Through a process based on relationship and coaching, women are being trained in income-generating skills, like sewing/tailoring, baking, and hairdressing, allowing long term independence and freedom from extreme poverty. Children, orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Kenya, are being cared for by the villagers who are training the children to become sustainable long term. This project provides resources for growing food, education, clean water, and basic life skills that prevent disease.
Poverty has perpetuated for generations in this rural area in Kenya, due to drought, lack of opportunities and the AIDS epidemic of years past. Women and children are hardest hit by extreme poverty, children are especially vulnerable to disease or death from unsafe water, malaria, or accidents in their first five years. Married women find it difficult to leave children to earn an income and help with family needs.
By teaching orphans as they grow up how to become sustainable, they, as adults, will continue to build on a solid foundation and make a better future for themselves and their future children. Growing a garden behind the orphanage, gaining basic education and learning how to prevent disease will all contribute to a good future. Teaching women skills they can use to earn an income while keeping children in school or smaller children close by, offers a better future for all.
Generationally, these newfound characteristics of building sustainable habits, increasing income, and obtaining education will be embedded in the families participating. Their future will change and grow in each generation succeeding more than the previous. The expectation and hope instilled in each family will perpetuate. This is the way to end extreme poverty - building slowly into families, villages and countries.
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