These grandmothers are working to create a better future for the children they are nurturing. They form circles to give each other support and to do projects that generate income and help sustain them.
We are committed to support grandmother circles by providing financial grants in response to plans and proposals they write. We keep in close contact with them to learn more and celebrate their progress.
Some of the grandmothers have lost their husbands and have refused to follow the tribal custom of being inherited by their husband’s brother. They are shunned by the tribe and forced to live outside the villages. Others are grandmothers raising their grandchildren and other orphans who have lost their parents primarily to the AIDS epidemic.
Mary O is the volunteer director of a Community Based Organization (Similar to US Nonprofit) that we work with in Homa Bay, Kenya.
We had the goal of raising awareness and funds for another 16 water catchments for grandmothers and widows in Homa Bay Kenya! I am happy to say “we” did it. The money was transferred yesterday!
Our next goal is to raise funds for water catchments for the pottery shop. The women have a pottery shop where they make clay tiles for roofs, cooking grills, water jugs, pots however during the dry season they have to shut down because their well water is used by the people in near by villages. They would like 4 large water catchments then they could collect water during the rainy season allowing them to continue throwing their clay. The goal is for another $8,000. The money they generate through sales goes to support the orphans attending school, children going on to college and the education of girls.
Lets hope we can do it again in 2013! Remember we are looking for opportunities to speak at your gatherings! Happy New Year!
Founder of Grandmother Circles
Dear All friends,
It has been quite a while since we heard from you and we are hoping all is well. We are doing well here. Our crops have done well and by the end of July we shall start the harvesting, threshing of the corn and storing. So we are enjoying the last month of relaxation before August.
Spiritually, the three of us are nurturing one another although not as often as we would like because of different commitments. There’s a lot of work out there in the field especially at this time when food is scarce before the dawn of plenty. God has been on our side as for the last three months we have tried to share whatever we had with the needy. We are relieved that quite a number of farmers have started to eat from their farms and that the harvest is better than many years in the past.
This year has been good for the widows in the St. Monica group. The rains have continued for longer than usual and this has assured them of clean water for themselves and some neighbors.
Our breed of chicken has also been a good source of protein and some money for our lamps. The St. Monica group also rear sheep on an individual basis after having received one sheep each from the group account. Their progress is good but slow due to challenges that we encountered in the last drought.
The Marit Women Group still continues with their civil rights activities and the most successful among these are the Girl Child counseling sessions. We have managed to help girls to continue with education and to supply school uniform to a few needy ones. We are still faced with the problem of early pregnancy and early marriage. One positive point to note is that girls who do get pregnant are now allowed back in school if they don’t run off to early marriage.
All in all, we are happy with the progress we are making. We are thankful to you all for the support you give us financially and through prayer and kind thoughts. You all are in our prayers too.
Mary. Serphine , Aloys
Homa Bay, Kenya