In January 2006 East African Care had already started an education project to help older children who had received little education. They were sponsoring 25 children when it became clear that for some children it would not be possible to attend secondary school. Those children needed a new plan for their future.
EAC started an agricultural project for these children to learn a trade. Without a job and further education, they had little prospects. There was a good start: EAC had purchased some land, they had a well and latrines, but there was much to be done before the project could start. They needed a fence, a tap for the well, electricity, a shelter, a glass house, plants and trees, a chicken run, stables and livestock. The Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation could contribute financially to the building materials for the project.
The project is currently going well. The pupils started by clearing the area and building a fence so wild animals couldn’t come in. Stables were built, and a water tower. Soon corn and rice were planted, and after that tomatoes, aubergine, peppers, papaya trees, melons and beans. Of course there was a lot to learn for the pupils, and there were a few set backs. For example a national infestation of insects affected the corn and the price of livestock went up drastically. However, there was a beautiful harvest that allowed for the children to be paid Kshs. 2,000 each per month.