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
Peanuts from one of AFCA's community gardens
Peanuts from one of AFCA's community gardens

As Katie gets ready to leave for Mombasa, Kenya for her six months internship, Stephen (local nutritionist in Mombasa) has been very busy.  With funds we've sent, he has purchased seeds and seedlings and is busy planting them.  He, along with community members, worked on a two-acre plot for these new little seeds and they are seeing some growth already.

Now, the big work of getting ready to plant in the 50-acre plot has started.  Fencing is being put around the area for security and to keep goats out.  When Katie arrives, she and Stephen will be designing the garden so that it yields the most nutritious foods possible.  Kale, moringa, neem, pumpkins, peanuts, beans, tomatoes, and many other vegetables and fruit trees are planned.  I just can't wait to see how this project continues!

As I get news from our friends in Mombasa and photos from Katie, I will be sure to share them with you, our supporters.  Until then, I wish for you the best New Year, knowing that you are helping children who desperately need a good, balanced diet in order to take their medicines. Thanks for being part of hope!

Happy New Year,

 

tanya

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Ah!  It is always so exciting to see a project start taking shape!   This particular project is close to my heart because it brings sustainability to a community in Mombasa, Kenya that has been going through rough times, drought, famine and excessive prices on food.

The nutritionst in the Community Based Health Care Program has been trained in farming methods for arid and drought-prone areas. He was in training for over a month and arrived back in Kenya ready to do great things.  He already started work on a 2-acre plot of land and with funds provided by the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, he also started fencing in a 50-acre plot of land, both gifted to the program.  Seeds and seedlings are being purchased and community members are getting together to learn how to work the land and how to grow food with little or no water.  These are certainly exciting times as they plan for their futures.

An intern, Katie, will be headed out to Mombasa for a six month stay and she will work closely with Steve (the Kenyan nutritionist mentioned above) to assist him as they train community members, as they select the most appropriate vegetables and trees to plant in their particular soil and climate, as they develop menus that will impact the lives of HIV+ children by providing them with essential nutrients and vitamins, and as they teach budgeting and management to the folks who will make the garden flourish.

We are exicted about this project - are you?  Please consider making a donation during this holiday season and allow us to give this Kenyan community a way forward. 

On behalf of the children,

 

Tanya

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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
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tanya weaver
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