Kenya is located in East Africa, an area currently suffering its worst drought in more than 60 years. The dry conditions have led to failing crops and widespread starvation. The drought is expected to affect as many as 10 million people, and every day is a race to survive. Forward Advantage has employees located in Kenya who have provided accounts of their travels to Northern Kenya (Turkana county and the Samburu district). These employees have worked to provide relief efforts to refugee camps that are at maximum capacity with limited resources.
Angaza Widows Group – Chicken Program
The Angaza Widows Group consists of a group of widowed Kenyan women, most of who come from Chebaiywa village and its environs. Many of these women struggle with common challenges, including: coping with the death of a spouse, the stigma of HIV/Aids, inadequate finances, and the challenge of raising children as a single parent. To help with these issues, the group strives to provide emotional and spiritual support, along with income-generating activities. The most recent of these activities is referred to as the Chicken Program, which was developed to help these widows earn a livelihood and provide for their families.
The journey to Turkana began with the initial survey by David Tarus. It was determined that the Kenya Forward Advantage team would work with the local church in the area to execute the food distribution. The mission started with the loading of the relief food on Saturday, November 12th 2011. The team of David, William, Hudson and Mercy left early in the morning on November 13th. The journey took over ten hours of riding on a bus before reaching their destination of Lodwar. Lodwar is the capital of Turkana District, and is the jumping-off point for reaching the rural villages of Turkana.
Farm Harvest Report – 2011
The Forward Advantage Farm in Kenya recently completed its first successful maize harvest! Short-term jobs were provided to 150 members of the community to assist with the harvest, which produced a total of 380 bags of maize. Of these bags, 320 are for human consumption and 60 are suitable for livestock. The land is currently undergoing evaluation for its next planting phase, and we look forward to seeing some great results.