food security and better nutrition as they undergo treatment  for various cancers.  The 6 tier cone garden has a variety of vegetables that the patient can harvest and eat or sell the surplus to make money for other necessities. 

Since March 2022, ACF has only set up 3 new cone gardens in Homa Bay County. The team  focused on reviewing the cone gardens that were set up since July 2021 and training cancer patients and their caregivers on how to grow more seedlings to replenish the cone gardens. This activity was conducted between April 2022 and June 2022. The team visited patients in Kisumu, Nairobi, Kiambu, Uasin Gichu, Nyandarua and Homabay counties with the aim of establishing if the objective of the cone garden project had been achieved. 

The project aimed to set up 300 gardens. 117  gardens  have been set up to date in 6 counties. Factors such as, harsh weather conditions, lack of space, demise of patients and political climate have hindered the set up of the remaining cone gardens. However, as the team waits for mentioned conditions to be more favourable, ACF in partnership with Kenya Seed Company held a workshop for Kisumu Cancer Support Group to train them on how to grow organic seedlings. Each patient also got a donation of 7 types of vegetables to start them off. 

Here are some patient testimonials from the visits. 

“ACF set up my vegetable cone garden on February 1, 2022 and it motivated me to set up a bigger kitchen garden. I have enjoyed fresh vegetables and I intend to get into vegetable farming after my treatment.”  Pamela, Kisumu County. 

I want to thank ACF for the noble and mindful gesture of providing cone gardens to cancer patients in our support group. With the provision of this cone garden, I have been able to learn and practice organic farming. The vegetable produce has met my nutritional needs obtained from the variety of vegetable.The cone garden has kept me mentally and physically engaged. One challenge I have experienced is pests attacking my vegetables. The training conducted by Kenya Seed Company and ACF will come in handy for better management of the cone gardens.’’ Kevin,Leader of the Kisumu Cancer Support Group. 

“The idea of the cone garden was the best gift for us patients. For sure it has been a blessing to me. I can testify that it is a big relief not having to buy vegetables because I have fresh, healthy and organic ones from my cone garden. God Bless ACF.’’ Haika, Nairobi County.

 

CONCLUSION

Overall, the cone garden project has been beneficial to patients and their families.Most patients have replenished their cone gardens and continue to enjoy fresh and healthy vegetables. ACF will continue to partner with Kenya Seed Company to educate and empower cancer patients on how to grow organic food to nourish their bodies. 

Setting up of  the remaining cone gardens will resume in August 2022.

Thank you for your continued support towards ACF’s ‘Food for Good’ project.

#GrowEatHealCancer. 

 

 

Set up at a Wellness Center.
Set up at a Wellness Center.
Seeds display during the workshop
Seeds display during the workshop
Organic farming training
Organic farming training

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ACF has continued to set up cone gardens for patients and monitoring the patients that we set up for in 2021.  Between March 7 2022 and March 16 2022, 17 vegetable cone gardens have been set up in Kisumu. 

On March 11 2022, we did a review by visiting patients’ homes in Kisumu County. The report is as follows:

The first home we visited was in Obambo but unfortunately the patient died on November 11 2021. The garden has been used well and a seed bed has been prepared to replace the planted vegetables. This is being done by the wife who said the garden has really helped them.

The 2nd patient is from Kayakwar. Set up was done in August 2021. The garden was neglected. We advised that the place is fenced off using an old mosquito net. There is a seed bed nearby and his wife has committed to take care of it because they have benefited from it a lot. 

The 3rd visit was in Nyahera. The set up was done in August 2021. Garden is well maintained and has very healthy vegetables and is fenced off well. The beetroot did not do well. 

Another patient in Nyahera, the garden was fenced very well and the vegetables are in good health.  However, the patient wasn’t at home.

In Kajulu, the garden was completely neglected as we could not get any explanation because we did not find him or his wife. Another patient also from the same area completely neglected their cone garden. We could not get the reason because we didn’t find him or his wife.

In Kaloleni, the gate was locked.

In Lumumba, the patient neglected the garden and she wasn’t at home. 

In Nyalenda, the patient’s garden was very vibrant and well fenced. Seedlings are already prepared for replanting. 

 

On 15th March 2022, one cone garden was installed in Nyakach. We also reviewed for other patients we set up for as follows:

A cone garden was installed in Buoye, Kisumu East in July 2021 but the patient said that she had it removed when the vegetables were finished. We reinstalled and asked her to replace her veggies regularly.


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FOOD FOR GOOD FOR CANCER PATIENTS IN KENYA- PROJECT 51672

PROJECT REPORT 

INTRODUCTION:

Africa Cancer Foundation (ACF) is a charitable Trust, launched on July 12, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya to create awareness on cancer, spearhead cancer prevention and provide holistic solutions for cancer patients.

ACF has been a member of the GlobalGiving Community since April 2021 through a project dubbed, ‘Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya.’ The aim of the project is to address the nutritional needs of 300 cancer patients and their families by setting up vegetable cone gardens for them to enhance food security and better nutrition as they undergo treatment for various cancers.The 6 tier cone garden has a variety of vegetables that the patient can harvest and eat or sell the surplus to make money for other necessities.

