BIG CHANGES AT GAIL’S HOUSE
After 15 years of working/living in Kibwezi, Kenya, it was time for its founders, Jenn & Janette Hofmann, to pass the torch on to another US based non-profit, Generation Next (GN). Young, well funded and eager to expand on our accomplishments, we are happy to know that Gail’s House and the farm will be in good hands. Over the years, Nomad Charities turned 5 acres of land into a thriving children’s home and a self-sustainable farm.
Some of Nomad’s accomplishments include: the drilling of a borehole, creating an extensive water catchment system for both the building and the farm, beautiful gardens and an impressive chicken coup, which house all our banana and fruit trees! The entire facility is powered by solar energy and our borehole pump can be powered by solar, wind and electric power.
The transition of Gail’s House will take place over a 3yr. period – January 2016 to December 2018. Although we will miss Gail’s House, it opens the doors to new and exciting projects for us, including
THE ZURI PROJECT
Well under way, please check back with us to learn more about this exciting new project, which will take place in both Kenya and Tanzania.
WATERMELON AND OTHER CASH CROPS ON NOMAD’S FARM – KIBWEZI, KENYA
We did it! Finally, after years of working to get year-round water to the crops, cultivating and preparing our land for farming and then finding the funds to make it happen… well, we did it! In October of 2015 we finally harvested our first cash crop of watermelon on one acre of land. In December of 2015 we will farm all 5 acres of our land, growing both watermelon and a local crop called Green Paper. A spice where we will market in Mombasa. The turnaround for these two crops is 3 months so we anticipate a prosperous year in 2016 in the farming department!
____________________________________________________________________< EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BELLA WIENER TO TALK AT MUSE CONFERENCE
Check out the amazing MUSE Conference March 6th – 8th, 2015 and catch Jenn and Bella’s talk on all this Africa – all thing girl power that is!
NOVEMBER 2014 – IN KENYA!
October and November have been two of the most productive months in Kenya in the last 15 years. In all we have completed a computer lab at Gail’s House, a cement culvert to capture water that will fill a massive pond dug by 42 women Nomad employed, planted maze on our land for the first time, added electricity to Gail’s House and installed a new water pump.
In addition, we have expanded our mission to find more sponsors for girls in our Student Sponsorship Program. We are currently updating our website so please be patient as it should be completed shortly. We are also adding a store where 100% of the African items sold will go towards Nomad’s programs and services within the community of Kibwezi, Kenya. It’s been an amazing year!
AUGUST 2014 NOMAD WILL START THE CONSTRUCTION OF OUR CULVERT & RESERVOIR
With funding from the Olive Bridge Fund, we will now start construction on our 1ft x 2 ft culvert, which will be roughly 1/4 a mile in length and made with cement. We are hiring 12 local women with HIV/AIDS to help with the entire job. Nomad will also be working to build a fence around our remaining property to keep livestock out of our fields and fish ponds.
FUNDING, FUNDING & MORE FUNDING!
In mid July the Executive Director traveled to Portland, OR for an important fundraising meeting. What came from it was a commitment of $25,000 for the next 3 years as well as $15,000 starting August of 2014 to complete our massive irrigation project and then a matching grant of $11,000 for a much needed truck for our farm and kids in Kenya. Thank you Olive Bridge Fund for keeping Nomad alive and thriving!!
NOMAD STAFF MADE IT HOME AFTER A 2 MONTH STAY! – June 17th, 2014
Wow, so much to share but with jet-lag I’ll try and keep it short and sweet. We had an incredible time. As always, you go over with the hopes of accomplishing your ‘list’ only to accomplish an entirely different list. This trip we planted 12 banana tress, built a cement chicken coop filled with 10 hens and a rooster, fenced in the area for predators, planted dozens of flowers and trees, prepared the land for harvest this October, building an extensive irrigation system before the heavy rains come and on and on.
