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My name is Cosmas. My wife Rachel and I take care of orphans and abandoned children. We have done this for the last 14 years and we have seen many children move from despair to self-reliant individuals.

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Problem Statement

Our Rescue centre is located near the slopes of Chyullu hills in Mtito Andei division of Makueni county. Our region is known to be semi-arid and annually affected by lack of food. As such food remains our biggest challenge and it is impossible to rely purely on handouts from well-wishers and give the children under our care proper diet. We are however lucky that we have our own land of 20 acres. Though rocky, it is volcanic and very fertile. We also have own borehole with 4 cubic litres per hour water production. Although we do sell the water to our neighbours, the sales can’t help buy enough food for the children. The best sustainability measure for us is to produce our own food. Enough food for the rescue centre consumption and sufficient surplus to sell.

Donors come and go and we have read of organizations that simply fold up when that happens. To avoid finding ourselves in similar situation, we project to utilize our land through sustainable irrigation. Our focus is to install 4 greenhouses that can be planted in rotation so that we have food and variety of it through out the year.

We have ready market for all the surplus. We have local community with an estimated population of 300-400 people and two boarding schools that currently buy from us. We cannot however be reliable in meeting their demand because we only have one greenhouse of 8MX15M. The Serena Hotels (Kilaguni lodge) inside the Tsavo west are our partners and have a commitment to buy from us at any time we have enough to sell. The greenhouses shall be planted with tomatoes, kale (Sukumawiki), spinach, sweet-melon and onions.

Earnings from surplus sales will be utilized in meeting other centre’s running costs. Such costs include medical bills, school levies and fees and purchase of foods that cannot be produced from the farm. This is an opportunity that will enable us support more children from destitute families.

Our vision is “ILLUMINATING THE COMMUNITY; ONE CHILD A TIME”. This is what you will help me do through this project. When all the children leave this centre with education, the translation is generational change. The vicious cycle of poverty inherent in those families shall forever be broken. LETS DO IT.

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Project Details

I have been taking care of children for the last 14 years and my biggest challenge has always been providing proper diet and sufficient food consistently. The one small greenhouse helps a lot when it has ready produce but it is very limited. We always have gaps without production between harvests. We are also limited in terms of variety of crops. During such gaps we have to buy vegetables from the market 5 kilometres away. This increases our operating costs thus limiting our ability to take care of the kids. We pump the water using solar energy. This ensures low risk of water-flow interruptions.

THE PROJECT

I am proposing installing three extra greenhouses of sizes 8MX24M. My preferred supplier is Amiran (K) Ltd. Their greenhouses are long-lasting and come with comprehensive after-sale support. One tunnel is delivered with seeds, fertilizers and pesticides sufficient for a cycle. It also comes with a1000 litres water tank, a knapsack and protective gears. They do installation and unlimited consultancy as and when needed. Their cover is long-lasting. This size of greenhouse has potential to give Kshs. 300,000 surplus per year. This amount can educate 20 secondary day-scholars for a year or run the rescue centre for three months. Each greenhouse utilizes only a 1000 litres of water per day. The manpower demand is very minimal. One man can manage 5 greenhouses competently.

While our target is four greenhouses, we are open to acquiring them progressively such that before the onset of harvest of preceding greenhouse, the next is ready for installation. A gap of three months between each acquisition is sufficient.

We are registered as a community-based organization and thus a non profit making entity. We shall sell our produce to Serena Hotels at prevailing Market prices and to the local community and educational institutions at a subsidized cost. This shall ensure that all our produce get sold.

The budget has been tabulated using current greenhouse prices from Amiran, cost of transportation based on historical costs, land preparations, extension and installation of piped water to each greenhouse. One greenhouse will thus cost Kshs. 481,000.

Total for three greenhouses is Kshs. 1,443,000

Farming is a sure way to food sustainability and good health. I pray that this project finds favour in your good hearts.

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1. Prose

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8%

2. Investor Confidence Boost

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12%

3. Acceptable contingency budget

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4. Plan B

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5%

5. Scalable

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5%

6. Standardized

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10%

7. Realistic

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10%

8. Return on Investment

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10%

9. Market

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10%

10. Intrinsic Value

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10%

TOTAL

80%

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  • Shadrack

    I can confidently testify that Sikizana, under the management of Mr cosmas and wife Rachel has made many children’s life turn for the better. This is mainly through care and education. I am a beneficiary of the same and these two people are just like parents to me. I higly recommend the funding of their project to help raise and uplift other more children in all dynamics of life. Sikizana is the reason for my success today. Together we can help more and more children. Thank you.

  • Amos

    Great project Cosmas and family. Blessings.

  • Solomon

    Sikizana trust paved a way for me to be a highschool teacher today. Everything he does is for the greater good of the young generation that need him the most. And this project is a way of helping him to do just that.

  • Musau

    Cosmas and Rachel are real guardians and real parents we have at Sikizana Rescue Centre.They are dedicated to serve the souls of hopeless children,I am a living testimony of their good will deeds which has changed many lives from rags to great people who are changing lives of the community and this is what makes a nation grow.
    Funding of the Sikizana Rescue Centre Project is helping the Nation to grow through those homeless children who depend on our Guardians Cosmas and Rachel for clothing,food and education.
    I support the idea of the Greenhouse farming for Sikizana Rescue centre.It is a genuine project and those stand in to support poor and broken hearts of the homeless and orphans kindly show your good heart through supporting this project.It is with great honour and peace when you give towards supporting those who are poor and hopeless,you rekindle their candles and life is once again given a meaning.

  • Paul

    I am one of the beneficiaries of sikizana trust 11 years ago. Sikizana Trust has been outstanding in helping needy children and the community at large. Through Sikizana, children are able to turn impossibilities into possibilities. For as long as you remain committed into helping the community, your work will remain recommendable. We may differ on different issues but on this one, we are together.

  • Dorcas

    This project is commentable.
    As part of Sikizana Trust Center, support to this project will boost both rescue centre and the surrounding community.It will be the joy of we as Sikizana rescue centre

  • Caroline

    Please please fund this project. And if you have time go and see the good job for yourself

  • Augustus

    This is very commendable work Sikizana Trust. May God bless you for all the work that you are doing in helping the community. This is indeed a great project and I sincerely pray that you will reach your targets and achieve your noble goals.
    God willing I will try and pass by later in the year.
    Best regards to your entire team.

  • John

    This project is commendable. I visited the site over Christmas holiday and for sure sikizana trust under the leadership of Hon nzilili has helped not only the students but the surrounding community. I learned a lot of things including fish farming, something that i never imagined could be possible in our area. Kudos mheshimiwa and continue serving the community and God will bless you.

  • Marygorrett

    I am one of the young individuals Sikizana Trust took under their wing 12 years ago. I had just done my O levels and had no way forward. They took me to college, everything paid for and got a Diploma in Business Administration.
    Today I am almost financially stable and it’s thanks to Cosmas and Rachel, and Sikizana Trust as a community based organization.
    Back then food provision was the biggest problem because donors focused on paying our tuition fee. So, the planned 3 green houses will be of huge help to the orphaned and abandoned children under Sikizana Trust. I hope people give knowing that they are changing lives.
    When you donate, you give a child a chance like the one I got, and you most definitely change the future for the better.

  • Muthami

    This will not just help the Rescue Centre, but the community as a whole. I come fromMwitasyano, and I know well enough how the kids in the Sikizana Rescue Centre really need this project. #Let’s do it.

  • Christopher

    This project will help the large rescue centre from food crisis

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