From Guest Blogger, Kaitlyn Lyle, Transformational Ventures 1010 Kenya
Children all over the world go to school, do their chores, and play with friends just like we do in the United States. In Nairobi, Kenya, Humble Hearts School for the Deaf provides schooling for over 200 students (about 40 of whom cannot hear) and a safe place to live so kids can have the opportunity to learn, grow, and just be kids. Beatrice Anunda, director of Humble Hearts, has made it her life’s work to fight against poverty and to advocate for the rights and the needs of the children she serves. In order to support the children and school, Beatrice has begun two different income-generating activities; a poultry project and a greenhouse!
The poultry project, which raises chickens in order to be sold, has been successfully running since 2011. It has been a source of revenue for Humble Hearts and a learning experience for the children. The kids have the opportunity to learn how to care for the chickens. Have you ever visited a farm? Lots of hard work goes into taking care of the animals! In fact, because of the cooler winter months (yes, in Kenya it gets cool at night during their winter – which is our summer!), they are in need of more heaters to keep the chickens warm.
They also have a greenhouse in Kakamega, Kenya, Beatrice’s hometown. This greenhouse will provide produce to both feed the children and to be sold to generate income for the school. They recently finished digging the borehole to ensure a proper and sufficient water source. They are growing tomatoes and kale as they sell nicely together. There is a high demand for tomatoes because they are difficult to grow in the region. On their summer breaks, the students will receive training in the greenhouse. Do you have a community garden? Community gardens are a great way to learn about growing fruits and vegetables, and to give food back to your community!
Humble Hearts School for the Deaf continues to thrive in the community with such exciting income-generating projects! Thank you for your support of The 1010 Project – Kenya which provides a network of support for the leaders of more than 10 schools like Humble Hearts!