It All Starts with the Family
At the heart of 100 Humanitarians International is our Business Boxes for Families program. The Business Box can include any of the following based on assessment of what the family needs:
Cow, Goat, Chickens, Raised Garden Beds, Garden Towers, Trees, Water Storage Systems, Water Filters, Thermal Cookers
What made us focus on economic development in families? The core of the home is the family, and when basic needs are met, and skills are taught, it has an impact on every member.
We began in a community in Bomet, Kenya, with five families who needed a hand up. Two years later, those families are thriving by selling milk from cows and goats, collecting eggs from chickens, growing gardens, and a few have started businesses. Our program is comprehensive, beginning with basic needs and expanding into literacy and educational training. We helped start a sewing center where women are gaining skills and creating reusable feminine hygiene kits for their community. We also built a training center to host our classes and workshops.
We partnered with organizations such as The Waterbearers and HopeSaC to bring water filters and thermal cooking to the families, to provide clean water, reduced fuel costs, and reduce the time needed to cook meals on a daily basis.
The Families Mentoring Families program is constantly evolving, as we connect with mentors, tools, and resources provided by partner organizations to bring strong self-reliance and economic development principles to the families we work with. We are currently working with over 40 families in Narok and Bomet counties in six different communities!
Do you want to meet our families? Click on an area and learn about what we have done there!
Ntulele/The Mau Forest
We have worked with five families in the Ntulele area of Kenya, donating cows and goats, building garden boxes, building a water storage system, and in 2019, building a new house for a crippled mom. The families have expanded their stewardship in the program, and will begin mentoring new families next year.
Cows Donated: 4
Goats Donated: 4
School Fees: 4
Garden Boxes: 9
Water Storage Systems: 1
Bomet was the first area we went to in 2016 for our mentoring families programs. We began with Facity, a widow with 5 children and no income. We donated a cow, and from there, expanded to a goat, chickens, and garden boxes. Since then, we have worked with 12 families in Bomet, and built a Family Literacy and Mentoring Center in 2018 for our next phase in the community.
Cows Donated: 3
Goats Donated: 6
Chickens Donated: A lot
Garden Boxes: 40
Bomet Sewing Center
Tabby Training Center
Nkareta is one of our new areas, but fast growing! On our Fall 2017 expedition, we went in and did assessments with two families, and then our Kenya team went in a couple of months later and built garden boxes for them. In June 2018, our team went to visit and found the garden growing well. We added two garden towers at each family’s home, and also planted seeds from Kenya Seed Balls. We also visited the local school and held a Feminine Hygiene workshop for 75 girls before planting four garden towers and planting 1200 trees at the school. Our 2019 plan is to expand to ten families in Nkareta with our vegetable and tree farms currently growing.
Ilturisho is one of the first villages we encounter as we come around the bend to go to the Maasai Mara. It’s a dry, windy village with sparse trees, very unlike the lush areas of Bomet and Ntulele. There is no natural water source, and not much can grow there without help. We began our garden boxes in March 2017, and quickly found that it was going to take more effort to grow a garden in the arid climate. Since then, we have added fencing and a water storage system with a 3000 liter tank and water filter to provide clean water. While it doesn’t rain a great deal in Ilturisho, our system catches every drop possible!
Nkoilale is the area where we will build the Emparnat Cultural Center. We have worked with three families in the area, building garden boxes, donating a cow and goat, and we introduced a water filter and HopeSaC to a widow in June 2018. As we begin construction on some of the permanent structures at the Cultural Center, we will continue to mentor more families in gardening and literacy. We sponsor three students in school in this area as well.
Mama Joyce runs a children’s home for girls in Sekenani, and is one of the women we know who has grown a garden. We introduced garden boxes to her in March 2017, and since then her garden has expanded dramatically. We added a cow, a goat, and a water storage system. As a result, two of her friends have started their own gardens. Sekenani has a natural water source that is close to Mama Joyce’s home, but the water is dirty and shared with animals. Having the water storage system, and water filter, will allow her family to have clean water. Mama Joyce’s son, Muneria, also helps with driving and guiding our expeditions when he isn’t in school.
I traveled to Kenya, Africa this past year in 2017 and what I gained from this experience was perspective. It also humbled me in a way I didn’t realize it could. I left Utah because I was mad at my ex for leaving me for another women. I was mad at the world and I felt lost, what do I do now. I can’t leave because I don’t have money, I dont have time. Well I found the time, I found the money and I left. The people I met, the friends I made and the experience I gained in just 10 days will last me a lifetime. It humbled me in a way that you can’t even describe, you can’t even imagine. You just have to go to Africa to find out.
I found myself in Africa. But what I will tell you is that these families are so grateful to have you come to their homes, they will give you gifts, and food. Maybe even chicken. They will give you something even if they don’t have it to give. The are willing to learn, they are eager to listen. They don’t know what they don’t know. This is why I believe in 100 Humanitarians is because it takes 100 hands to make a difference. We have to work together to change. The more hands and people involved the bigger the impact.Michelle
Deep in the heart of 100 Humanitarians are our stories.
Stories of joy. Stories of sorrow. Stories of heartbreak. Stories of fear.
Stories of love. Always love.
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