Horticultural education for orphans in Kenya
Lambwe Valley, Kenya

LOSUP (Lambwe Orphans SUPport) wants to expand primary education in Lambwe Valley with lower agricultural education for orphans. This requires greenhouses where the children can learn agricultural skills that they would otherwise have learned from their parents.

With sponsorship contributions from restaurant In de Kazerne in Nijmegen, restaurant Thuis bij Fien in Wijchen and B&B The Collector in Amsterdam this has been made possible.

Project has been executed successfully!

Amount donated: € 8,820.-

Sponsors: Aalbers-Kersten Holding and The Collector B&B

Project information
The situation

In October 2013, Paul and Petra have paid a visit to Lambwe Valley and the reception was heart-warming! They were welcomed by the children with presentations and dancing and singing performances.
In discussions with the representatives of the ministry of education, the local authorities and the representatives of the community, school and church it became clear how much everyone is involved in this initiative and how solid the support for this project was. However, on a tour though the school grounds, the harrowing poverty of the school and the heartbreaking circumstances under which the children receive their education also became very visible.

At that time Paul and Petra also visited the site which would be made available by the local community for the building of the greenhouse and dairy farming. In May 2014 another site of 4.7 acres along Lake Victoria was offered, fertile and easy to irrigate.

The importance of the project

The revenues generated by the greenhouses reduced the dependency of the LOSUP on donors support, and allows continuous support to the orphans and gradually, step by step, an improvement of the living conditions and the education opportunities for those orphans.

The implementing organisation

LOSUP (Lambwe Orphans SUPport) is an organization which supports approximately 120 orphans and children from single-parent families from the wide and sparsely populated area of the Lambwe Valley (between Mbita and Homa Bay) by looking for foster families, providing shelter and nutrition (at school) as well as primary education and vocational training . The teachers are provided and paid by the government.

The envisaged project results

LOSUP intends to add primary agricultural education to the current primary education. Therefore, LOSUP wants to build greenhouses and – in the longer-term – a dairy farm (stables and cows for the production of milk and yoghurt). So the children will be able to learn farming skills, which they would have otherwise learned from their parents.

The chance of sustainability

A part of the products can be used for the own consumption, another part can be sold at the market in Homa-Bay. By generating income by selling vegetables and dairy products, LOSUP can reduce their dependence of local and international donations. In short, , a project with a strong empowerment-factor!

In 2012, with support from the Van Doorn Foundation, LOSUP made a business and financial plan. The planning appears to be attainable. The project deserves attention and support the Van Doorn Foundation wants to deploy its full commitment for it.

The result

In July 2014, a fundraising started at restaurant In de Kazerne in Nijmegen, restaurant Thuis bij Fien in Wijchen and B&B The Collector in Amsterdam and together they rose within one year EUR 6.320. In addition individual donations were made; bringing together the EUR 8.820 required funds for this project.

The construction of the first greenhouse started in August 2014 and delivered the first harvest in November 2014. A second greenhouse was built in early 2015. As a result of revenue generation in the greenhouses, but also as a result of free education policies of the government, two-third of the 120 orphans are now attending government schools, in the upper classes of primary and secondary education, and are provided with better clothing, school uniforms, shoes and teaching material. Only education for the lower classes of primary education is still provided by LOSUP.