$3500 Raised of $9,616 Goal
Greenhouses at Jukumu Letu
Project Objectives: Jukumu Letu is in a semi arid area and this will increase farming productivity.
Project Summary: Install 2 greenhouses at Jukumu Letu Early Child Hood Learning Center to build on their recent agriculture project. They open air cultivation is doing well they are harvesting kale, cabbage, and beans. The two greenhouses will further increase the variety of crops that they can grow and over build their program which increases nutrition and food security for low income mothers of the children who attend the school.
Number of Children Impacted: 202
Kitechild’s newest partner, Jukumu Letu Early Childhood Learning Center, “Our Role,” is a community-based organization located in Kajiado County, serving the Mathare Slum. The center’s mission is to support at-risk children through psycho-social support and through economic empowerment of their families. The organization focuses on the needs of young children, women, and families by providing education and daytime childcare for 120 children at the early learning center. The center provides a safe space for young children while parents, often single mothers, work. The children receive education and food which will give them needed nutrition and a good start when they finally attend primary school. In addition, the organization supports 50 families in the community with programming to teach parenting skills, gardening, and tailoring.
Through their Food Security Project, begun in 2012, Jukumu Letu is able to employ several of the guardians of children in their learning center as well as generate income for the organization through the sale of excess produce.
Our partnership with Kitechild and their role in helping us start the Shamba (Kenyan for farm) and dairy farm has eliminated expenditure for vegetables and milk improving the children's nutrition and health greatly. The water borehole, the vegetables and the milk has also brought the community closer to us, as they come to get water and buy milk and vegtables. We are now coexisting well.
Wasilwa Lusweti, Watoto Wema Director
Kitechild doesn't give us handouts or tokens, they give us VALUE. They provided us with the seeds and funding to build two greenhouses and today we have greenhouses full of green tomatoes and are expanding the farm to grow onions and potatoes outside in the open air. This is never heard of before in Masai land, growing one's own food, but with their help we did it.