August – September 2012 Report

The provision of water has seen our lives get enriched in many aspects and we thank God. Not only has the water quenched our thirst and that of the surrounding community but has also enabled us to enlarge and diversify our farming. We are currently in the process of growing different crops and the good news is we now do not have to wait for the rains to cultivate!

Potatoes & Carrots

Potatoes & Carrots

Cabbages

Cabbages

Onions

Onions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The installation of irrigation drips was done in august and we already have crops on the farm, the children will now be able to enjoy a variety of vegetables; cabbages, beetroots, carrots, onions, potatoes, cauliflower, lettuce and in addition, we can take the surplus to the market and thus generate some income to offset the intensive labor and farm inputs. We hope that this pilot irrigation project will be successful.

In august, our family enlarged again, Simon Wanyoike who is eight years old comes from Munyu, about 30 kilometers away from the safe house. His mother had been chronically ill for a long time and when her condition worsened; his father abandoned them forcing them to seek help from the maternal grandparents. Simon´s mother succumbed to death and this seemed to have hit Simon very hard. His grandmother reports of him having strange behavior and mannerisms ; withdrawal, running away from school, signs of depression, and prolonged mourning his mother(spending hours by her grave). She felt the need to have him get away from home and integrate him with the kids at the safe house to hopefully bring him out of this condition. He has a very big challenge academically. In spite of him having been in third grade at his home, his level was very low and he was taken to grade one which still is a challenge for him. However, extra work is being done with him to ensure he gets a good foundation.

We thank God for everyone that makes this work a success!

God bless,
Ben Wachira.

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