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
Greenhouse
Greenhouse

The Portriez Shamba (garden) was started to benefit our clients with vegetables to add vitamins into their food
intake and since then, we have seen great improvement in their health

Sixty-seven clients and five support groups with 20 members each have benefited from the trainings regarding preparation of gardens, planting, weeding, harvesting, and other management skills. Some clients have really tried to build small kitchen gardens though the challenge they have is lack of water.  Lack of water seems to be one of our biggest issues here in Mombasa.  We don't lack hard working people or families who want to eat better and to do what they must do in order to eat more nutritionally.  What we need is water!

With the lack of water in mind, we studies greenhouses and with the help of AFCA, we purchased on for this land.  Right now, seedlings are ready for transplanting into the greenhouse and we hope to have the first harvest of tomatoes and sukuma wiki (Kale) in late January.  When this happens, we will celebrate big because this will be a huge thing for our clients and the children in our program.  I can't wait for this.

Thank you,

Veronica

our tomatoes!
our tomatoes!
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This is the goal
This is the goal

This week, this very week, is an important week for the project in Mombasa.  This is the week when a greenhouse will be installed in Portriez, the smaller garden site.  In it, tomatoes and peppers and melons will be grown - all items that are usually imported because they are so difficult to grow in Mombasa's hot and humid weather.

Why is this so exciting?  Simple:

  • Children in the program will have veggies to complement their diets
  • The program will start moving, slowly but surely, towards the path of self-sustainability by producing their own food
  • Food which is typically very difficult to grow in Mombasa will grow well in the greenhouse, as our photos show
  • Maize and hardier veggies will grow right outside the greenhouse, using the same drip irrigation system, providing even more food for the kids
  • Seeds will be saved for other gardens or for the next year's planting season

Thank you for being part of this, friends!  We'll send updates as plants start growing and veggies are harvested. 

Outside of Dream Greenhouse
Outside of Dream Greenhouse
Beneficiaries with AFCA Director
Beneficiaries with AFCA Director

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So Happy to Receive Goats!
So Happy to Receive Goats!

Dear friends,

One of the photos taken by the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) has been selected as a finalist in a contest hosted by Global Giving.  Here is the link where you can vote for our photo  http://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=21/.  I took this photo while in Zimbabwe during a goat distribution to grandmothers who are raising AIDS orphans.

The photo which receives the most votes by noon on August 15th will win $1000 for the organization from GG, plus $3000 extra in matching grants we've been pledged AND it will be highlighted on the Global Giving home page, which opens us up to many more donations.  Voting starts on August 1 at noon EST, so we must get ready to vote and to ask others to vote as well.

Only one vote will be accepted per email address, so voting more than once from the same email address does not count. 

Please send out emails and post on social media as soon as you can.   Think creatively, too.  You can take your laptop to a café and you can ask people to vote for us right then and there.  Or, take your smartphone to work and ask all of your colleagues to vote.

On behalf of the kids,

tanya

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Jube, Rama and Me
Jube, Rama and Me

I had the opportunity to visit our projects in Mombasa, Kenya and was so happy to see what I saw. I saw a 50-acre plot of land bursting with maize, sorghum, peanuts, passion fruit, cow peas, tomatoes, and cassava.  I also saw the huge need for a borehole, as the rains just won't come and we are in peril of losing all this good food. 

It was so encouraging to see the good that is being done and to know that if we have just one or two good, soaking rains, the garden will produce enough food for many children, allowing them to take their medicine on full bellies.  It was also frightening to think of what will happen if we don't get the rains and the drought continues to affect this land.  With that in mind, we are thinking of the possibility of digging a borehole and are in the middle of getting quotations in order to see what is possible.  If anyone out there knows of someone who can help us with this, please write me at tweaver@AFCAids.org.  The need is huge.  So is the amazing outcome.

Follow me on my journey from project to project so you can see all the good that AFCA is doing through donors like you.  Please feel free to share the blog with others, too!  http://afcaids.blogspot.com/

Thank you for being part of our work of for providing life to many.

tanya

Corn!!
Corn!!

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Seeds
Seeds

In preparing for my upcoming trip to visit all our project, I was looking around for a good gift to bring to the folks i'll be visiting.  Something useful, but not too large.  Something fun, but not too heavy. Something that could be shared by many, but that would not rot their teeth. Hum...what to get? 

Well, I just discovered the neatest heirloom seed site.  It is called Annie's Heirloom Seeds and they have been so generous with us at AFCA.  Because of them, I am taking with me tons of seeds for our various programs in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and ZImbabwe.  I can't wait to see Martin and Steven's faces when I give them tomato seeds (all different colors of tomatoes - red, purple, white, yellow, orange), squashes, onions, peppers, kale, greens, okra, melons, and much more. 

The great thing is that these seeds will produce fruit which will produce seeds which can be replanted.  That is the beauty of heirloom seeds!  These will be perfect introducing new types of foods (very colorful ones) while allowing the folks to save some seeds for the next year. 

Thank you, Annie's Heirloom Seeds - can't wait to show you photos of kids eating those purple and orange tomatoes!

 

~ tanya

rows of beautiful food
rows of beautiful food
Greens for families to eat
Greens for families to eat
Saving seeds for the next crop
Saving seeds for the next crop

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