The Green House Project

September 06, 2015
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The Green House Project
With the help of John Deere, Vumilia has started a new project to help generate extra income to support the Children’s Home.

The Green House Project was initiated after a 2 day visit from John Deere who donated the Green House, seeds, farm tools, food and firewood, as well as T-Shirts for the Vumilia Children and staff.

During their visit the John Deere Team not only helped set up the Green House, but also helped plough the land, split firewood and involved the children in many practical tasks such as cooking and pumping water to the farm and kitchen, as well as running sporting activities, games and reading tuition classes.

The new Green House has a total of 6 beds, each measuring 2ft x 45ft. This is a long term project but the future projections are great in terms of the possible results and benefits for Vumilia, and the team are excited and determined to make it a success.

The project, as with all new enterprises, has not been without its challenges, which have included some early problems with a bacterial infestation in the soil. But these issues have already been resolved ready for the next planting season, and despite these early problems, benefits have already been seen, with a good crop of tomatoes this year that has helped feed the Children and has also raised extra income for Vumilia at the local market.

John Deere Group Photo

Hosea (The Vumilia Project Manager) with Carol Depol and Charles from the John Deere team.

 

 

New Film about Vumilia and its work

March 08, 2015
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Rosey Adkin & Stefanie Tague visited the Vumilia project in 2011 to produce a film as part of their degree course for a UK University. They were eager to produce an film that represented the harsh reality of a culture so different from their own, but also address the causes and effects of HIV, and the effects of poverty and poor education.

“The film is intended to help raise awareness and find sustainable solutions for HIV prevention.” Rosey Adkin

Can you help Vumilia grow food for its future?

February 06, 2015
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Can you help Vumilia grow food for its future?

The farm manager has been busy this week carefully transplanting tomato plant seedlings into the greenhouse. This is an important part of our effort to grow a sustainable and healthy future for the project. Can you help us achieve this?

– We currently need funds for Fertilizer and Seed for other crops such as Maize and Beans.

A visit from the Educate Global Fund

September 18, 2014
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A visit from the Educate Global Fund

If more evidence was needed of Vumilia’s powerful work, and the help it needs to continue that work, it can be found here: Educate Global Fund visited the Vumilia Children’s Home recently, as part of their larger study in East Africa, and they wrote this about their visit:

Stories of immersion with Mama Rose (Vumilia Children’s Home)

Short Film about Vumilia

March 18, 2014
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Some visitors from Denmark have created a short film about Vumilia.
Please watch and add your comments.
Directed by Bo Tengberg

Read the Newsletter to find out the latest from Vumilia

November 18, 2013
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Read the Newsletter to find out the latest from Vumilia

Click here to read the Vumilia November Update

Welcome to our new website.

August 17, 2013
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Welcome to our new website.

Today we launched our new website. We’ve used a simple template to keep costs to a minimum  while still providing a great platform for promoting our work. Let us know what you think!

We will be keeping this section up to date with all our day to day news and the stories of our struggles and successes.

We are also starting a mailing list so that we can publicize website updates and news stories from Vumilia. Please sign up for this now using the email collector on the right side of this page.

We are also on Facebook: we have 130 fans and counting – please join this amazing group and ‘like’ our page!

Finally A Big Thank You to all our supporters in the UK who made this new site possible, and to our friends internationally who make our daily work possible.

August 2013…

August 15, 2013
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August 2013…

We have had an eventful couple of months at Vumilia…

♦ The girls have all been moved into the brand new building, and their former dormitory has now been converted into a schoolhouse. The new building is structurally complete – but we still need to furnish and equip it, and there are some improvements we have to make to the plumbing and drainage systems. But the girls did not want to wait!
♦ There was a national teachers strike last month and our secondary school girls all came home as the situation is resolved. Its over now so they will be going back to school in September. The younger children were unaffected, thanks to our in-house home schooling program
♦ Volunteer Sex Ed teacher Kathy visited us and carried out a series of training workshops in the local area –  these are always popular and cause quite a stir!
♦ Sad that we have had to suspend the VCT and Clinic services for the time being – but we will resume them as soon as we can.
♦ We are making changes on the farm. We moved the cowshed –  away from the perimeter fence and public footpath where local people herd their animals to water –  so as to reduce the risk of tick infestation and other communicable diseases. We lost a milk cow to East Coast Fever recently which was a huge blow. We also moved and rebuilt the chicken house
Joanna Stutchbury, a permaculture expert, visited us and has helped us draw up new plans for the farm. We are very keen to fully adopt sustainable agriculture practices built on better natural resource management and minimize or eradicate use of any chemical/synthetic inputs
And we have taken two more young girls into the home, rescued from very sad conditions. More about them soon!
♦ The girls are all looking forward to a day trip to Kisumu this month – a big excitement for them – to visit Lake Victoria, the Impala Sanctuary, the Heritage Museum and other sights and experiences. Many thanks to Kathy for sponsoring this excursion.