As of 2016, 42% of the 44 million people in Kenya live below the poverty line. There are 2.5 million orphans. Here we operate in Nairobi and Nyeri. Our (sponsored) children study in schools across Kenya.
As of 2016, the foundation supports fifteen children in Kenya. The students have been personally chosen by the founder and board members after professional screening of their academic records and family circumstances. They are currently studying in some of the best schools in Kenya, fully or partially sponsored by the foundation. The first student, Joseph Mbuthiya Kanyiri, selected and supported since 2012, is currently doing his second year of mechanical engineering at National Polytechnic, Nyeri.
Our first meal program was held at Gikondi Parish under the Archdiocese of Nyeri.
This project involved collection, packing, shipment, and distribution of 9,000 pieces of good-quality used clothes (1.7 tons) from Asia to Kenya. The beneficiaries were poor children and families located in Kanguruwe slum in Nairobi and in Gikondi parish located under the Archdiocese of Nyeri. Some pictures of this project are shown below. A video of this project is available at:Watch Video
According to the World Bank (2016) report, Malawi is the poorest country in the world with the lowest GDP per capita. On top of that, as per official data, 10.8% of the population are HIV infected; unofficial estimates are much higher. Life expectancy is one of the lowest in the world, with HIV and malaria among the major causes of death. Infant mortality rate as of 2015 is 43/1000, one of the highest in the world. For every 100,000 live births in Malawi, 807 mothers die as a result of pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes. There are 6.8 million children in Malawi, 51% of the population. Out of that 6.8 million children, one million are orphans, and more than half of them have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Malawi is a landlocked country, with no sea ports; air transport is also very expensive and time consuming. All these, along with a currency that lost half of its value in less than a year, make the prices of commodities volatile and expensive.www.unicef.org/malawi/children.html
Annemarie’s hill, our first project in Malawi, was to help build a school (and a church) in partnership with the villagers and well wishers in the Chabwera village in Dedza district, where around 600 children are studying at present. Capuchin mission in Malawi were our local partners who helped us to build this for the villagers.
Chabwera is a remote village in the Dedza district of Malawi. This was a feast for the villagers who partnered with us to build the school and church there.