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
Caroline and her store
Caroline and her store

Caroline is a client from the Mikindani area of Mombasa and is an active member of the support group which helps her by providing counseling, assistance, a shoulder to lean on, and hope.  Her first born son Austin is also a client at the clinic and has been received school fees to help cover his education.  He's graduated from the Teacher’s College and is currently waiting to be employed by the Ministry of Education.  

We are so proud of Austin!  He has come so far from the young boy who was so sickly and who didn't think he'd survive.  Both he and his mom were worried about his life, as he'd contracted HIV at birth and had gone a long time without proper care.  Now, to see him!  What a fantastic story of survival and dreams coming true!

Now, Caroline is part of a project where moms are trained in budgeting and business management so that her children will no longer require assitance from AFCA.  She is now running a vegetable business and it’s helping her to meet the basic needs of her family (2 other younger children are included in the family). She has been purchasing the vegetables from our project farm at a subsidized price and she resells them at market value.  This helps our farm project grow and it helps her provide for her family.  Better yet, she knows that she has been given an opportunity that so many desperately want - to start her own business.  Even though it is small at this point, her wish that she will expand her business in future.

Thank YOU so much for contributing to this project which is not only giving a future to families, but is also feeding little ones who need food.  Together, we are making dreams come true and we couldn't do it without you.  We trust this project will keep growing so that more and more families can have the same feeling of accomplishment and hope as Caroline's.

Veggies for Sale
Veggies for Sale
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Carolyne and four of her children.
Carolyne and four of her children.

Her name is Carolyne and she is 48 years old.  She lives in one of Mombas, Kenya's slums and every single day of her life, she prays for an ease to her difficulties.  She hopes for a better life for her 5 children and the pressure of raising them alone mounts as the children get older and they need to go to school.  A widow since her youngest was in her womb, Carolyne has felt the brunt of hunger, need, and desperation for a long, long time.

Now, though, thanks to YOU, the children and Carolyne are eating better.  Why?  Because Carolyne received budgeting training and is one of the women who has started a small business thanks to our greenhouse project. Yes, every day, she helps harvest vegetables grown inside and outside the greenhouse including tomatoes, peppers, kale, cow peas, onions, and squashes.  She buys the produce at a deeply discounted price and resells it in the market.  The money she pays for the produce is saved by our project for next year's seeds and for future repairs on the greenhouse.  Any money she earns is hers to keep!

Now earning approximately $40 per week, Carolyne can feed her children and they can go to school. Just like a mom, any mom, anywhere in the world, she is thrilled that her kids are full and that their future looks brighter.  She is looking forward to expanding her business and is just thrilled to think that her children have a future that includes schooling and that they will have the possibility of leaving the slum.

During this holiday season know that you have been an instrument of change in Carolyne and her children's lives.  What a legacy!

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Seedlings growing
Seedlings growing

Oh, so exciting!  Here's a fun update regarding our sustainable food project:

  • We have five women who have been trained in budgeting and marketing and who daily purchase vegetables at a discounted price and re-sell them at the market.  They little businesses are doing well.  As the greenhouses produce more, more women are ready to start their own businesses, as well.
  • 48 children are receiving free vegetables due to their malnourished state
  • Women receive green (kale, spinach, etc) to help the mom's as they grow stronger after deliving their babies.
  • The organic greenhouse is producing awesome vegetables and a large grocery store  is waiting for the first harvest already!

This is a pretty exciting project, as we can see it is coming together quite nicely.  So many people are benefitting now...we can't wait to see how many more will benefit when the entire project is complete!

If you'd like to visit this program to see first hand what you've done by supporting this project, you are welcome to. Go visit the greenhouses, the clinic, the children and families.  Join us on one of our Vacation with a Purpose trips and help us build a house for one of the orphaned children.  Just get in touch with me at tweaver@AFCAids.org and we'll get you on the road to Mombasa, Kenya, where you are touching lives you haven't yet met.  I hope you will meet them, though, and that you'll see the difference you are making.

Kids who received vegetables
Kids who received vegetables
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Tomatoes ready for sale
Tomatoes ready for sale

Our first greenhouse in Mombasa continues to produce an innordinate amount of tomatoes for moms to sell at the market and for children to eat.  Beyond the greenhouse walls, kale, spinach, sweet potatos, onions, potatoes, peanuts, and cow pea continue to be harvested, as well.  The excitement is almost too much to bear, as we know that this is a project that is producing much and which is giving hope to many.

But, we can't just stop planning just because our first greenhouse is a huge success!  So, in the spirit of innovation and planning, we are now establishing our first organic greenhouse on a larger track of land in Mombasa.  It is so large, in fact, that we are planning on erecting 10 greenhouses on that land, each with a 1/8 acre of drip irrigation outside the greenhouses.  In these areas outside, we'll have maize, passion fruit, melons, kale, potatoes, onion, and much more. More than food, though, what we are growing is a self-sustaining way for the clinic in Mombasa to function.  With the sales of tomatoes and peppers to hotels frequented by foreigners, the clinic will, in time, be able to sustain itself.  With the sales of other veggies at hugely discounted prices to moms in the programs, new seed can be purchased and the borehole and greenhouses can be maintained while moms earn an income to help their families.  

It's all good.

It's exciting.

It's FANTASTIC.

If you'd like to visit this program to see first hand what you've done by supporting this project, you are welcome to. Go visit the greenhouses, the clinic, the children and families.  Join us on one of our Vacation with a Purpose trips and help us build a house for one of the orphaned children.  Just get in touch with me at tweaver@AFCAids.org and we'll get you on the road to Mombasa, Kenya, where you are touching lives you haven't yet met.  I hope you will meet them, though, and that you'll see the difference you are making.

Harvesting Tomatoes
Harvesting Tomatoes
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit
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Sometimes we like to dream big.

So, we started dreaming of drilling a borehole in one of the farms we work on in Mombasa, Kenya in an area known as LungaLunga.  This land is 50 acres large and has so much potential for maize, sorghum, potatoes, melons, and all sorts of amazing things to grow.  But, year after year, trial after trial, our crops fail because the rains never come and when they do come, they are just not enough. 

The dreaming began and we decided that we couldn't just dream...we needed to act.  So, this year, we sent funds to our friends in Mombasa to start drilling a borehole that will provide water and nutrients for the plants we want to grow on the land.  The borehole is being dug, friends.  It is happening!  It really is happening.

I find it hard to believe the things that a small organization takes on sometimes.  WHAT in the world made us believe we coudl get a project that costs close to $20k done when we have all the expenses of medicine, food, school fees and supplies, medical equipment, and livestock to deal with?  I think the reason we believe we can do this is dual - faith and hope.  We have the faith to believe that the project will work.  We also have the faith that people will give because they care.  And, we have the faith that the project will be successful and that many, many children will receive good veggies and fruit due to this generosity and hard work.  Where does hope come in?  It is seen all over the faces of tired mothers who want to feed their little ones well, who work hard to provide for their families but yet, cannot affort a tomato.  It is in the handshakes and hugs we receive when we visit - the hope that their children will have a better, more healthy future than they did.  How in the world couldn't we keep that hope alive? 

Well, thanks to you and to so many others, we are doing it.  We are getting that borehole dug, friends, and soon, I'll send you a photo of it, producing water on the scorched land.  Thank you for caring.  Thank you for being part of a dream. Thank you for helping our faith grow and for keeping hope alive.

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