Remember our Christmas request for sacks of maize to feed hungry #KabubbuKids after last year’s drought affecting East Africa? Well, now it’s time to thank you all – sponsors and generous donors who contributed to the supply of 30,000 kg of maize. 136 sponsors provided a sack, and sometimes sacks, to feed their sponsored children.
This was milled to a net quantity of 60kg ground maize per sack and has been distributed from the maize mill in instalments. Last week families received their last 20kg.
Fortunately, the rains have returned and Kabubbu’s maize is growing healthily, so a new crop will be harvested soon.
Here’s how your vital contribution has helped Kabubbu’s grateful people to feed themselves with posho:
Shadiya is 13 years of age and lives with Granny Prossy because her mother’s new husband doesn’t want her living in the family home. Having long ago lost her stone quarrying job, Prossy was struggling to buy food for one meal a day during the drought. One meal was all she could afford. When the rains started, on a plot of land temporary given to her, she planted some food. “Getting posho has saved me much struggle as I wait to harvest my food and we now even have two meals a day”, Prossy says. The family is so grateful for this kind of support.
Janat, 16, is in year one of secondary education and lives with Granny Mariam. Just one of Mariam’s children remains untouched by HIV, and Janat is one of ten dependants. Mariam lost one of her eyes in an accident with wood – she lives a helpless life since there is no state support. She cannot manage to dig or find work, so struggles to feed the family. Janat and family are so grateful for the maize which they use for posho. She can continue her studies.
Sandra is 15 years of age and in year seven of primary education. Sandra, her two brothers and a sister used to live with their Mum Veronica, but Veronica died of cancer a year ago. Sandra and siblings now live with Aunt Olivier, making up a household of fifteen children. With little education, Aunt Olivier makes baskets and mats to raise a tiny income for the family. With no land to do gardening, she rents an area to grow her own food. Receiving sacks of posho Olivier said, “was the greatest gift to the family”.
Juliet is 80 with two grandchildren, but three of her sons passed away due to HIV and she has just two uneducated daughters – all living a hard life. Seeing children dying has traumatised Juliet and sapped her happiness. Gardening is too much at her age, so receiving a sack of posho has added a smile to her face. She is so grateful.
Remegio and Teddy are 80 and 60 years old and have 15 dependants; children and grandchildren. With such a huge family, Remegio says he struggles to feed them. They rely on raising income by digging for others. From this, they rent a small piece of land for growing family food. “This extra support of posho has lessened the burden and we are indeed so grateful”, says Remegio.
Thank you all for your love and generosity that is changing the lives of so many children and adults in Kabubbu.
Santa’s Sack is now empty!