Summaries of HUNGER PROJECTS in Africa
Mukuru Agricultural Project
Partners: LWR and Sisters of Mercy
Along the Ngong river of Nairobi, another segregated settlement, the Mukuru slum has an estimated population of 400,000; and 60 percent are below 16 years of age. Primary school attendance in these city slums is less than 30 percent with many more children opting for the street life begging, scavenging for food, and engaging in petty crime. The state has failed to cater for the needs of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the education system, described as being “certificate-oriented,” does not make provisions for children’s sociological, psychological, and other physical needs. Children in Mukuru live through the vicious cycle of poverty: that of illiteracy, lack of skills, unemployment, insecure livelihoods, and HIV/AIDS.
GOAL: To allow the Center not only to treat the symptoms of poverty by providing food and shelter for disadvantaged children in Mukuru, but also address some of the main causes of poverty by imparting these children and their families essential skills in urban agricultural practices that would allow them to improve their food security and livelihoods. It will also allow Mukuru Promotion Center meet its own vegetable needs, increase its net profit from the sale of newly tested agricultural products every year, and improve its financial management capacity.
OBJECTIVES: LWR’s partner, Sisters of Mercy will:
Approved Project Support: $25,000