Kenyan Alliance:Burning Bush Foundation, Nashville, Tennessee
The hills in the countryside at the base of Mt. Kenya are green and lush with banana plants, farms and grazing sheep. One small village here in north central Kenya is called Ndahti. As a result of outreach by The Nyanya Project, 14 grandmothers who are raising grandchildren orphaned by AIDS in Ndahti met for the first time in June: they became The Nyanya Sheep Cooperative, a third alliance of The Nyanya Project.
The Burning Bush Foundation recently opened a new clinic to serve area residents in general health and maternal care.
Through Susan Kabura, the head of the Samaritan Clinic, 14 grandmothers were identified. After first meeting with the Nyanya Project in the summer of 2007, the grandmothers began weekly meetings to support one another. Funds arrived from The Nyanya Project a few weeks later to provide each grandmother with two female and one male sheep. Education in the proper care of HIV-positive family members is provided in their weekly meetings. The herd is run by The Nyanya Sheep Cooperative, and the cooperative decides how to address needs of individual members. Sheep are sheared, sold, butchered or mated for ongoing revenue.
The Nyanya Project continues to raise funds for the care of the herd and to purchase additional sheep and goats.The grandmothers would like to add goats to their herd to provide milk and cheese to their families and community. Three goats cost approximately $200 per grandmother, or $2,800 for all 14 grandmothers. Feed and supplies run about $50 per month.
Grandmothers in the cooperative are eager to learn how to knit products from their sheep’s wool to make products to sell in Kenya and the U. S.