Planting the Seeds of Education and Nutrition

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Our greenhouse project in Kenya is expanding! The greenhouse workers are now planting even more produce, in addition to what they currently grow: tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, kale and onions. From those vegetables, they have generated nearly $6,000 by selling the produce they grow- income which has been reinvested into the farm, keeping it sustainable. They have installed irrigation drips, which is even more eco-friendy and creates more productivity for less cost. They’re also working on opening a grocery stand on the highway to bring in even more funds!

As the farm continues to progress, the funds the greenhouses generate pay for the education of the older children living at the Fiwagoh Home. In addition to being provided with fresh vegetables everyday, the older kids can also have their schooling fees covered. Let’s keep planting the seeds of nutrition and education!

Solar Powered Solutions

Some of the 36 children benefitting from the solar project.

Some of the 36 children benefitting from the solar project.

The first thing most of us do in the mornings and the last thing we do at night is flip a switch. Yet, we very rarely put much thought into how much this modern convenience improves our lives. With the flip of a switch we can eat, read, walk to the bathroom at night and put to rest our fears if we hear a strange noise.  For 36 children in Rajamundry, India, this is something they’ll be able to have for the very first time. And some added bonuses? It will be through the sustainable energy of solar power, so it won’t negatively impact the environment. Additionally, since the home doesn’t have electricity, they can save the money they would be spending on having traditional electricity installed and on those monthly electrical bills. And those savings can get passed onto providing the children with the best care, access to nutrition and educational needs.

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The exterior of the children’s home.

This year, we were fortunate enough to visit India and the LAMP home for the second time, where these kids live. One thing we realized is that the home was in need of some repairs, which they could not afford. One of the things they needed was to have their roof reinforced. The good news is that the roof construction is now complete, thanks to a private donor working with Kitechild. The roof is now strong enough to support the solar lighting installation, which means that the children will now have a better roof to live under, as well as electricity.

Construction is underway at the LAMP home.

Construction is underway at the LAMP home.

The lighting installation consists of a total of six lights- three indoor and three outdoor lights. The indoor lights ensure that the kids will be able to do schoolwork during the evenings, which will improve their learning and potential performance in school. We all know how important education is to future opportunities, and the indoor lights can be a stepping stone to helping these children break the cycle of poverty. The outdoor lights are also really important, as they will keep the home safe and secure after the sun sets. The home is located in the northeast jungle of Andra Pradesh, near Rajahmundry. The area around the home has snakes and other potential hazards, so the safety of the children will improve with the outdoor lights and will help to eliminate injuries by improving visibility.

One of the children living at the LAMP home.

One of the children living at the home.

Here’s a little background on this home, as there are often misconceptions and misinformation about children’s homes. 36 children reside at the home, 20 of whom are true orphans, in the sense that they have no parents to care for them. The other sixteen are children whose families are living with extreme poverty, which makes it difficult for them to provide for their children. Through the home, the children have three meals everyday, are able to attend school and are under the care of long-term caretakers, who live with them at the LAMP home. The families of these children visit them whenever they are able. We’re hoping through this solar light project that these children will be one step closer to rising above poverty and will one do be able to provide for themselves and their families.

Some of the 36 children living at the LAMP home in India.

Some of the children living at the LAMP home in India.

“The soul is healed by being with children.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky

This ring so true to us at Kitechild. We want to make this world a better place for all children, regardless of circumstance. This is why all of our sustainable projects are designed to improve the quality lives for children everywhere.

Did you know that plants grow faster and larger in greenhouses? This #funfactfriday means a lot to our greenhouse project at the Watoto Wema Home in Nairobi, Kenya. The produce that is grown through this sustainable micro-project supplements the children’s diets with healthy produce and is also sold in the market. The profits from selling these veggies will go towards educational costs for the children. These greenhouses are changing lives! 

A #tbt from our 2013 trip to Honduras where we met so many amazing children during our time there! We set up an aquaponics tilapia farm at the Hogar de Amor home, which has since grown hundreds of fish for the children. This sustainable micro-project saves the home money that was spent on purchasing produce and fish for the kids. Now, that money goes towards paying a security guard, a necessary requirement for safety in this volatile area. 

Did you know that the capital of Honduras is actually made up of two cities: Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela? #funfactfriday We work in Honduras and have set up an aquaponics tilapia farm that feeds 27 children at the Hogar de Amor home. This project also saves the home thousands of dollars every year that otherwise was spent on purchasing food at the market. The money that is saved funds a security guard, who keeps the kids safe!  Find out more about Honduras: http://goo.gl/7K8Pd0 

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Our greenhouse project is growing! This is a huge agricultural project that requires skilled laborers and management. Kitechild has fundraised for the actual greenhouses and supplies,  and we’re also paying for the salaries of the workers and manager until the home starts generating profit from the greenhouses, which should be in about 8 months. Another great aspect of this project is that the older kids are allowed to participate and they get to learn valuable agricultural skills. 

#TBT to one of our very first projects, a pig farm at the A Better World Children’s Home in Cameroon. Since then we’ve done everything from solar panels, chicken coops, fish farms, and clean water projects, in 6 other countries, all designed to sustainably improve the quality of life for children living in orphanages. We can’t wait to share what we have planned for this year! #throwback #backintheday #cameroon #farming #sustainable #eco #giveback #africa #kids #pig #babes #inspire #change #impact

Help us raise the other half of our goal for the solar panel installation in the Arias Home of Hope! This orphanage is a safe and loving environment for 39 children who were born with HIV/AIDS, providing them with the medical attention they so desperately need. Because the virus is so highly stigmatized in India, these children were shunned from their families and communities. Our project will help cut the electrical costs for the orphanage, thereby providing additional nutrition essential for the children’s health. Please help us to alleviate the cost for the home and provide a better quality of life for these children! #getinvolved #giveback #makeadifference #socialgood #inspiration #hopeworldwide #india #positivity #sustainable #nutrition #impact #solarpower (at Link in bio. )

Fun Fact Friday! The average Tilapia weighs 5 pounds. Our tilapia from our Aquaponics farm in Honduras grow as big as 6 pounds, enough to feed 12 children! This project is elevating the quality of nutrition for the 21 kids at the home, providing the necessary protein so they can grow healthy. #aquaponics #eco #farm #fresh #healthy #healthyliving #sustainable #impact #honduras #nutrition #protein #foodie