Our parcel of land is unique in that we look over at another hillside where they still illegally cut trees to make charcoal. I can visually show our kids that "they" (across the river) are destroying your future and "you" (the student) are protecting yours. A shock to the senses, the sight of rapid deforestation on the next hill and smell of burning wood throughout the valley brings the point home. The contrast is vivid, the lesson real and not read abstractly from a book or newspaper story.Read More
Then, to our great dismay the "chicken rustlers" hit our compound in town!!! They took our 8 beautiful laying hens. They had to make it over two walls and get past the dogs. I guess they figured out a good plan as many neighbors fell victim. Before our hens started laying we had been buying our organic eggs from a neighbor who lost 40 hens to the rustlers. Now we are both out of luck and our beautiful hens will be on someone’s dinner table.Read More
The other day was definitely a Doggie Day Sunday. Sunday is often the day I walk around checking on dogs and handing out big bones.Read More
Thanks to an incredibly generous grant by Rotary District 5080 with clubs in Idaho, Washington and British Columbia, we have a functioning solar water pump and storage system at Wana Duma Eco-Village. Water is LIFE!
Much of 2017 was spent on this ambitious project. First we needed to get to the water - a naturally occurring fresh water spring bordering the property. The only thing in our way? A fifty foot cliff.Read More
My day often begins at 4 AM. My only chance for a peaceful cup of coffee before the day begins. That is followed by computer, organizing the day, the dogs and out the door by 8:30-9.
The elections have still thrown the whole country for a loop. No one knows what to think but lots of opinions!! Sound familiar?!
Today started out as a "typical" Wana Duma day.Read More
Our new solar/water system enables us to keep planting not only our "endangered forest" but more crops, such as maize, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, cabbage tomatoes and beans to name just a few.Read More
It comes down to quality of life. Witnessing ways you can save someone’s life or, at the very least, make it more bearable is incredibly satisfying.Read More
After a 50-minute flight, I land in the extreme noonday heat of the Kenya Northern Frontier. The plane fully loaded with medical supplies, school supplies for the school built in honor of my Mother, and food and general supplies for my time up there.Read More
“UNTIL YOU DIG A HOLE, YOU PLANT A TREE, YOU WATER IT AND MAKE IT SURVIVE, YOU HAVEN’T DONE A THING. YOU ARE JUST TALKING.” Wangari MaathaiRead More
Wana Duma Children's Project (WDCP) is honored to be considered for one of the first ever #glassybabygrants. We have already received a grant and now YOU can help determine the level of support. $3,000? $2,000? or $1,000? Any amount will make a difference in the lives of the women and children we serve! (But voting is just plain fun!) LIKE-VOTE-SHARERead More
How the dying art of traditional Kiondo making helps aging grandmothers provide for their families.Read More
Serah, our little girl born with Spina Bifida, had called earlier in the week to say she missed us and it had been too long – When were we coming to see her…and could we bring balloons, please?!?Read More
Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day. We are celebrating the amazing women of Wana Duma Children's Project. Lead by passionate women, both in Kenya and the United States, Wana Duma Children's Project provides health and wellness support for mothers who are HIV+ and grandmothers and great-grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren. Inspiring. Selfless. Loving. Hardworking. These are just a few words to describe the many women we have the honor of serving.Read More
Stepping off the airplane and into the busy, humid Nairobi night after traveling for more than 24 hours is both an exhausting and exhilarating moment. I am back!Read More
"It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees." ~Wangari Maathai
When life is at its' most difficult we often find it is the people surrounding us who can help change the feeling of desperation to determination. That difficult point is exactly where Wana Duma Children's Project (WDCP) operates - right between despair and hopeful determination.Read More
In Kenya, where nearly half of the population lives below the poverty line, families are often forced to make difficult decisions on how best to use their limited resources for the benefit of their children.Read More