Sustainability against hunger
We partner with St. Clement School on the outskirts of Nairobi to provide low-income students with two meals a day and a consistent meal program. St. Clement School offers free education, health services, food, and clothing to 300 children, including orphans, refugees, children from single-parent families, and children with AIDS. The meal distribution program is key to keeping these children in school, and plays a vital role in their growth and development. Our team supports St. Clement’s meal distribution program in three ways: Poultry Farming Action2Day financed a hen house to be built in the schoolyard. The coop holds 200 hens, and the chicken eggs will supplement the students’ daily food servings. Organic Farming In collaboration with students and teachers, our team set up an organic vegetable garden. The temperate climate in Nairobi allows us to have a harvest of seasonal produce to share with the children throughout the year. Occasional Food Support We provided Christmas meals to over 1,000 people in the surrounding community of St. Clement School and fully covered the costs of all students’ meals during the month of February 2021. As funds allow, we are also able to donate food staples like rice and oil in bulk to the Gacorone-Marimanti community in Tharaka-Nithi County.
More than 100 orphans in Tharaka-Nithi County live six hours away from the nearest staffed school. The nearest primary school is one hour away from the villages, but is not staffed with teachers because of the lack of electricity, reception, and water. Our aim is to begin and complete the construction of a boarding school that would also serve as an entrepreneurial center for the women of Tharaka-Nithi. To date, we have begun providing children with basic school supplies (notebooks, textbooks, pens, and pencils), and a five-hectare plot of land was offered to start the construction of a school.
Ongoing drought in central and northern Kenya continues to threaten agriculture production in Tharaka-Nithi County. People are forced to spend about four hours a day walking just to bring water from the Tana River. Drilling a borehole would ease this burden and bring clean water directly to the four surrounding villages. With enough water, more agricultural options and income alternatives would be possible. The cost of drilling the well is now estimated at $18,000. One of the goals of the “Baskets of Hope” (handmade baskets) project is to raise money for the water well. So far, with the help of donors and the sales of the baskets, we have raised around $10,000.
Women Empowerment Action - Kenya
Lack of food, education, clean water, and economic opportunities disproportionately harm women and drive generational poverty. Together, empowered women have the means to empower their communities. Action2Day supports female-led initiatives at St. Clement School in Nairobi and in Tharaka-Nithi County that promote economic autonomy and empower local women to shape the education of their children. Baskets of Hope Each day, women in Tharaka-Nithi County spend several hours weaving colorful baskets that are available for purchase in Europe and the United States. It takes around two weeks to make each "Basket of Hope," which comes in different colors and traditional motifs. Sales returns directly support the women and the needs of their community. So far, $10,000 have gone towards raising money for a borehole that will ensure that women and their families have access to clean water. Goat Farming and Beekeeping With the support of donors, Action2Day raised money for 30 goats and is working on a beekeeping project together with the women of Tharaka-Nithi County. Tackling Period Poverty Promoting quality education and school attendance means curbing period poverty, widening access to menstrual products, and starting conversations around cultural stigmas. Only about 35% of Kenyan women can afford sanitary pads, and girls in rural Kenya resort to skipping school during their period due to the lack of sanitation facilities and the social stigma associated with using cleaning facilities where they exist. Our team provides sanitary pads every month to teenage girls at St. Clement School in Nairobi.
Educate a Child
We strongly believe that education is key to social and economic development in Kenya. Tuition costs in Kenya can be high, and many families do not have the resources to ensure that their children are able to attend school, very often even secondary school. Our goal is to continue to sponsor school fees for local students in need, and partner with schools where our financial assistance would directly support children’s education.