Blog: Shambani Village

Overcoming Great Loss

Shambani Village, Kenya

 

Mama Ekale, a mother of three sons and a grandmother of twelve, never imagined she would be raising grandkids by begging in the village. But this happened right after giving her sons their inheritance when their father passed. The sons sold the cattle and engaged in an immoral lifestyle that ended up killing them through HIV/AIDS. Losing the livestock was nothing compared to the pain of losing her children.

 

Mama Natade, Local Entrepreneur

Shambani Village, Kenya

Only 38 years old and the mother of five children, Mama Natade is the breadwinner in her house. She needs to earn extra funds to provide for her family’s needs, both basic and secondary. Mama Natade is usually a casual laborer, earning low wages, but her hard work both day and night has kept her family running well.

 

Leading by Example

Shambani Village, Kenya

Mr. Albino is a Transformational Community Development (TCD) leader in Shambani Village. He says that his life has personally changed as a result of our TCD coaching over several years. His ways of reasoning are not like before. He had given up, along with the community, after the government and other stakeholders came in with the purpose of helping the village with hand-outs. He ended up seeing dependence and poverty rise even more.

Transforming Rainwater

Shambani Village, Kenya

The previous season in Shambani Village was a great blessing after they had a good harvest for food and seedlings. But as this year started, the main stream that feeds the water pan for irrigation had dried up completely, and the weather changed so badly that nobody could walk or work during the heat. All hope for planting this season had diminished, and all stored food had been eaten.

Looking after the Elderly

Shambani Village, Kenya

Recently we taught the Shambani Wellness Committee how to stop complications that rise among the bed-ridden elderly as their strength wastes away and their bodies can’t absorb many nutrients to keep them healthy. It becomes a silent killer, as it hurts the elders: They grow weaker by the day, without anybody looking after them.

Cooking for Life

Shambani Village, Kenya

Mama Akale, an HIV-positive widow, shares how embarrassing life was when she used to survive on her neighbors’ leftovers. Making ends meet sounded like a fairy tale. For herself and her children, there was stigmatization and rejection. The people who treated them badly were the same people they looked to for help. Mama Akale confesses that at times she felt like taking her own life, but for the love of her children, she held on strongly.

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