Education  Kenya Project #39698

Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education

by Hai Africa
Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education
Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education
Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education
Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education
Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education
Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education
Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education
Help Kids in Kabiria, Kenya, into Proper Education

On the last 24 of October, we had our first event in São Paulo to sell a local favorite: Feijoada, a local tradicional dish. But ours it was a vegetarian option, just like the food we serve our babies in Kenya!

With the help with our volunteers and a partnership with three brands, we sold 156 orders of Feijoada - 51 of them were donated to homeless people - and we were able to raise almost 7k Reais. This money will help Hai Africa with important demands, like to continue to distribute food in the Kabiria community to the families of our students and continue to have an open space for the Mamas to produce their crafts that we sell on our online store.

Also in our store, we have a new partnership with the artist Cúrio with two new posters and represents our work in the community and highlights the Kenyan colors and symbols.

As always, Asante Sana to all of those who were part of this!



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Distruibuicao de cesta basica para as familias.
Distruibuicao de cesta basica para as familias.

Following the Government´s determinations in response to the first cases of COVID in Kenya, we closed our Hai Centre in Kabiria and the Mamas company on March 16th. As many of our babies depend on Hai for their daily meals and we have been forbidden to continue offering any kind of food in our space, we started distributing meal kits to our students' families. With this emergency action we aim to protect our families from hunger, since many are unable to carry out their economic activities. In addition, we also want to prevent exposure to the virus by ensuring that they do not have to leave their homes to buy supplies.

To help with this emergency food distribution, our volunteers sold 5 Reais raffles. This action is extremely important to organize ourselves in the midst of unpredictable situations like this and to continue to support our community. And more will we needed, as the local government still haven't signed into any opening dates for the schools in the region.

To date, 86 families have benefited from our action, with 80 food baskets being distributed and 12 Mamas receiving an amount of USD 25 dollars as an exchange of the work they do with us in the making of our bracelets, even while they are not working at the moment. We were also able to avoid the eviction of 3 Mamas, whose rent is currently being paid by Hai.

Due to the results of a survey administered by the Ministry of Health in Kenya, which warned of the level of misinformation about COVID-19 in poor communities, we also decided to organize a report with clarifications about symptoms and the virus contagion. With the help of our teachers, we have developed a brochure in Swahili that will be sent to families by SMS. Our concern at the moment is the low immunity of the inhabitants of Kabiria and the lack of basic sanitation structure in the community, which facilitates the spread of diseases.

With great sadness we also had to cancel our Hai Experience trip that would take place in June and was already fully booked. In Brazil, we canceled our monthly bazaar, which normally finances more than 40% of our organization. We had to postpone our dinner commemorating Hai's 5th anniversary too, which still has no new date scheduled.

Our fundraising was very affected, exactly at a time when we have the high dollar exchange rate. Thus, donations are now very important to us, especially to cover the costs of our emergency action. So, more than ever, Asante Sana.

Distribuicao de cesta basica para as familias.
Distribuicao de cesta basica para as familias.
Uma das imagens informativas criadas sobre COVID19
Uma das imagens informativas criadas sobre COVID19

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I write this open letter with an open and grateful heart fulfilled with an energy that, no doubts, will be hard to put into words. In 2020, Hai Africa will celebrate it's 5th anniversary. Five years ago I found myself in a low income community in Kenya, absorbed by the locals e wish the desire of, somehow, to change the reality of the people around be. As in giving back from the privileged life I found myself having.

I was so wrong. What happen, honestly, was a personal transformation as I lived surrounded by the different and by the people that taught me what true love means.

2019 was a hard year for us, but it was full of learning e strengthening. We spend three months in the field, living in our favorite community and had a health and dental care project with our partners of Por1Sorriso. Those were powerful days with a lot of challenges, as the material and machines necessary for the appointments were held by the airport customs.

With 300 people waiting to receive care and after three days of deliberation, our local volunteers step up -- once again -- and we purchased new machinery in Kenya. Machinery that will now be ready to be used every time we have our dental and health care actions.

We also had changes in our staff. It was a painful, expensive, and complex process. We had to let go two people that worked with us through many years. But it was a necessary measure in the light of our growth and so that we could hold our ethical and values standards. It took an Herculean force to go through all of this with your head held high, but we trusted at the reasons we carry out our project.

During this time I, Mariana, was blessed by the energy and strength of the people that are part of our team, personal friends, my sister (that was present with be in Kenya and it was my foundation), and the volunteers that signed up for specific events throughout the year. I'm, now, thankful for it all and know that what we went through made us stronger. It was necessary obstacles for our growth and for me to remember that Hai Africa is not my. It never were and will never be. But Hai Africa belongs to all of us! You are part of this in so many shapes and forms!

We have so many dreams to conquer and, together, we can go further!

So today I'm here to thank all that were part of this, that got involved with out project, that allowed yourself to learn and that taught and guided us. I would like to thank especially our sponsors, our volunteers, the buyers of our thrift store, our partners, and our friends!

2020 is here and we count with you! It's gonna be a beautiful year and we are ready for it!
As we say in Kenya: ASANTE SANA!

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POR1SORRISO PARTNERSHIP FOR DENTAL AND HEALTH CARE

The period between the end of July and the beginning of August was focused on healthcare in the Kabiria community. In a partnership with the NGO "Por1Sorriso" (that aims to bring dental and medical care to vulnerable communities in Brazil and in Africa), more than 400 people benefited from its medical and dental professionals at one of our partner schools. 

GLOBALGIVING PHOTO CONTEST

Besides that we had a huge accomplishment: our photo - taken by Amanda Lavorato - has been voted the top finisher in the 2019 GlobalGiving Photo Contest! As a result of this, Hai Africa was featured on GlobalGiving website and social media profiles AND we also won a prize of $1,000.

This was only possible thanks to the vote and work of our supporters like you. So, once again, thank you! 

WHAT ELSE HAPPEN IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER?

  • We had a couple of changes in our team in Kenya. Jacob Mkombozi will be our new on-site manager, and two of our "mamas", who already work with us, are now also responsible for our kitchen.
  • Speaking of our "mamas", we have a new space for them to work and create their beautiful craft pieces.
  • Our teacher Leah was asked by a partner NGO in Tanzania to provide a 1-week consulting about Waldorf education.

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Hai Africa

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Mariana Fischer
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