Education and Nutrition: From India to Kenya

Happy Friday from one of the amazing kids at the Ashirvad Home in India! Our chicken farm at the home generates income that addresses the nutrition and education of the kids living there. The home sells the chickens in the market and those profits pay for fresh fruit and computer education for the kids. Our latest greenhouse project at St. Catherine’s will also be targeting the nutrition and education for the children living at that home in Kenya. We have a donor who will match donations up to $10,000! We hope to enact the kind of change we’ve seen at the Ashirvad Home! Find out more:  

TBT with Fiwagoh Home

#TBT to a year ago and one of our homes in Kenya: The Fiwagoh Home! In the past year, we have partnered with this home to build 6 greenhouses on the home’s property! The produce grown is sold in local markets. Those profits are then allocated towards the hiring of 2 additional caretakers! And by growing fresh veggies for the kids, the home has already saves over $10,000 in food costs annually! We’re starting a similar project at St. Catherine’s Home in Kenya, where the profits will go towards the children’s education!  

No Child Should Have to Choose Between A Meal And An Education

If you had to choose between going to school, or getting enough to eat, the choice would be pretty obvious: food, as a basic human need in life, will always prevail as a one of the things we ‘must’ have in order to survive.

But we believe every child should have an opportunity to thrive in life, not just survive. Living day by day does not do any good for the human spirit and the collective good of the world. We want children, our future, to thrive – and one way to do this is to have them learn as much as possible about the world, to be educated and have their eyes opened by the endless possibilities that exist in the world.




School should not be a privilege, but many vulnerable children live under precarious circumstances where their caregivers have to choose between having enough money to pay for food, or having enough money to send a child to school.

We believe education for every child should be a right, just the way in which clean water and quality nutrition should be a right. For many of our orphanage partners, under the financial strain of caring for many children, school becomes a secondary priority, because they have to make sure there is enough food on the table each night.

But what if there was both food on the table, and also backpacks lined up by the door? What if caregivers and the children themselves didn’t have to worry every month if their ‘sponsor’ was going to send enough money to help pay for their school?

Our greenhouse project at St. Catherine’s Children’s Home will do two amazing things – grow enough vegetables so that the kids have a more varied and nutritious diet at home, and have surplus produce that will be sold in local markets so that school fees can be paid.



Photo-0023the greenhouse damaged by the wind

Photo-0009Daissy Joyce from school (1)

The project consists of refurbishing four greenhouses on the home’s property outside of nairobi, installing proper irrigation drips, fixing their well, as well as one year’s salary for a farm manager to oversee progress and production. We have been in close contact with St. Catherine’s since 2012, and have followed them as they have stayed committed to providing the best care for their children – we first met them at their location in the Kibera slum. They have managed to secure land on the outskirts of Nairobi, and are slowly to moving the children out of the slum and into a cleaner, more open, and safer environment.

Today, we are inviting you to join us in nourishing bodies and minds – because no child should have to choose between a meal or an education. The best news of all, is that we have a generous donor who will match all donations up to $5,000 – so whatever your donate today, will have double the impact. For more details on the project, and to make a donation, please view our project page on our site.





All photos: St. Catherine’s Children’s Home

Written by: Jacqueline Herrera

TBT St. Catherine’s Home

A #tbt to the St. Catherine’s home in Kenya and our successful Clean Water Access project. You can see them working the filter, which provided clean drinking water to the children at the home! We’re so excited to be partnering with them again with a greenhouse that will be targeting the nutrition and education of the kids! We will have a matching donor, who will match all donations up to $10,000! Let’s make this happen for #everychild!

Greenhouses in Kenya Are Creating Change for Children

The six greenhouses at the Fiwagoh Home in Nakuru, Kenya are a success! The home is currently saving over $10,000 in their annual food costs thanks to the fruits and veggies that are growing in the greenhouses. Those savings go directly to making life better for the kids at the home and pay for additional caretakers, which they need and deserve!

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!  

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!  

A #tbt to the success of our Clean Water Access project in Kenya. These boys at the Havilla Home were among the hundreds of children who gained necessary access to clean water through this project. In this area of the world, water must be paid for from the city and the surrounding wells house water that is not safe for consumption. Like so many people around the world in these situations, precious resources and time is then used treating water through boiling or chemical use. Now, these kids get to have something that we take for granted everyday: life-sustaining water. 

Here’s a #funfactfriday for you: 75% of the human brain is water! These boys at St. Catherine’s Children’s Home in Kenya are some of the hundreds of children who now have access to clean water as a result of our Clean Water Access project. These children live in a place where water must be paid for from the city and the water in nearby wells is not safe for people to drink. These children now have daily access to necessary clean water!