Kenyan Greenhouse is Targeting the Educational and Nutritional Needs of Children

Thanks to the income generated from our greenhouse at the Watoto Wema home, these kids are getting more of their educational costs covered! The greenhouse is now producing 1200 kilos of veggies a month, which helps the kids have access to nutritious foods and by selling the surplus in the local markets, the income funds school costs. Education and healthy foods for kids is an A+ in our book!  

Refugee Children in Lebanon Use Cameras to Document Their Lives

Take a look at these stunning photos taken by refugee children living in Lebanon: http://goo.gl/hHW8lr Through a project that provided the kids with disposable cameras, we are able to catch a glimpse of what everyday life is like for these children. Over 600,000 refugee children live in Lebanon, most of whom are unable to go to school and are without access to proper shelter and clean water. Seeing the world through their eyes is remarkable and heart-breaking.

A happy #tbt with our friends from Kenya! We visited the Watoto Wema home in 2012 and can’t wait to go back! It’s amazing what’s happened in 3 years: a greenhouse, a chicken farm and a clean water project. We’ve been grateful to work with this home and the 57 children who live there. Together, this partnership has improved the health, nutrition and wellbeing of these children and we know it’ll only keep getting better!  

Photo: Christof Stache / AFP / Getty Images

These are heart lifting stories from @BuzzFeed that show the humanity and compassion being shown as the refugee crisis continues to unfold. Even in the darkest of times, there is more love than hate and more people who care than don’t. See these touching photos: http://goo.gl/YzlPr7 

Here’s a great piece from The Guardian about how we can improve nutrition in adolescent girls around the world: http://goo.gl/jHC9LT One great idea is to encourage girls to play sports because there is evidence that doing so can empower girls, improve their self-esteem and challenge gender steroetypes. When girls know their worth and value, they take better care of themselves and rise to new heights. Early intervention, keeping girls in school and providing diverse diets are some of the other call to actions laid out in this piece. 

“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.

A year after the first Girl Summit was held, the organization Girls Not Brides looked at the progress made on the goals created at the summit. As their infographic shows, they have been working on ending child marriage through empowering girls, advocating on their behalf and working in the communities, among other efforts. All of us at Kitechild fully support the Girls Not Brides movement and know that if we all work together, we can make this a better place for all children to grow up. Read more about the yearly report @GirlsNotBrides: http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/girls-not-brides-one-year-after-the-girl-summit-taking-stock-of-progress/

Every act of kindness makes a difference. Remember, that you matter and you have the opportunity to make this world a kinder place. This week, let’s all find ways to spread kindness. And keep in mind that all the little acts of love around the world are adding up!

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” -Howard Zinn


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Photo: Unicef UK, jordimatas.net

This thetelegraph piece gives insight into what it’s like growing up in one of the most dangerous countries in the world: Guatemala. Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Michael Sheen talks about his experiences with Guatemalan children like Kenneth, as they try their best to grow up under extreme circumstances. As Michael Sheen writes, “Every child has the right to be happy, to be safe and to be protected.” Read the whole story: http://goo.gl/JEaKpz

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