In February 2021, KCDO appealed to WBS about the need to procure a plot of land which was adjacent to the piggery project that was on sale. KCDO currently has 35 children on ART (ARVs) under our care at the centre. The main challenge was lack of food and malnutrition challenge that cause non suppression and timely sickness.
Through A miracle, we sold some pigs to raise local contribution and Wonderland BookSavers contributed a bigger percentage to raise the 70% first installment that was needed. We paid off and we immediately set nursery bed for cabbage, maize, and soya peas with active involvement of children themselves, Director and the mother who cares for the children.
Water was a challenge and we had strong rosary in which we eventually received rainfall. We transferred the seedling from nursery bed to garden as photos indicate. We used the pigs’ dung to fertilize the garden and we expect the following.
- If all goes well, the garden will yield:-
- 6bags of maize each with 100kgs valued at $85.
- 2000 cabbages from the harvest costed at $285.
- 10 baskets of carrots with a value of $57.
- 10 bags of Green paper with value of $171
- 300kgs of soya peas $153.
Once the harvest period is ready in July, the following challenges will be overcome.
- The cost of buying food will be reduced by 85%.
- The nutrition of vulnerable children will be boasted and their health immunity improved.
- The children and Kcdo benefiacries will acquire modern skills of farming which can be passed over to other households.
- The garden serves as adomostration site for the community and this can be replicated to other surrounding villages.
The need to have KCDO spray pump and enough fertilizers through adding on number of pigs and a cow project for cow dung supply and milk supply too.