The farm property that Fred and Alice currently manage is in full production. With the 3 acres they own and 6 acres they currently lease and use to grow corn, they are able to feed 300 children at their school in Nairobi as well as the 30 children in Hands with Hope. Our first support goal is to help them purchase 10 acres to expand their farming operations as well as to house the orphanage and community outreach center. By owning the land they will be given the flexibility to manage the land in the best interest of the children, move the orphanage towards food self-sufficiency, and be secure that they will not lose the land due to increased lease rates or competition from other buyers.
An assessment of the contributing factors to the increase in food scarcity and food prices in Kenya and how that effects orphans, vulnerable children and the Kenyan population as a whole by Hands with Hope Founder, Fred Afwai. August 12, 2011 Hands with Hope safe house caters to 30 children. With the rising cost of living blamed for the rising cost of energy, this scenario portends a challenging future for these children and all of us as their custodians and guardians. The causes of the current situation are wide and varied but my personal assessment can attribute it to the following: The violent protests following the disputed 2007 elections in Kenya led to the internal displacement of farming communities. To date, most of them remain in camps and in some way this has stalled grain production, leading to high demand and grain prices hitting the roof. Most counties have shifted their priorities to fixing the effects of the global recession. Humanitarian organizations, philanthropists and corporations have scaled down their activities as a result. The depreciating value of major world currencies has deepened the crisis. It can’t get worse than this. Drought and famine are on the rise courtesy of global […]