Sheep for Life in Africa

by The Nyanya Project
Grandmothers with Gov
Grandmothers with Gov't Registration Certificate

In early December, Julius Okatch, Nyanya Project Manager for Kenya, visted with our grandmothers in Ndahti at the foot of Mt. Kenya.

The Ndahti Sheep Grandmothers now have four new members and new fencing has been built. In one case, Mary, a Nyanya grandmother, had to use most of the money for her grandson, Clinton, who was hospitalized for several weeks with malaria.

Fencing has resulted in extremely green gardens which provide food for familiesand keep herds of sheep safe.

In the last six months, grandmothers have sold a total of 56 sheep from their herds for a variety of needs, including school fees, clothing, medical expenses, manure, blankets, and utenstils.

Julius reported two major accomplishments by the grandmothers in the last six months. First, they recieved their offical government registeration as a self-help group (see attached photo). Second, with the GlobalGiving funds which they used to purchase new sheep, there have now been a total of 69 newborns from their herds.

The grandmothers are ecstatic with the progress they have made and say that the fencing has helped to keep their herds safe and that they can now grow more in gardens because fencing  keeps out stray animals.

On average, each grandmother now has a herd between 12 and 20 sheep and the fencing is indispensable for keeping the sheep safe, and thereby helping them earn even more money.

One grandmother, Grace, gave one of her sheep to her church as a tithe.

The grandmothers and the Nyanya Project thank you for your continued support. Asanta Sana.


Jambo Friends and Family!

The New Year has brought a continuation of blessings for our grandmothers in Ndahti, Kenya. Last year we challenged you, our donors and biggest supporters, to help us raise at least $5,000 from a total of 40 different donors for our online campaign, "Sheep for Life in Africa."  

$7,125 and 58 donors later, The Nyanya Project became an official partner with GlobalGiving and our sheep project in Ndahti, Kenya was launched.

That was half a year ago. What has your time, money, and support created since then?

On average, each grandmother received three newborn sheep. In the month of November, the original 14 grandmothers in the group were given an additional lamb. Furthermore, some of the grandmothers' older sheep have now given birth.

Our Nyanya Project grandmothers have used the money earned from their sheep for school fees, clothing, medical needs, and/or food. More of their grandchildren are now able to attend school because our grandmothers have earned income from butchering some of their herds.

Talking with our grandmothers at the start of our GlobalGiving campaign last year, they were encouraged by their past success in raising sheep and cows which TNP had given them and looked forward to further success with additional sheep, thanks to the GlobalGiving campaign.

As one of our newest grandmothers, Lucia (age 73), said: “I have been looking for this group. I have been admiring what they are doing. I have three orphaned grandchildren, so I think The Nyanya Project will help make life better for them like it has for the other grandmothers in the group.”

Without your support, the success of Lucia and all of our grandmothers wouldn’t be possible.


Keeping the faith…

The Nyanya Project


"Sheep Grandmothers" Receiving Global Giving Funds
"Sheep Grandmothers" Receiving Global Giving Funds

As we enter the holiday season, The Nyanya Project has much to be thankful for, much of which has stemmed from the generosity and support of our friends and Nyanya family.

This past September, our organization joined GlobalGiving, an international online fundraising platform for registered non-profits, for our online campaign, “Sheep for Life in Africa.” Participating in Global Giving’s “September Challenge,” The Nyanya Project would be offered a permanent membership with the fundraising site if we were able to raise at least $5,000 from a total of 40 different donors.

$7,125 and 58 donors later, The Nyanya Project has become an official partner with GlobalGiving. Our campaign, “Sheep for Life in Africa,” provided fencing and sheep for our current grandmothers in Ndathi, Kenya as well as sheep for our newest grandmothers in the there. Furthermore, the campaign was able to bring in enough funds to train two of our grandmothers in butchering, a vital skill as we have found many of our grandmothers are losing money when dealing with local butchers.

Last week our Project Manager in Kenya, Julius Okatch, delivered the money from the campaign to our Ndathi “Sheep Grandmothers,” who were completely unaware about the Global Giving Campaign and its success. Julius described the surprise visit as one of “jubilation.”

“Honestly, I’ve never seen such happy people in a longtime,” Julius wrote of visit. “They asked me to tell you “ASANTE SANA (Swahili for thank you).”

Asante Sana. We thank those of you who helped us find such great success with our GlobalGiving campaign. We thank those of you who helped us provide a holiday surprise for our “Sheep Grandmothers” in Ndathi delete Kenya. Finally, we thank those of you who have loved and supported us and our Nyanya families in Africa since the very beginning.

Asante Sana and have a wonderful holiday season.

A "Sheep Grandmother" in the fields of Ndathi
A "Sheep Grandmother" in the fields of Ndathi
"Sheep Grandmothers" in Ndathi, Kenya
"Sheep Grandmothers" in Ndathi, Kenya



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The Nyanya Project

Location: Winston-Salem, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Mary Martin Niepold
Founder and President
Winston-Salem, NC United States

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