It’s an exciting year for Farmers Helping Farmers as we are celebrating our 35th Anniversary! Over the past 35 years, Farmers Helping Farmers has touched the lives of at least 100,000 Kenyans and has generated $10 million Canadian dollars including funds contributed by the Canadian government. These funds have supported dairy and horticultural projects; built classrooms, latrines, school cook houses and gardens; purchased water tanks, screen houses and greenhouses; and assisted women's groups with farming and business practices.
We are celebrating our 35th anniversary with a number of special initiatives. In June, we hosted the African Children’s Choir, consisting of 18 Ugandan children between the ages of 7 and 11. The children gave an amazing concert at St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown, and were very appreciative of the hospitality they received. They are excellent ambassadors for their organization and country.
The 2015 Kenyan Youth continues to be an exciting celebratory event. The tour consisted of 10 Island youth and five adult volunteers who spent two weeks visiting Kenyan schools, partners, and projects in July. In addition to fund raising for the cost of the tour, each youth participant contributed $500 to projects in Kenya. These impressive young people have continued to give back by sharing their Kenyan experiences with Farmers Helping Farmers supporters and partners.
The 2015 Souris Village Feast was another huge success with people attending from many parts of Canada and around the world. Proceeds from the Feast have built 9 cookhouses in Kenya. These cookhouses feed hundreds of children, and for many, provide the mainstay of their daily food intake. We are excited to announce that the next cookhouse built with funds from the Souris Village Feast will be located at Kiirua Primary School-- the school twinned with Souris Consolidated School.
The Farmers Helping Farmers Annual Barbeque was once again a wonderful example of volunteers working together to create an excellent meal and sense of community. Thank you to all who volunteered and attended.
A special thank you to Chef Emily Wells and her team for hosting her wonderful Fall Harvest Lunches at The Mill in New Glasgow, PEI. The proceeds help support our work in Kenyan schools. Farmers Helping Farmers is currently working with 18 Kenyan schools who are twinned with school and church partners in PEI and beyond. The School Twinning Initiative is a mutually beneficial experience for Canadian and Kenyan children and youth.
If you have not done so, help us celebrate our 35th anniversary by contributing to Lights for Kenya 2015. The goal of this project is to purchase 100 solar lights to distribute to our partners in Kenya. Solar lights enable children to do their homework in the evening and are much safer than kerosene and candles. A donation of $35 will purchase a solar light.
With the Holiday season approaching, please consider giving a gift to a friend or family member through the Farmers Helping Farmers Holiday Campaign, that will make a significant difference to someone in Kenya. Gift cards will be provided.
Farmers Helping Farmers and our partners in Kenya send a very special thank you - asante sana – to all of our supporters over the last 35 years.