This farm’s purpose is to be the sustainability engine for the Kisumu Children’s Rescue Center and eventually provide all the food and income needed for it to run. At the Rescue Center, the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social needs of children and youth who have become victims of HIV/AIDS, neglect, abuse, poverty, hunger, and culture are met with attention and sensitivity. The Rescue Center targets those who are in extremely difficult socio-economic circumstances that significantly compromise their social, physical, nutritional and financial security. To combat these circumstances, 26 children are provided with in-house food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, specialized education, psychosocial support, and skills training. The Center is a temporary home for these children for one to two years and during this time staff facilitate each child’s rehabilitation and integration into family units. Staff will identify a responsible and caring family member or guardian who can selflessly provide for the child like their own. Through parent capacity building, effective community and parent empowerment systems are created as well. The farm’s healthy food provides the food they need to grow, heal, learn, and become the future leaders of their communities.
The farm works every day towards the goal of fully sustaining the Rescue Center through the food and income it generates. In 2015, that goal got much closer with the building of the fully organic greenhouse as well as the construction of two new fish ponds, installation of drip irrigation, and the beginning of both a composting program and a dairy goat business. This great diversity of projects ensures resiliency while also contributing to community knowledge.