Dripping With Promise

A story of hope on World Water Day 2016: Sub-Saharan Africa faces numerous challenges regarding access to water. Ninety percent of farmland is rain-fed leading to vulnerability in dry regions. But through Rice & Beans Month donations, a simple irrigation system in Kenya is not only nourishing soil, but souls…

When God called him to prepare a home for vulnerable children, Benson Mungai didn’t start by looking for kids. He planted a garden.

Today, in vivid contrast to the dry and dusty landscape, that garden spreads out for acres in front of Nipe Tumaini Children’s Home in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Rows of beans, onions, and spinach stripe the fields, and trees hang heavy with fruit. The store room is full of dry beans and maize from the previous harvest.

Benson and his wife Eunice’s vision was to create a safe home where children would receive love and holistic care, with an additional focus: “We believe sustainability is the way to go, for any project or organization to succeed,” says Benson. Through farming and irrigation, Nipe Tumaini is working toward growing enough food to feed the kids and staff, with surplus to sell in the market. Rice & Beans Month is helping these promising ideas become a reality.

Rice & Beans Month donations purchased a drip irrigation system and a 10,000-liter storage tank. “This is a semi-arid area,” Benson explains. “People can go years without getting a harvest. Many kids can go without a meal, or maybe just eat once a day. We are so grateful for the drip irrigation, because with very little water we are able to grow crops. In fact, here we buy very little. Whenever we need a banana, it is there on the farm. If we need the papayas, they are there. Slowly by slowly we are moving forward, planting more. So it will be amazing for the kids!”

Drop by drop, the children’s home is becoming self-sustaining. Nipe Tumaini means “give me hope,” and that is exactly what the home is doing for vulnerable children. Benson offers his thanks to those who have donated, saying, “We have seen the results of Rice & Beans Month here, and your sacrifice is not in vain.”

As our newest partnership, there are some very young children (ages 4-6) at Nipe Tumaini who do not yet have sponsors. If you would like to change the life of a child at this beautiful home, please visit our sponsorship page, or contact us by email at info@lahash.org.

To find out more about Rice and Beans Month, visit eatriceandbeans.com.