CLEAN WATER PROJECT
There are many reason’s that contributes to poverty in Africa like political instability, ethnic conflict, climate change, diseases etc. But one of the greatest causes of poverty in Africa is also the most overlooked…the lack of access to clean drinking water. Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim and almost impossible.
With unclean water sources often miles from villages, most children and members of a community are forced to spend hours each day simply finding and transporting water. The typical container used for water collection in Africa, the jerry can, weighs over 40 pounds when it’s completely full.
Clean water Project has help the community in a great way and we are proud of our work in serving the community. Cholera, typhoid and water related diseases have been common problem in miwani area and has taken many lifes a way.
In this village, water that is used for drinking, cooking and other domestic purposes is typically drawn from the wells using a bucket attached to a rope, and many of the wells are partially open or lacking adequate covers, allowing dirt, waste and contamination to drip in. This has resulted in many cases of cholera, typhoid and many water related diseases. This is a continual problem because the villagers have no knowledge and financial means to treat the wells and boreholes
The organization has offered to treats the wells by pouring a measured amount of chlorine and WaterGaurd into it. Thus, Restoring Hopes is now able to treat about 20 wells a day and a total of 300 wells three times a month using ten dozen of chlorine/water guard.
It cost approximately US $ 300 to treat 300 wells three times a month; this includes other cost like transportation cost and materials. There has been financial challenge in this mission but we have to work beyond our means for if we do not continue with this project, then there will be more disasters.
Restoring hopes community based organization initiated save a life program as a humanitarian program aimed at respond to emergencies occurrence within the community of its area of operations. This program was initiated after the organizations came face to face with human sufferings during the occurrence of natural calamities like floods, fire, deaths, landslides and conflicts leading to the displacement of people.photo of a widow house being constructed.
This program has been one of the success stories the CBO has ever had since its initiations. The quick response by the projects volunteers have saved lives of many people many and restored hopes to hopeless victims.
The objectives of save a life program are:
- Provisions of habitat to the victims of the natural disasters. The program has been able to provide tents for victims of fire and floods, displaced people and run away children. The programs have also been able to build houses for neediest victims of the society.
- Setting up of the income generating activities to sustain the victims of natural calamities. To avoid over reliance and dependence on aids wherever the tragedy strike, SAVE A LIFE PROGRAM, has been able to help many victims to come up with sustainable income generating activities, such as setting up of poultry keeping, installation of hatcheries, start a small scale business noon fast moving goods and providing seed capital for table banking to make victims access cheaper and reliable credit facility.
Widow Marry Elisha’s roof was blown away by a very strong wind while she was a way, fortunately her grandchildren who were playing outside the compound were save ,We thank God for the prayers and support for Widow Marry.Our much thanks goes for the family of sister in christ Tanya Weaver, (AFCA) for the financial support and prayers she provided for mama Marry.
Roof Work Completed.
HOME BASED CARE PROGRAM
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”.(James 1:27)
At Restoring Hopes ministry, we are obliged to give hope and care for the hopeless ,traumatized , less privileged and needy orphans and widows,it is our aim to give hope…we have to care ,for if we don’t people perish.Our vision is “To become a community icon of hope to the hopeless, less privileged, widows and orphans” by our visitation strategy we have put a smile on the faces of many hopeless orphans and widows and we accomplish this vision through home based care program where we pay visits and give basic needs to orphans and old aged widows around Miwani area.
These orphans stay with there related relatives from where we take care of them. We feel giving them hope from there relatives is also good for there social well being (feeling the love of the family member),they do not feel isolated from there family members, but our long term project is to have an orphanage where they can come together and live as a family under one roof. Kindly help us in praying for God’s provision.
Way We Need Your Help In Our Home Bases Program
Many of these orphans do not have good clothes to put on ,they have instead torn clothes,some lack shoes. Worse of all they can have one meal a day, which normally is porridge for supper.They use torn out mate for there beddings.All those suffering brings sad and hopeless in there lives.
Also Outreach mission has been an area of focus, and from being involved in the many of such missions, I have encountered touching stories and real experience on how less fortunate orphans and widows do struggle to make ends meet.
We need your help in this our Home based care program to give hope and put a smile on the less privileged orphans,widows and needy in our area.Only $25 dollars a month can take care of an orphan and can give hope for his/her future.Consider investing in an orphan life to give hope for tomorrow
It’s a family, not an institution, It is a place where childrens are valued,love and encouraged to reach there full potential but it is not always easy as most of the children come from difficult situations and circumstances, we however put all to the hands of our able God.
Many of the total orphans have no place to call home, some are left with very aging grandparent who are helpless, the situation which makes an orphan child to be the provider in the family by either seeking for casual job in the sugarcane plantation, by becoming a maid,or entering into prostitution, nevertheless ,the situation makes them to get into premature marriage at an early age.They never get education due to poverty which has make them very vulnerable to dirty job in order to count for another day.
