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,