We have a number of activities that we are doing as an FCP to empower our caregivers and community at Large
- Brick Making
- Venturing into the Business
- HVC Program
Just like Ants, it is important for all our caregivers to know how they should be self –independent. Out of every family, it is only one child sponsored while the other children are not. It is important to help our caregivers with ways on which they can get other resources so that they can support themselves.
“ Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” — Proverbs 6:6-11
We have set up tailoring classes for our caregivers.
Under the tailoring program we have registered 11 caregivers who can now sew and make money for themselves. We realized of the gap available. Through the program we are able to boost our account R515 and share some percentage with our caregivers under the program hence the program is very healthy. The first lot will be graduating December 2019.
2 Brick Making
Zechariah 8:13 ,We are blessed to bless others and it is our prayers for the compassion for the support and the Love that they are doing. We thru the compassion, we received the Makiga Machine that we have collectively organized the groups of the parents where we do training and produced the bricks. The bricks produced by the parents can be sold and others the parents and caregivers themselves used to build houses for themselves.
We have realized that a united nation can never be defeated and thru this we have been able to use that unity to produce the bricks that are helping.
Under the program operation punguza manyatta, we have built 7 houses for the last two years and we appreciate.
3 Going Business (Business Training and Local Funding of the Business
According to the book of Exodus 35:35 “ He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.”
His main reason was for the man to have or exchange what they have with others. In the same way others are empowered and get a livelihood.
Through our monthly meeting, we started training our caregivers on business and the savings program.
We already have two caregivers who we have helped to set up business and now running business. This has contributed income and has helped them now to feed their children and have some amount to boost account 5oo which was a problem before the business.
4 HVC Program for Long Term Sustainability.
We have recruited the parents who are less fortunate but have come up with programs that will help them self reliance.
One of the program we are implementing is by helping the caregivers acquire goats with the HVC funds instead of food.
Goats have helped the caregiver to be self independent in the following ways
- a) Having the milk and sell then have some for usage at home.
- b) Goats multiplication is an investment to the families i.e. the goat will multiply and will help them in the future when their will be need.
We as a project we realized that the distance to the market place is quite far from where the project is located, and thus we thought of installing a bakery at the project whereby we can train our caregivers on catering skills and this will help us train the caregiver on basic baking skills and they can put up some kiosks for selling snacks hence enabling them acquire some income for their living. Thus leading to reduced dependency levels, reduced poverty levels and resulting to improved living standard amongst our caregivers.
Its well known that Maasai Community are typically pastoralist and pastoral farming is their main economic activity and as result of prolong drought that have lead lack of food, We as PEFA CHURCH OLOIKARRA noticed the gap and we looked for ways of narrowing the it and thought of other ways of establishing of a sustainable way of economic activity in the locality of Oloikarra and thus the idea of crop farming came into our minds and through networking with THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KAJIADO we were funded the funds for the renovation of Oloikarra community borehole and we thought of installing a green house this we help our caregivers and the community at large to get fresh vegetables thus we will have healthy families who can feed vitamins and it will also open small market for our caregivers who we have already train on business thus they will buying from our green house and selling them from their kiosks at favorable prices.