2020 Holiday Campaign

2020 Holiday Campaign

We are excited that some donations to the 2020 Holiday Campaign will again be multiplied by 5 through a grant from Global Affairs Canada which supports food security for Kenyan women farmers.

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All of your donations to the Holiday Campaign are meaningful and will make the difference in the lives of Kenyan families and communities.

There is a new urgency to this year’s Farmers Helping Farmers Holiday Campaign.

The COVID-19 pandemic meant the P.E.I.-based not-for-profit group had to cancel one of its major fundraisers, the popular Beef Barbeque at Harrington.  

The Souris Village Feast, which makes a significant contribution to FHF work in Kenya, was also cancelled in 2020. 

The pandemic has also made life more challenging for the farm families that are at the heart of the work of Farmers Helping Farmers, meaning donations to the Holiday Campaign are more important than ever.


This holiday season, give someone special in your life a gift in their name to support Kenyan farm families or school children.

Gift card(s) will be sent to you in time for holiday giving, along with a tax-deductible receipt. We will make sure that that gift to Kenya is properly designated and personally delivered when our members travel there in January.

If you'd like to donate by credit card, please click on the 'CANADA HELPS' button below.

 

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Please select the item you are donating from the drop down menu or write in the comment box which gift you'd like to give, or indicate a general donation.

Please contribute by December 15, 2020 to receive the gift card in time for holiday giving.

If you would like to contribute with a cheque by mail, please mail to:

PO Box 2623, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8C3

 

News release - November 1, 2020

Farmers Helping Farmers Holiday Campaign needs support after COVID-19 cancels major fundraisers

There is a new urgency to this year’s Farmers Helping Farmers Holiday Campaign.

The COVID-19 pandemic meant the P.E.I.-based not-for-profit group had to cancel one of its major fundraisers, the popular Beef Barbeque at Harrington.  

The Souris Village Feast, which makes a significant contribution to FHF work in Kenya, was also cancelled in 2020. 

The pandemic has also made life more challenging for the farm families that are at the heart of the work of Farmers Helping Farmers, meaning donations to the Holiday Campaign are more important than ever.

“The women farmers we work with in Kenya have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Wendy MacDonald, FHF president.

“Many of these gifts will help to lower the risk to them from the virus, by reducing the need to venture out for water, firewood, vegetables and to buy paraffin for their lamps.”

Farmers Helping Farmers is in year two of a major project in partnership with Global Affairs Canada. The project is called More Food, Better Food: Empowering Kenyan Women Farmers.

FHF needs to raise $240,000 over the life of the project, to match federal funding of $1 million. The Holiday Campaign is a crucial source for those matched funds.

That means that every dollar contributed to eligible items in the Holiday Campaign is multiplied fivefold

They include: $15 for vegetable grow bags, $20 for airtight bags to store family’s maize and beans, $25 for seeds for a garden, $50 for a solar light for children to study at night, $225 for a fuel saving stove with chimney to cook family’s food, $600 for a rainwater storage tank for a family’s clean water, $1,000 to establish and support a vegetable garden for a school, or any general donation. All of those contributions will be multiplied five times as part of the More Food, Better Food project.

Thanks to quick action from the funders and Farmers Helping Farmers, a substantial amount of work was done before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the start of the project, one year ago, in November 2019, 325 water tanks have been installed, solar lights have been distributed to all members of the eight women’s groups, 140 vegetable grow bags have been established at women’s homes and 70 cookstoves have been installed. Demonstration plots of alfalfa, called lucerne in Kenya, have been planted at 42 farms, providing high-protein dairy feed. There are new cookhouses at all five of the project schools, and screened, irrigated gardens are being established at each of the schools.

“These project activities have strengthened the independence and self-sufficiency of our partners and reduced the need for the women to go out from their farms for necessities, thus reducing their risk of exposure to COVID,” said FHF president Wendy MacDonald.

“In addition to reducing exposure to COVID, these project activities all reduce costs for project participants, at a time when many have lost income due to the pandemic.” 

Over four years, the More Food, Better Food project will improve food security and nutrition for hundreds of farm families in rural communities near Meru, Kenya.

Last year’s Holiday Campaign raised a record-breaking total of more than $60,000 and FHF is hoping to match or surpass that target in 2020, with the needs in Kenya greater than ever. 

"One hundred per cent of these gifts will go directly to Kenya," MacDonald said.

To see the entire list of gift suggestions, please click on the DONATE button and make your donation online: www.farmershelpingfarmers.ca