Meet Pauline. Pauline lives in Makueni County, a rural area in southeast Kenya. Like many girls, Pauline’s dream was to go to University. But, when she was young, it seemed like nothing more than that – a dream.
Pauline said: “In our family we were very poor and so I was not seeing any hope.”
In 2002, when Pauline was 11, Excellent Development began supporting her community to build sand dams and adopt sustainable farming techniques – such as digging deep terraces, planting tree nurseries, and growing a mix of drought-tolerant crops.
Pauline’s father, Muendo, used these tools and techniques to begin farming. He grew tomatoes and, with them, he was able to pay for Pauline’s school fees. Twenty buckets for each year’s education.
By successfully growing tomatoes, Muendo enabled Pauline to achieve her dream. She got excellent grades at school, and graduated in 2015 from Nairobi University with a first-class honours degree. She is now teaching Geography and Kiswahili to other girls who dream of a brighter future.
Farming is often the only way for fathers like Muendo in rural Kenya to earn enough to send their children to school. Could you donate today, to help them ensure they will harvest enough to support their family, even in the face of severe drought?
- £3 could provide a farmer with 2kgs of drought-tolerant seeds, to grow reliable crops that will nourish their children
- £5 could provide a watering can, for a farmer to tend to a tree nursery, growing fruit and firewood to keep their children fed and warm
- £7 could provide a farmer with a pickaxe to dig deep terracing on their farm, to ensure they harvest enough to pay for their children’s school fees
All donations will be match funded today, so everything you give will be worth twice as much to families living in poverty in drylands.
People like Pauline and Muendo don’t want a hand out – they just need a helping hand to get them started. Muendo’s community invested their own time and labour to dig terracing, and collected stones, sand and water to build the dam. And Pauline used time saved from collecting water to study for her exams. She told us: "I was working hard. I was not getting enough sleep. But I knew that, at one time, I would sleep enough.”
There are many more people like Pauline and her father who are ready to put the hard work in to break free of water scarcity, to make a living out of farming or dedicate themselves to their studies for a better future. To do so, they just need a little help.
Please donate today, so that more fathers like Muendo can grow enough food to guarantee a better future for his family and for generations to come.
Throughout the Big Give Christmas Challenge, all donations made between midday on 29 November and midday on 2 December will be doubled in value – at no extra cost to you - meaning your donation will have double the positive impact for people living in rural Kenya.