Tandaza Trust has some significant and exciting plans for 2019. Since its inception the Trust has impacted on the lives of over 500 individuals amongst Nairobi’s street families. This is set to continue this year.
The Trust plans to continue and expand its SILC and Sports Therapy programs. More Alpha courses will be run. In addition, the Trust will work with its clients towards starting a community project that they can run as a group to generate income. The goal is to reduce reliance on the current food program and increase independence in a sustainable manner.
Land and the agricultural program
One of the most exciting developments ahead for 2019 is the acquisition of new land and the re-establishment of the agricultural arm of the Trust’s activities. This project suffered a major setback in early 2018 when the Trust lost the land that it was farming following the sudden and unexpected termination of its lease. The good news now is that the Trust has been donated 1 acre of land in Isinya, a rural area outside of Nairobi. In addition to this generous donation the Trust is negotiating to purchase two adjoining acres. The first acre is expected to be transferred to the Trust in April and it is expected that a farm manager will be established on the property by September. The Trust is exploring the best cash crops and animals for the land ready to start in September. The agriculture program will provide regular income as well as an opportunity for clients of the Trust to learn important agricultural skills that will improve employment opportunities.
Australian Friends of Tandaza supported the original agricultural program, viewing it as a valuable contribution to making the work of the Trust sustainable into the future. For the past 12 months funds raised by AFoT have been kept in trust in Australia in anticipation of being able to assist the Trust purchase its own land. It is going to be very exciting to watch this come to fruition in 2019!
In addition to the agricultural program the Trust is planning to generate income to support its programs by establishing a charity shop along similar lines to the Salvation Army or St Vincent De Paul’s here in Australia. The Trust is currently seeking sponsorship from a large telecommunications company to assist with this project. Please join us as we journey alongside the Trust in these exciting ventures that will transform communities.