But there is something quite special and unique about Restoring Hopes Ministry Orphanage.The home provide a family environment for every orphan child and brings about smile on there faces.They are always happy, healthy and safe to be as a family together
We at RHM we have decided to respond to this challenge by absorbing 15 total orphans who are HIV positive in our orphanage and now they have a place to call home and they have a family to share with.With our much limited resources we are trying as much as possible to provide food,medicine,school fees,shelter to the 15 orphans.
Community ladies and mothers have volunteered to help in the orphanage and are proud to be called mothers/ guardians to the children.We wish to provide the support needed by theses orphans in the orphanage including there education through primary secondary and there further studies.We implore you to help us in financial support and prayers to enable us continue giving them hope and a smile on there faces.
We are legally approved orphanage under the government of kenya and therefore the orphan children can live here until they are mature and able to support themselves.
WAYS WE NEED YOUR HELPING HAND
ORPHAN CHILD SPONSORSHIP
Orphan child sponsorship is an opportunity for you to support an individual orphan child at the orphanage , to develop a friendship link with him/her and to help give them a chance to have a good beginning in there lifes.
Due to our limited resources to meet ever growing challenges in our community we really need your help and your support in what we are trying to address.In order to provide regular basic need for 15 orphans at our orphanage we need sponsors who will help us provide food, clothings,medication and school fees for monthly support.Just your $30 dollars a month can help an orphan child to have good food,attend school freely,get medication,have cloths to put on and more importantly can bring back hope and smile of there faces.
As a sponsor you will be sure to receive the photographs, latter and update from you child, we will update you about the going at the orphanage, you can also write to your child,speak to your child and send greetings card or gifts if you wish and most importantly you will be in our prayers always.
If you would like to sponsor a child contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”. Aesop…..
BECOME OUR FRIEND
If sponsoring an orphan child is not your call and rather not for you,you can support our ongoing projects by looking around our website OR why not become a ” friend of Restoring Hopes Ministry”- This is another opportunity to support the ministry more generally by providing for everyday essential and running costs, everything RHM need to provide the best possible environment for children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS to grow up in .It is a real chance to share in the care and development of the children who have had a difficult start in life dew to the hard situation. RHM welcomes any financial contribution you may have to keep us running along well, but if contributing financially is hard, we deeply understand and we would be grateful for your prayers for us as prayers is also as important to keep the children moving.
And as a friend of RHM, you will be sure to receive an annual letter from the Director, photographs of the children and updates , you will also be able to here what is going on at the ministry.
LIVELIHOOD PROJECT- LIFTING COMMUNITY OUT OF EXTREAM POVERTY
IMARISHA MAISHA VIJIJINI PROJECT (IMMVJ)
- Imarisha Maishi vijijini project is A livelihood project which aims at improving the living standards of the of the rural poor. Imarisha Maisha Vijiji is a Swahili words meaning” Improved Local community Livelihood”. This project was initiated by Restoring Hopes Ministry,As with all of our programs, our livelihoods work seeks to get at the root causes of poverty. These have always included the lack of control over natural resources, and vulnerability to large-scale natural disasters. Our livelihood program aims at addressing the following main objectives:
- Increase the food security in the areas of operations by encouraging Agri-business amongst local community. The programmes promotes planting of drought resistant crops like cassava, sorghum etc and adoptions of new farming technologies like use of greenhouses, drip irrigations, use of shade nets amongst others
- Water harvesting technologies for agricultural use: constructions of water pans in areas experiencing run offs, constructions of water ways, constructions of water tanks for storage of rain water.
- Marketing of farm produce from the local community: this entails market esearch and analysis, bulk marketing, establishment of point of sales and planting of market driven produce.
- Value addition programme: this targets improvement of quality seeds and animals.
- Use of easily available local resources to fight poverty through innovations and creativity: rural communities have a lot of untapped potentials which can improve the living standards of the local community, for instance, local are encouraged to use farm made manures which they can as well sell to other people in need, Biomass can be used to produce electricity for both commercial and home use. Readily available clay soil is also used to make energy saving Jikos for rural use hence conserving the environment. Local residents are also encouraged to do collect plastics containers and polyethylene bags for recycling.
LIVESTOCK DISTRIBUTION – ORPHAN HOUSEHOLD/FAMILIES SUSTAINABILITY
With Our partnership with AFCAID’S livelihood program , This program aims at self sustainability of the orphan household/families because of absolute poverty and lack of finances to purchase the livestock and seeds for there gardens to grow, and therefore, this project will help them restore there dignity and build them to become sustainable.The seeds provision will help build on food security within their household so they have food to put on there belly.The livestock will provide milk,meat,egg and manure to help improve the children’s nutrition and further will help them in generating income.
