Thursday, September 04, 2008

Heifer International

A world free of hunger and poverty ...
This is your passion, your ideal future.

Believing in the power of a concentrated effort, you’ve changed your own habits and lifestyle to reflect newly found knowledge. You’ve donated time and money. You’re proud to be part of a global movement committed to ending hunger and caring for the earth.

But it is not enough to simply live the lessons.

Pass It On.

Explore the links below to deepen your own knowledge of sustainability issues. And pass the gift of this information on to your family and friends.

Ten Things You Can Do Today

Waste Not, Want Not
There are better alternatives than just throwing away those leftovers. Check out these simple tips to create less waste and help the environment too. Read more.

Grow Your Own
Regardless of your dwelling; large or small, urban or rural - find out why it's worth your while to grow your own food. Read more.

Choose Coffee with a Conscience
Read our Coffee FAQs, and be an environmentally aware consumer the next time you order that Decaf Double Shot Skinny Latte. Read more.

Think Globally; Eat Locally
Discover why eating local food is one of the most significant choices you can make for the planet and for yourself. Read more.

Help Small Farmers
How does one person deal with an issue as complex as sustainable agriculture? Each of us can take steps to help support small farmers. In doing so, we also help ourselves. Read more.

New Ideas Make a Difference
With determination and innovation, even one person like you can make lasting change in this world. Read more.

Don't Be a Drip
Did you know we use an average of 100 gallons of water a day? Check out these simple ways to cut this number down to size and make sure we leave enough fresh water on this planet for future generations. Read more.

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The Buried Life

The Buried Life

What is The Buried Life?

The Buried Life is a network of people answering the ultimate question: What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?

It was inspired by four guys on a mission complete their own list of 100 things while helping strangers do the same.

Want to share with others or see their lists? go to:









Lea Toto, Swahili for “to raise the child”, is a community-based outreach program providing services to HIV+ children and their families in the Kangemi, Waithaka, Kawangware, Riruta, Mutuini, Ruthimitu, Kibera and Kariobangi communities of Nairobi, Kenya.

Recognizing that the orphanage was unable to provide direct support to the growing number of HIV+ children in the Nairobi area, Nyumbani launched the Lea Toto Program in 1998. Initially based out of an office at the Children’s Home, Lea Toto workers established a support program through which HIV+ children could remain with their caregivers in their communities. In 1999, with funding from USAID, Lea Toto became a full community-based care program charged to carry out a project targeting HIV+ children in the Kangemi slums of Nairobi.

The Lea Toto project uses the Home Based Care (HBC) model. All HBC programs have one goal in common - "improvement of the quality of life of the affected through a package of comprehensive care for the client and his/her family". This package usually includes:

Basic medical and nursing care
Counseling and psychological support
Spiritual guidance
Relief for social needs
HIV transmission prevention education
Promotion of community empowerment/ownership

Experience has shown that Home Based Care and counseling enables clients to live more positively and saves money that would otherwise be spent on hospital care. In this sense HBC is cost-effective, leading to reduced in-patient hospital stays and a reduced cost per beneficiary.

Other Program Services
• VCT (Voluntary Counseling & Testing)
• Clinical Care for home bound clients
• ART (anti-retroviral treatment) (since 2005)
• Permanency planning
• Training of Caregivers
• Nutritional Support
• Business development training/Income generation activities
• Providing Micro credit services to caregivers.

Program Goal
Mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS and decrease the risk of transmission through the provision of comprehensive home-based community care.

Provide 3,000 HIV positive children and an estimated 15,000 family members with high quality home based care and counseling services by June 2006.
• Provide a package of social support services to at least 50% of the 3,000 HIV positive children and their families
• To enhance the ability of targeted local communities to prioritize the needs of HIV+ children and their families and to carry out activities to meet these needs
• To provide the target communities with the skills necessary to negotiate support and maintain safe behavior

Program Challenges

• Poverty among the people served. Priority is given to basic needs: food & housing.
• Social Hindrances: Illiteracy, Relocation, Change of the caregiver.
• Cultural/Religious factors: Beliefs, Stereotypes and Misinformation about ART, The program is as equally stigmatized as the disease.
• Disclosing the HIV status to the growing children.
• Client inaccessibility due to security reasons.
• Possibility of accessing treatment from more than one ART provider.


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