Background information about Korogocho slums
Income-Generating Programs of Rehema:
The organization is involved in income-generating activities such as tailoring (including sewing machines), raising poultry and rabbits, fish farming, mushroom farming and maize farming on leased pieces of land in Kitale, Western Kenya. It is through these projects that the organization generates much of its income. Poultry-rearing for layers and broilers contributes a lot to the payment of staff members, while maize- and bean-farming contributes a lot towards the feeding program.
In 2008, Kenya has suffered severe post-election violence. Many have lost their lives and homes, and many others have been displaced. This has suddenly increased the number of children who came to seek shelter at Rehema. In addition, because many shops in the slums have been burnt down, there has been a shortage of food. Because food has to be brought in from further away, this increases the costs. In addition 30 bags of maize and 10 bags of beans of the foods that were stored in Kitale (West-Kenya) as part of the income-generating program have been lost, which endangered the nutritional program. A batch of 200 chicks that was raised as part of the income-generating activities was lost because there was nothing to feed them.
Since then, the situation has been variable. In 2012-2013, the school has been having difficulty finding the resources to pay the teachers, so the most experienced teachers have left to find better paid jobs elsewhere.
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