Hunajeza means ‘We can make it’. This women’s group provides nourishing lunches for local primary school children. Each day, at lunchtime, children from local primary schools are allowed to walk to the small church and hall where the programme is based.
The women’s group has been very active; raising money by letting out chairs, huge sufurias (pans) and plates, growing and selling vegetables and by selling water from a massive water storage tank in times of water shortage. They were also making banana fibre roof tiles and mats to sell in the local markets.
They have now started a nursery, with the hope that local families can afford the low fees.
Karibuni helped them to build the very good permanent hall which is used as a dining room and also by the church for their events.
Three years ago Karibuni gave them money to start a tailoring project to enable school leavers, who could not afford secondary school fees, to learn a skill and earn some money. They have three sewing machines, including an interlocking one and are making school uniforms.
There are no paid staff in this programme – the cooks are mothers and grandmothers whose children are beneficiaries.
As the volunteers get older, they can no longer grow vegetables to sell and are struggling to cook for the 60 children in the programme. Although they are still letting out their various assets, due to the prolonged drought in this area there is no water left in the tank, and they have to buy water themselves for cooking, etc. They can no longer buy the materials need for weaving roof tiles and mats.
Nyalani is a small town near to the north coast of Kenya where the main crops are coconuts, rice and sisal. There is very little industry, high unemployment and, until recently, very poor communication by road. The construction of good roads is underway and this will make a huge difference to the development of the area.
During her 2016 visit, our Trustee Joy took dresses and bracelets to the project, made by students at Princes Risborough School, Buckinghamshire.
The children were shown how to make simple bracelets from loom bands which they loved, never having seen them before. Every child went home with at least one bracelet.