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P.E.I. residents encouraged to a gift through Farmers Helping Farmers

A Kenyan woman shows some of the produce grown with a vegetable growing bag provided by Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) to families. It’s one of the new gift items offered through the FHF Holiday campaign.
A Kenyan woman shows some of the produce grown with a vegetable growing bag provided by Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) to families. It’s one of the new gift items offered through the FHF Holiday campaign. - Contributed

From mosquito nets and soccer balls to books for a school library, there’s plenty to choose from

Helping rural children in Kenya is at the heart of Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) Holiday Campaign.

The 2019 campaign offers many ways to give a gift with meaning and support Kenyan farm families.

There are a dozen different gift suggestions, ranging from $10 for a mosquito net, $20 for a soccer ball and $100 for books for a school library to $600 for a dairy cow and $1,000 to establish a vegetable garden for a school.

A number of the gift suggestions will enable Farmers Helping Farmers to match recently secured project funding for its work in Kenya, details of which will be announced in the near future. 

Every dollar donated will be multiplied five-fold for the following: a bag to grow vegetables for a farm family; vitamin-A rich orange-fleshed sweet potatoes for 10 school children; seeds for a vegetable garden for a family or an entire school; a solar light so children can study at night and a rainwater storage tank for a family.

The vegetable grow bag is one of the newer initiatives for FHF. It allows families with very little land to be able to grow healthy vegetables for themselves and even some extra to sell.

The solar-powered lights are also an important gift because they help young students who live in homes without electricity. The solar lamps are a better option than kerosene lamps, which create indoor air pollution.

The holiday vampaign also accepts donations towards the ongoing work of FHF to make schools in Kenya more disability friendly.

"One hundred per cent of these gifts will go directly to Kenya," said Wendy MacDonald, FHF president.

 “We look forward to helping farm families change their lives for the better, and it’s your support and involvement that makes this possible.”

Donors will receive a gift card in time for Christmas for donations received by Dec. 15.

Last year’s holiday campaign raised more than $50,000 and had a positive impact on the lives of roughly 1,500 individuals in their farm households plus 4,500 children in schools in Kenya.

The entire list of gift suggestions is available on the Farmers Helping Farmers website, as well as details on how to make a donation online or by mail.

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