To date, ACF has managed to raise over $21,436 from 275 donors out of a target of $ 50,000.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS:

ACF has continued to partner with treatment centers such as International Cancer Institute (ICI), Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) as well as patient based organisations who are members of the Kenyan Network of Cancer Organisations (KENCO), the umbrella body for cancer organisations in Kenya to identify needy patients for the cone gardens. The patient based organisations and support groups we have worked with so far include;Faraja Cancer Support Trust,Hope Beyond Cancer Trust, Ushindi Cancer Survivors, Champions Cancer Warriors, Kilele, Cancer Survivors Association of Kenya, Tripple Negative Breast Cancer Group, CisnetC, New Dawn Warriors, Victors Family, Stoma World, Breast Cancer Group, Huduma, Machakos Warriors, Victorious Children Cancer Support CBO and Kiambu Cancer Support Group.

Between  August 3, 2021 and November 23, 2021 a total of 90 vegetable cone gardens have been set up in 6 counties  as follows; Nairobi (14), Uasin Gishu (9), Nyandarua (12), Kiambu (20), Kajiado (4) and Kisumu (31). A total of 108 vegetable cone gardens have so far been set up since the project began in June 2021. 

 

FUTURE PLANS:

Plans to set up cone gardens in Narok and Marsabit have been delayed due to failure of the short rains that were expected in October and November 2021. The setting up of the gardens will commence once the rains begin.

ACF has been monitoring the cone gardens that have so far been set up and offering support in replenishing the gardens.

 

CONCLUSION:

The food for good project has been of great benefit to cancer patients and their families by providing a variety of organic and nutritious vegetables. Some patients have gone an extra mile to set up bigger kitchen gardens vegetable for themselves.

ACF is continuing to count on the support of well wishers to expand to more counties in Kenya by donating on the GlobalGiving platform. It truly takes a village to #GrowEatHealCancer.

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INTRODUCTION:

Africa Cancer Foundation (ACF) is a charitable Trust, launched on July 12, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya to create awareness on cancer, spearhead cancer prevention and provide holistic solutions for cancer patients.

ACF participated in the GlobalGiving’s April 2021 Accelerator campaign for a project dubbed ‘Food for Good for Cancer Patients in Kenya.’ The aim of the project is to address the nutritional needs of  300 cancer patients and their families by setting  up vegetable cone gardens for them to enhance food security and better nutrition as they undergo treatment  for various cancers.  The 6 tier cone garden has a variety of vegetables that the patient can harvest and eat or sell the surplus to make money for other necessities.

To date, ACF has managed to raise over $21,022  from 311 donors out of a target of $ 50,000. ACF earned a permanent place on the GlobalGiving platform and a social media badge.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

GlobalGiving disbursed $18,122.35 to ACF on May 28, 2021. ACF confirmed receipt of $18,122.35 and an additional amount of $302.27 on June 26th 2021 after bank deductions. Part of the funds have since been used to set up vegetable cone gardens for patients in various places.

ACF partnered with patient based organisations who are members of the Kenyan Network of Cancer Organisations (KENCO), the umbrella body for cancer organisations in Kenya to identify needy patients for the cone gardens. Five (5) patients from Symbol of Hope Warriors support group in Kariobangi North, Korogocho and Dandora informal settlements had vegetable cone gardens set up by ACF in June 2021. Another five (5) patients from Stoma World Kenya had vegetable cone gardens set up in Kibra, Kenya. Another partner, Tumaini La Maisha Health Services had one (1) vegetable cone garden set up at their Joanna’s House in Ngumo Estate, a hostel that houses cancer patients and their caregivers at affordable rates, while being treated in Nairobi.

On the occasion of Africa Cancer Foundation’s 10th anniversary on July 12, 2021, one (1) vegetable cone garden was set up at Kariobangi North PAG Church  in Nairobi, for the cancer support group members of Symbol of Hope Warriors, who meet there regularly.

Six (6) cone gardens  have been set up for  patients receiving treatment at the  Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kisumu. A total of eighteen (18) vegetable cone gardens have so far been set up in Kenya.

Each cone garden has 6 different vegetables namely; kale, spinach, African night shade, beetroot, coriander and spring onions.

 

FUTURE PLANS:

ACF has set out to set up 300 vegetable cone gardens in 6 counties namely; Kisumu, Nairobi, Marsabit, Nyandarua, Uasin Gishu and  Narok. The project has taken off in Nairobi and Kisumu in June and July 2021.

Beginning August 2021, set up of the vegetable cone gardens will begin in Nyandarua and Uasin Gishu counties.  

Set up of vegetable cone gardens for Marsabit and Narok are planned for October 2021 during the short rains season.

Monitoring and evaluation of the cone gardens will be conducted after 3 months to ensure the patients are benefiting from the garden and guide them on replenishing it with new seeds and seedlings.  

CONCLUSION:

Cognizant of a myriad of issues affecting cancer patients and that the caregivers are mostly women who cannot manage to put food on the table daily because their earning power has drastically gone down due to COVID-19 pandemic, it is humane for them to be supported during this period.

Eating traditional leafy vegetables and fruits is a rich source of vitamins and minerals for the patients. They are being encouraged to consider eating food as medicine and not medicine as food.

ACF is continuing to count on the support of well wishers to expand to more counties in Kenya by donating on the GlobalGiving platform. It truly takes a village to #GrowEatHealCancer.

 

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Africa Cancer Foundation

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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