Sustainable Food Project for Children in Kenya

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Sustainable Food Project for Children in Kenya
Sustainable Food Project for Children in Kenya
Sustainable Food Project for Children in Kenya
Sustainable Food Project for Children in Kenya
Sustainable Food Project for Children in Kenya
Sustainable Food Project for Children in Kenya

Our garden project, which not only provides food for our children at the orphanage, but directly benefits 22 by working and selling our produce. We are happy to report that we are transforming more than 150 lives through our garden and rice project. We stand out from the rest of the farmers in our community because we keep producing organic vegetables by using organic pesticides and organic farming which is healthy food for our clients.

Through appreciative inquiry exercises we've kept our garden doing better in production, we learn and inquire and seek advice from others to make sure we stand out. Through our garden, 120 children are able to attend school, fees for 5 high school girls are able to be paid and the kids at our orphanage are eating balanced diet food that is healthy for their body growth.

Thanks to the support that AFCA has shown to this project from the beginning.  Through our working together, the fruits of our effort are being felt in the community and we are still determined to make sure that this project stands on its own.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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I would love to share the story of one of our kids in the high school.  We currently have four high school students in our program and we celebrate that they are on schedule to graduate in December!

Penny is one of the twelve kids that we are taking care of at our orphanage since 2012.  She lost her parents to HIV/AIDS.  Before we took her, she was living with her aging grandmother together with her three siblings.  By her being the first born, the family was depending on her, so she was washing people's clothing and working on a farm to get money so that she could take care of her family.  She would miss school frequently due to her responsibilities, her home life and also the lack of school fees.

After hearing all of her story, we decided to give her a change at our orphanage so that she would have an opportunity to learn well, eat well and grow to meet her full potential in life.  With love and support, she is thriving and making an effort in school to eradicate the poverty that exists in her family.  Penny acknowledges and is very thankful for seeing her through her journey of education.

Penny will be sitting for her final exams (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) in December and she is working so hard so that she will have a chance to join university so that she can pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

On behalf of Restoring Hopes, I would like to say a BIG thank you to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for your generous support of our kids.  You are not only helping them, but helping the entire community through their education.  Thanks for touching lives and sparking hope to our kids.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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Restoring Hopes is still committed in our effort in ensuring that families affected/infected by HIV/AIDs are becoming self-sufficient.  We are not stopping our work until we see that they can stand on their own.  In our journey towards our vision we want to give a BIG thank you for supporting us through our various projects (sisal, garden, orphanage, tailoring, pigs and school). With your support we are seeing a great impact in families directly benefiting from our program.

I wanted to share with you more specifically about Barb who is an employee in our sisal project.  She does twining work in producing good quality sisal twining rope that are being sold in hardware shops and supermarkets. She is a 38 years old widowed for now 7 years. She is HIV positive and has accepted her status with 6 children of her own.  The sisal project has been a “backbone” and a provider to her family. Before this project she was jobless and was working on people’s farm to earn an income, this being seasonal work she did not have a secure job of her own to depend upon. Because of the sisal project she now has a secure decent job and she is able to comfortably take care of her family through the provision of food, medication and paying school fees for her children. She loves her work and is proud to be associated with the project. And on behalf of Restoring Hopes, we are proud to spark hope to many families, and we thank you for working side by side with us to see that we achieve our goal.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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It's been an unusual year in all parts of the world, and we are not an exception with the devestating effect of Covid-19 affecting our operations.  Though we feel the effects of the virus, we've had some great strides and success in our work and I'm excited to share it with you.

Our organization was started with a vision to see NO hunger amongst the families affected/infected by HIV/AIDS within our region of Miwani.  We work with women in our projects as agents of positive change in the lives of the families.

Our garden project creates jobs to 12 women working three days a week earning a livable wage so that they can take care of their families while also ensuring that the project is growing to be self-sustaining.  Lila is one of the women who is affected by HIV/AIDS, having lost her husband 10 years ago, and is working in our garden project.  She is 42 years old and was raising 6 children with no job.  Life was so hard for her that at some point she ended up in prostitution to make ends meet for her family.  Thanks to your support and generosity, she can now earn a decent daily wage from a job she is currently working three days a week at our community garden.  Lila can now smile that things are not all bad with her life.  She can comfortably provide enough food for her family, pay the school fees for her children and pay for medication for herself and her children when needed.

On behalf of every woman employed in our project, we send a BIG THANK YOU!  

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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I would like to tell you about Ama.  She is one of the grannies earning a living through our sisal project by making sisal rope.  She is raising five grandchildren and it overwhelms us with happiness that she is soon graduating from poverty.  How?  With the savings from her sisal earnings, she has been able to plough the piece of land that her husband left her with.  She bought seeds that will be enough to plant in her land, and now she is just waiting for the rains so she can plant.  I asked Ama how she got enough money to plough and buy seeds.  She responded, "I used to save money in a small pot inside the house and when I opened the lid, I was surpised to have saved enough money."  Ama went on to tell me how is she is self-sufficient now.  Meals are not a problem and she can comfortably pay the subsidized school fees and medication needed for herself and her grandchildren.  She finished by saying, "I can not imagine how my life would be without the sisal project.  I am praying for AFCA who has made my life good now and decent.  May God provide for all that AFCA needs so they can help many more like me."

Our garden project is transforming lives and giving many families hope for smiles, as now women working in our garden project are earning a fair daily wage.  They are happy to be able to provide food, pay school fees and start their own income generating activity.  Penny was able to start her small business project of cooking and selling food to school kids.  She is able to manage her time for garden work and her business so well that she can earn even more to keep herself self-sufficient.  Penny will also soon be graduating from poverty!

All our programs are geared towards transforming the lives of those affected or infected by HIV/AIDS and we are looking forward to the day that HIV/AIDS will not be present in our community.  Until then, nothing will stop us from our work.  A big shout out to the donors and friends who have made it possible for us to bring hope and transform lives in this part of the continent.  We say THANK YOU!

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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