2023 Holiday Campaign
Needs are High as 2023 Holiday Campaign Launches
The needs in Kenya continue to drive Farmers Helping Farmers board members to work hard to raise funds that are critical to the well-being of the women and Children in Meru county.
The 2023 Holiday Campaign is our biggest fundraiser of the year, thanks to our incredible and generous donors. Last year, more than $93,000 was raised and all funds go directly to sustainable gifts such as chickens for eggs, seeds for gardens, grow bags and water tanks.
100 percent of the donations go directly to families in Kenya.
Many of the gifts in the 2023 Holiday Campaign will help the women FHF works with to produce food to feed their families, or will help to provide food for a mid-day meal for school children.
Now that our FHF volunteers have been able to travel again to Kenya, we are seeing firsthand the difference that these donations are making.
As one of the UPEI nutrition students wrote this summer: Each woman showed great appreciation for the water tank, grow bags, cook stove, solar light and training generously donated by FHF. These donations have made a drastic impact on the livelihoods of Kenyan families.
There is a wide range of gifts that donors can choose from, with all of them making a difference, from milk for school children, to a cow or chickens to produce food daily for a Kenyan farm family.
A new item this year is a biogas digester, that turns cow manure into fuel!
They are a black heavy-duty plastic tube with a gas bag on top, and plumbing, to allow for the adding of biomass and the removal of methane and compost.
The cow manure goes in and then once it's converted, it can be used to fuel a cooking stove.
This means women don't need to gather wood for a smoky stove, reducing both their workload and the hazards of an open fire.
Farmers Helping Farmers started piloting these units in 2021, as part of the More Food, Better Food project, funded by Global Affairs Canada. They have proven to be a major success, a game changer in providing safe, efficient fuel for cooking.
READ MORE ABOUT THE PILOT: https://www.farmershelpingfarmers.ca/turning-cow-manure-into-fuel-in-kenya/
The gifts range in price, including:
$20 for a bag to grow vegetables for a farm family
$50 for seeds for a garden,
$60 for a solar light for children to study at night
$75 for school books
$250 for a fuel-saving stove with chimney to cook a family’s food
$650 for a rainwater storage tank for a family’s clean water
$700 for a dairy cow
$1,200 to establish and support a vegetable garden for a school.
There is also the option of a general donation, which allows Farmers Helping Farmers to allocate the money to the project with the greatest need.
A poultry program offered by Farmers Helping Farmers is getting fresh eggs to Kenyan families. A donation of $85 provides five chickens.
Another meaningful donation is milk for 10 school children for three months, for $150. For some children, the porridge and stew that they have at school will be their only meals of the day.
All of the gift items will make a significant difference.
There are many ways to donate to the Farmers Helping Farmers Holiday Campaign. You can visit our FHF website and click on the DONATE button. There is also a flyer available in the November and December editions of The Buzz if you prefer to mail us your donation.
Tax receipts are available, as are cards that can be shared with family, friends or clients.
Donors will receive a card in time for Christmas for donations received by December 15, 2023.
One hundred per cent of these gifts will go directly to Kenya.
If you are looking for a meaningful gift that continues to provide for a family for a long time, look no further. All donations are eligible for a tax receipt and if donations are made before December 15th, a holiday card of thanks will be mailed to you.
Thank you for your continued support and please share our campaign with your friends and family.