We hired a group of 10 women, all suffering from HIV/AIDS to build the fish ponds. They can build a pond in 10 days! Incredible feeling to hire local women and make dear friends along the way.
Added four girls to our Student Sponsorship Program so we now have a total of 14 students we sponsor for secondary school. Next trip of course is this October for another 2 month stint. We have a lot of new faces and Kenyan employees this go around, which has been a huge help for our organization and beyond. Certainly more updates coming your way soon. Cheers! Jenn
LOTS HAS HAPPENED HERE IN KENYA! – May 9th
In the past two weeks since I’ve been here we have installed the kitchen stove, installed the second 10,000 liter tank, put the banana ‘orchard’ in and wired off this space to keep our hens. The chicken coop started construction 5 days ago and going well. I am now in Nairobi for meetings with the NGO Board, KCB – Bank and the shipping container arriving into Mombasa May 20th.
WATER CATCHMENT PROJECT COMPLETE
We have completed the installation of rain gutters being place all around the roof at Gail’s House. We have also purchased two 10,000 liter tanks that will capture and disperse the rain water to our gardens and ponds.
OFF TO KENYA APRIL 17th FOR TWO MONTHS!
Executive Director Jenn Hofmann will be heading back over to Kenya mid April for a two month period. During this time she will be working on the fish pond project, setting up a drip irrigation system, planting peppers for export to Europe and overseeing a container that is being shipped from the US to Mombasa and then on to Gail’s House in Kibwezi. IKEA, Home Depot and Lowes have graciously donated equipment and household furnishing for the orphanage.
THE OLIVE BRIDGE FUND – GRANT AWARD
We are please to announce that Nomad Charities has been awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Olive Bridge Fund for 2014.
DOROTHY HAUS ROSS FOUNDATION – GRANT AWARD – 2014
Nomad Charities is pleased to announce a grant award in the amount of $8,545.00 to assist us with the completion of our Tilapia Fish Project in Kibwezi, Kenya.
PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER CONFIRMED!
Nomad is thrilled to welcome Peace Corps volunteer Conor McGee to the Nomad family. Conor is living at Gail’s House, working primarily in Public Health, which means HIV/AIDS testing, malaria prevention, water treatment, and advancing household community health. Although I see a bit of Tilapia farming in his/her future too.
BURN THE IVORY CAMPAIGN
In response to the elephant poaching crisis in Africa being fueled by the demand for ivory in Asia, Nomad has launched a new initiative called BURN THE IVORY. Our mission is to bring awareness to the poaching epidemic plaguing Africa through advocacy, education, and support for on the ground elephant conservation and anti-poaching efforts. Get involved and learn more about our ambitious new project here: www.burntheivory.org
INTRODUCING CODY HARROLD
Cody will be overseeing our fish farming pilot project in Kibwezi, Kenya starting in October of 2013. Cody will live at Gail’s House until May of 2014, overseeing all aspects of both produce and Tilapia farming. Nomad is lucky to have Cody on board!
FISH FARMING 2014 / 2015
Nomad’s next project includes building a pilot project for fish farming on our 5 acres of land. We have the water, the solar energy, the security and the Kenyan government will supply the workers to dig the pond. We are thrilled to be able to launch this new project!
CELL PHONE DRIVE
We are ALWAYS collecting used cell phones to take to Kenya. The phones are sold in Nairobi and ALL funds are used to pay tuition fees for our students involved in Nomad’s Student Sponsorship Program.
GRANT AWARD RASKOB FOUNDATION
Thank you to the Raskob Foundation for grants funds, which are to be used specifically for our fish farming project. Thank you!
WGBH TELEVISION RENEWS CONTRACT
The Eskimo and the Whale will continue to be used on the Teachers’ Domain site, which is screened in classrooms throughout the country. Thank you PBS!
Check out Jenn’s nationally televised Subaru commercial about Nomad Charities. Thank you to everyone from around the country who have donated money and/or have taken on a student in our Student Sponsorship Program. Hats Off! To screen the video click and/or paste address below: