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Feeding Plan for Humanist Orphans Kenya 2019 - Funded by Brighter Brains Institute

by George Ongere

Humanist Orphans Kenya is a nonprofit, legally registered humanist organization with the Kenyan government, whose main aim is to react to the challenges that affect children in Kenya and Africa. The organization aims at providing support to vulnerable children, orphans, poor households, children suffering from Albinism and families affected by the scourge of HIV/AIDS; through supporting education, health, and nutrition. On top, the organization promotes and defends the freedom of conscience and expression, and the rights of all people to get equal opportunities in the society.

Specific Objective: To provide support to the disadvantage children in the society in order to improve the quality of life. Its overall goal is to promote humanism, science, free Inquiry, skepticism. 

Vision: To create a society that gives hope for a better sustainable livelihood to under privileged children and families of poor rural communities. 

Mission: To reduce and/or eradicate illiteracy, poverty, and diseases to improve lives of the neediest children and build an empowered, self-sustaining society that has hopes for a better future in rural communities.

Strategy

The long term strategic aims of Humanist Orphan are:

  •  Create a system of educating vulnerable children up to College level.

  • Start a feeding program for the orphans

  • Establish and maintain a resource center 

  • Look towards sustainability of our programs through income generating activities

  • Create a society that appreciates a reading culture ( Library)

  • Defend human rights and the rights of humanists

  • To develop organized Humanism in every part of Kenya

  • To  build a strong and effective organization

In pursuing our aims, we:

  • Promote the worldview of Humanism including the name and symbol of Humanism

  • Promote freedom of expression and freedom of thought and conscience

  • Work for secularism (separation of state and religion) in Kenya. 

  • Work closely with supporting organization and support their campaigns and activities

  • Bring our members together at congresses and in regional groups

  • Use strategic alliances

Overview of Kabar Village

Kabar Village, where the Humanist Orphans project is located, is in Kisumu County, in the western part of Kenya. With many challenges, high poverty rate and high HIV/ AIDS infections, many Children face a bleak future.

Kabar village has a community system with a population of about 30, 000 people. The community is in Muhoroni Sub-County, which is an area that experience seasonal rainfall. Most people depend on subsistence farming for livelihood and this they do by depending on the March, April and May rains to cultivate maize and millet as the main source of food. The common meals here are Ugali (which is maize flour boiled water that to form a bread). The Ugali is served with wild vegetables, mud fish, Sardines, dried fish and meat. Other common meals include cassava, beans, rice, and traditional dishes.

In this village, most houses are grass thatched with mad walls constructed using clay. Almost all households have no access to electricity and they use firewood for cooking and kerosene lamps for lighting at night. Running water by the use of taps is unheard of and thus most depend on seasonal rivers for water for domestic purposes. However, in some places, boreholes and wells are constructed with the help of government, not for profit organizations, and some local politicians. Most roads are root paths that lead to the villages and during rainy seasons, the flood and mud make it hard to walk along the paths. Nevertheless, the villagers have grown in this area and they have adapted and have learnt how to wade through the mud and flooding paths.

Humanist Orphans Kenya, through the help of the Center for Inquiry/ International, adopted eleven orphans and took them to school. We have only managed to cater for the eleven orphans. We provide them with school fees, school uniforms, shoes, socks, and other materials.

There are many orphans who have no opportunities in Kabar village, but due to our strict budget, it is impossible for us to provide everything that the orphans need at the moment like putting a food feeding program. In most cases, we have had to make choices and choose some of the most basic needs that we might achieve with the available resources. With the resources we have currently, we have managed to establish a resource center that has a library and computers for the children to learn. The library has continued to engage many schools and improved illiteracy level. Moreover, it has also reduced the level of backward superstition.

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THE HUMANIST ORPHANS FEEDING PROJECT

 The Problem Statement

Going to school on an empty stomach is something that is unimagined in different parts of the world. But just imagine going to school without breakfast and lunch, is it possible to even concentrate in class and gain any knowledge? To those who have had such an experience, all the attention that should be put to learning get drawn to the empty feeling inside the stomach and the growling sound due to the cry for food. 

In the village, more than 60% of children in the primary schools go to school hungry and some of them only manage to chew sugarcane in the morning and they last with it until evening. Going to school empty stomach not only affects academic performance, it also affects other extra-curriculum activities like playing games and socialization. Moreover, it is responsible for school dropout rate in the village where children become exploited for sex to survive as others migrate to rural areas to become street children.

Objectives of the Project

Having analyzed the above predicament, we came with a specific plan with the below objectives:

o  To provide Breakfast and Lunch for 30 orphans

o  To ensure food security for our orphans

o  To provide orphans with the nutrients they need for a healthy growth

The Plan of the Project

A)    The Project Duration

The project will run for one year (1 yr). 

B)    Selection of Orphans to benefit from the Program

The program will cater for 30 orphans. Already, the center has eleven orphans (11) in its program. The remaining eighteen (18) will be selected in the village schools and a thorough background check will be carried out to ensure they need to benefit from the program.   

C)     The Cooking and Feeding Location

The cooking and serving of food will be done at the center. Humanist Orphans Center is a short distance from the schools where the orphans go to school. The children will pass by in the morning for breakfast before going to school and then report at lunch time for meals. The schools in the release children during lunch breaks to go home and eat then report back to school. They are always given one and half hours to go home, cook and report back to school for afternoon studies. They will find when the food is already prepared. Food will be prepared by the volunteers of the center

The Types of food to be cooked

The meals cooked will be similar to those that the children eat in the villages. They include:

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Maize is a staple food in Kabar Village. Maize is consumed in different ways in the area. First, it is grinded to make flour that is used to cook porridge, which is ideal for breakfast and make Ugali, which is a staple food in the area. The maize is also mixed with beans to cook “githeri” which is eaten either at break time or can be use at lunch time.

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Beans are boiled and fried to make a thick soup that is eaten with Ugali. The beans give the children proteins. 

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The vegetable used will be kales and cabbage. The cabbages and kales can be purchased at the local market.

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Sardines are served with Ugali and they are very common food in the village.

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Rice is served during lunch with beans

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Dried fish is served with Ugali

Times of Purchasing the food materials

A good number of the food materials we will use can be stored for a long time and it means that buying them in large quantities and string them at the center is cost effective. We can buy bags of maize, beans, and rice and stock them at the center to make the work easier. The perishable items like vegetables can be bought weekly.

Things to be done before the start of the Project

a)    Utensils: We will have to buy the cooking utensils and the plates the children will use to serve the meal

b)   Training the volunteers: We will have to train the volunteers to enlighten them about the hygiene needed and how to cook the food.

c)    Get a stock of the items needed

d)   Get charcoal and firewood

BUDGET 

 ITEM

DESCRIPTION

Unit costs (Kshs)

Total costs (Kshs)

Total costs (US $)

Maize — 40 bags —- $1,400US

Beans — 10 bags — $ 650

Rice — 10 bags — $800

Sardines — 10 bags — $ 700

Vegetables — 20 bags — $ 400

Dried Fish — 200 pieces — $ 200

Utensils — $ 100

Cooking oil — 50 liters — $100

Salt — 10 Kg — $3

Sugar — 5 bags — $275

Onions — 2 bags — $60

Tomatoes — 5 crates — $225

Firewood/ Charcoal — $100

Total — US $ 5013

UNDERSTANDING THE BUDGET

Maize: Maize is the dominant item in the budget because it will be used extensively in the meal program. The maize will be made into flour by taking it to a grinding machine. Once it is made into flour, it will be used for cooking the Ugali,which in the village is an important food that makes a complete meal after being served with sardines, beans or dried fish. Moreover, the flour will be used to cook porridge that will be served during breakfast. One bag of maize contains 90 Kilograms weight. 

Beans and Rice:The beans will be used to cook githeri and also to cook bean soup that is eaten with rice. One bag of beans and rice contains 90 Kilogram weight.

Vegetables: Vegetables are sold in bags that contain 50 kg weight. The vegetables are important in our meal program since they will provide vitamins to the children.

Sardines: The sardines are sold in bags and measured in kilograms. One bag weighs about 50 kg. They are sold when dry and can last a long time when they are stored well.

Dried Fish: Dried fish are sold in the village markets and they are sold per piece. Being that they are dry, they can last for a long time.

Utensils: The Utensil package includes the plates that the children will use and those that will be used for cooking.

Sugar: The sugar will be used to sweeten the porridge

REPORTING

As an organization, we have elected officials that are responsible for the proper use of the given donations. In this way, to satisfy the needs of the donors, we have standard procedure for reporting to ensure accountability. First, there will be a report at the start of the program to the donors to inform them of the kick start of the program. Once the initial report is written at the start of the project, there will be monthly reports that give the donors the progress of the project highlighting the success and the challenges faced if there is any. The format of the report will be in the form of video and written documents with pictures attached. 

PICTURE GALLERY 

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Our Registration Certificate

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Our Humanist Orphans Resource Center

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Imparting Computer Skills inside the Center

























Bill Cooke, Former CFI Director of International Programs, with the Humanist Orphans