The program Aims provide help to all the community through animal circulation from one orphan family to the another.By achieving so,we make sure that the newly born animal is further given to another orphan family, this not only give self sustainability to the orphan families but also give the dignity in the community.
Mama Roselie and her grandchildren with there AFCA goats.
We are also involve in rice farming as one of our livelihood project.This project has greatly help our orphans that we care for by providing rice as a food.Our orphans feel much blessed and happy to help in taking care of rice in the plantation during there free time.
SISAL PROJECT – ENHANCING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Sisal plant is a greenish plant in color characterized by its leaves which grow to a length of over one metre or so and yield a long, creamy -white and very strong fibre. Able to sustain quite extended periods of drought, sisal is a hardy plant that can prosper in areas of limited rainfall. But It not planted in fields, we normally use it in Kenya for ropes and carpet while some of it are exported outside country where the demands are high like in countries like Brazil, China, Cuba, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand e.t.c. It’s a hedge plant that grows along fences, and is a backup source of income for when our normal crops decline due to drought. In Kenya almost you can find it everywhere.
According to a recent report by the Kenya Sisal Board, the demand of sisal fibre stood at 450,000 metric tonnes globally.However, Kenya only produced 20,000 metric tonnes while the rest of the world produced 430,000 metric tonnes.
The plant does well in most rural areas where unfortunately the community does not see its importance and opt to cut it a way since it attract most dangerous reptiles like snakes to be there hiding places and breading places where as in some areas it is of importance and it is grown in large scale in plantation.
In some region in Kenya like Miwani,No one takes sisal seriously as a source of profit and a plant that can be used to create employment to many people.This is because it’s a tedious plant to process as one need to cut the leaves into several strips,dry them and pull the dried leafs off using rudimentary machine.This is much labour intensive and one can take almost one day to remove flesh from the plant before drying process.
The fact that the materials which is the plant itself is easily available and the large population of people are jobless in this rural part of kisumu,RESTORINGHOPES MNISTRY(RHM) had thought of buying Sisal Decorticator, which separates the fibers from the leaves, and pays for itself in a span of one month,
Since sisal could be of importance in term of job creation and a very crucial cash crop for survival for that mater-without it ,the rural poor have nothing to live on and as such, RHM have encourage the population to plant sisal since the machine could provide market for it.
The decorticator is basically a cylindrical drum in a frame that strips the green husk from the sisal leaf and grinds the inner fiber into strands with blades,it can basically mean husk removal.It has a horsepower that can be powered by diesel or electricity.The machine itself now cost $2000.
How It Works?
A decorticator works by inserting a sisal leaf halfway,it crushes the leaf between the rollers, then turns the raw leaf into strands of fibre.
The fibre are sold to the local traders and some are used to make ropes which are sold in the local market.
HOW CAN YOU HELP US?
RHM HAS only one double dicorticator machine, which have created job for 12 jobless youth,women and men in the community.We are really in need of more machine which will ensure high quality product of the sisal and will help absorb more jobless by creating job for them and further increase the income.We need the following machines.
Dicorticator,Sisal twin machine,Spooling Machine,Brushing machine
sisal twin machine
A twin machine is composed of a 0.5-horsepower electric motor, a fly arm, bobbin, hub, friction belt and a smaller feeding motor of 1/16 horsepower.It is used to spins the sisal fibre into a this twin.Normaly the twinned fibre is used in many shops and supermarkets to tithe the goods,Also as a rope it is sold in te shops and supermarket.
The sisal rope spooling machine packs the spun twine to prepare it for sale. It can spool different quantities and includes a two-horsepower motor that spins a couple of rollers.
Absolute truth is that One broad, pointed leaf plucked from the sisal plant can earn a Kenyan farmer 5 shillings, or about $0.05 USD. But the same leaf, processed, spun into twine and spooled can sell for 100 shillings, or $1.15.This profit makes it easy to pay the salary to the workers and the profit can be got out of it and with one decorticator and two twine machines, a farmer can transform 120kg of sisal into twine in eight hours. That amount could sell for $150.
When One more and two machine can be bought the project will be able to absorb additional workers who are jobless in the community.Currently the company has the double dicorticator machine powered with diesel,but if electricity could be used to run the machine in the company will be talking of increasing output and more income in terms of profit.
Sisal brushing machine
A brushing is important machine in this process, it is this machine that determines the grade of the sisal in the market.Before baling sisal must be brushed to remove pieces which adhere after decortication and drying.
Brushing also frees individual fibre from each other and removes the short fibres, which are called tow. -Brushing machine contains revolving metal beaters; hanks of fibre are fed into them by hand, one end first and then the other.