Due to difficult economic and social circumstances many children in Kenya grow up without proper education and life-skills necessary to prepare them for life’s challenges. This is especially true for the children in Kenya living in remote areas of the country and even more for the orphan children. We estimate that more than 20% of the children in Kwale County are orphans. The exact numbers are not available but it is counted that there are at least 3000 orphans and vulnerable children in that county. Many children live in extremely poor households, which are not able to give the kids a base for creating their own future.
KidsCare Kenya together with the County Government of Kwale are working on a project that benefits the community and also plays a vital role in helping the environment. This project is known as ‘Community Based Homecare and Beekeeping’ or CBHB. The CBHB program is an oasis in the desert, providing small-scale farmers with an opportunity to improve the production for food sustenance and creating an income generating source. Honey is a commodity consumed all over the world. It has extreme health benefits and acts as a perfect substitute for processed sugar.
By matching the innovative KidsCare Kenya Homecare program with trainings, tools and equipment for beekeeping, the program would like to achieve the formation of 24 Community Based Beekeeping Groups in LungaLunga Sub-County. This will benefit 360 households with Orphans and vulnerable Children in groups of 15 households per village by creating the means for them to become self-sustainable. It is expected that through the program 2000 children can build on their future.
Due to constant droughts and unreliable rainfall patterns, the community in LungaLunga Sub-County has struggled significantly. Observations indicate that the primary schools within the area experience high school dropouts due to lack of food, water supply, increasing cases of abuse, safety, nutrition and empowerment. Most parents/guardians are very poor and practice traditional farming. They lack knowledge on modern farming techniques to improve the production for food sustenance and income generation.
The CBHB program is also geared at reviving our deteriorating planet. Bees play a significantly important role in our day-to-day lives. This is because, much of what we consume is dependent on bees. Bees are responsible for pollinating hundreds of different types agricultural plants. Without bees these agricultural plants will most likely disappear. The importance of pollination is that it allows for the transfer of pollen from the male part of the flower (anther) to the female part of the flower (stigma). This process enable the formation of new seeds, nuts and fruits. The process of pollination is essential for the reproduction of plants.
As more and more trees are falling victim to the increasing demand for charcoal in Kwale County, the results are becoming catastrophic. Land is becoming barren, rainfall patterns unpredictable, and animals such as bees are moving away. This will have devastating effects on the environment in the future. KidsCare Kenya has adopted a strategy to curb this from happening by implementing the CBHB program. This program is set up with the hope that it can revive the bee population, which will revive the deteriorating environment. As people will be able to see the benefits of beekeeping directly, KidsCare Kenya hopes that it will change the perception of bees. KidsCare Kenya aims at creating value for this underappreciated animal species. The revival of the environment is paramount to survival of humanity. KidsCare Kenya not only looks at the present, but it values the future. Join KidsCare Kenya now and help us in creating a better environment for our children.
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