First, we sincerely hope that you are well and safe. This is a strange and frightening time. Understandably, we are focused on the impact of COVID-19 with our own loved ones and communities. More broadly though, I write to update you on the impact of your generosity to EAC Fund and how our partners are responding to COVID-19.
As a reminder, EAC Fund focuses on improving the nutrition and health of disadvantaged school children in Kenya through school meals and farming programs. Although schools in Kenya closed in March, we continue to support feeding and farming programs for almost 1,000 school children who remain on site at three boarding schools. These schools serve as both their homes and schools year round. The food security programs produce a variety of nutritious vegetables and fruits, as well as raising pigs, chickens and fish. Thank you for making a difference to these children through your generous support!
Here's the situation with our partners:
Kenya's borders are closed so no additional food can be imported. Food prices continue to escalate.
East Africa, including Kenya, experienced it's first locust invasion in 70 years. This first round of locust left their eggs. A dreaded next round of young locust are expected to cause even more damage, exacerbating the food insecurity of the region.
Your recent donations ensure that school children receive a nutritious meal boosted by a piece of fish, at least weekly. In Kenya, health care is received through adequate and proper nutrition.Thank you for making this possible.
There are many inspiring organizations so we’re humbled and grateful for your past support. Thank you! Wishing you continued safety and health.
Giving Tuesday is recognized internationally as a day to give back. This Giving Tuesday, we thank you for supporting our fish farming program in Kenya to feed almost 1,000 disadvantaged school children across two schools! The success of this project is due to you!
Your recent donations ensure that school children receive a nutritious meal boosted by a piece of fish, at least weekly. In Kenya, health care is received through adequate and proper nutrition. Going further,these school feeding programs provide children with the opportunity to attend school because it’s assured that they’ll get a nutritious meal there.Thank you for making this possible.
There are many inspiring organizations, and we’re humbled and grateful for your past support. Please consider a gift this Giving Tuesday to continue school feeding and farming programs to promote school attendance in Kenya.
Thanks for supporting our fish farming project in Kenya to feed almost 1,000 vulnerable school children across two schools! The success of this project is due to you.
Your recent donations have been applied to growing crops for fish feeds. Fish feeds are not readily available for purchase in Kenya. Being entrepreneurial, our partner in Kenya makes their own feeds for their ponds! The crops for the feeds include moringa, maize stalks, and sunflower seeds. These inputs and others are ground into a flour which is then formed into fish pellets. Our partner is looking to increase production of fish pellets so that they can be sold to other small-scale fish farmers. These sales will generate small revenues for the schools.
Thank you for making a difference to the communities we partner alongside. Your donations, in any amount, move us forward and are appreciated! Thanks for your consideration!
Thanks for supporting our fish farming project in Kenya to feed almost 1,000 vulnerable school children! Your funds built a fishpond. You made it possible to stock the pond with fish fingerlings. You supported the purchases of inputs to make fish feeds. The success of this project is due to you.
See how the fingerlings have grown. So have the children who now enjoy fish on a weekly basis. Fish is a nutritious source of protein. Serving fish one time per week improves the nutrition and health of our partner’s children. As Collins says, “We all love fish suppers. It’s special. I used to live on the streets of Maua before I came to Nchiru Children’s Village. It was a hell. We slept in empty food sacks and searched for discarded food. People in the village called us names. Now, I have a home and a school. We have healthy and clean food here. I no longer worry about where to find food. I am thankful.I am really working hard to brighten my future and make my school proud. I believe I will make it in life. One day, I want to be a teacher. I want to help other children like me who still live on the streets.”
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the children we support. We’re hoping to wrap up this project during the GlobalGiving Little by Little Matching Campaign this week. As a ‘Superstar’ partner to GlobalGiving, we’re eligible for bonus funds! Your donations, in any amount, move us forward and are appreciated! Thanks for your consideration!
We are grateful for your support!
New Fish Pond with Banana Trees and Sweet Potatoes
Thank you for your support last year which helped build a fish pond at Nchiru Children's Village in Meru, Kenya! What a difference you made to almost 1,000 orphaned school children and young adults who live and study on site! Fish is an important source of protein. You're making it possible for fish to be served one time per week to these children and young adults. This is a real treat!
Fish and sweet potatoes? Yes! The bottom of our fish pond is covered with a liner. Hundreds of sweet potato plants hold the liner in place on the sides (see photos). So this is a win-win for the children. Sweet potatoes are nutritious, a great source of vitamin A and other minerals. They’re also delicious!
Why is this important? For our partner, the largest budget expense for almost 1,000 orphaned school children and youth is.... food. So East African Children’s Fund focuses on supporting our partner's food budgets and farming programs so that these children can stay in school. For the communities we work with, it's a struggle to cover both expenses: feeding children and paying for school fees.
Thank you for your support! You've made a real difference to these children with this fish pond! We remain deeply grateful! Wishing you all the best in 2019!
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