Self-Sufficiency and Community Development

“The best way to help Africans today is to help them to stand on their own feet. And the best way to do that is by helping to create jobs” – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (World Bank director)

HTN’s approach to training orphans is unique and so is our self-sufficient model. We know that in order to be effective, we must not only focus on 530 children on our campus, we must invest in the surrounding community. Ultimately, we don’t want to give a hand out to the Nyahururu community. We want to empower them to generate wealth and solve their own problems.

So far this year, 23% of operating costs have been raised through local businesses launched and maintained by HTN. This model represents a new paradigm in orphanage campuses that is incredibly effective.

One great example of a business at HTN is the Agricultural Project. Donors have contributed donations for three greenhouses, encouraging a self-sufficient agricultural model. These greenhouses provide food for the children. Extra produce is sold and money is invested back into the greenhouses, creating jobs for the community. A one-time donation will have ongoing results, money is literally multiplied year after year after year.

Another business (generating over a thousand US dollars a month) is a bus line established from Nairobi to Nyahururu. This bus runs twice a day and allows the Nyahururu community to afford trips to the bigger city to find work, see family, or purchase goods.

These are only two of HTN’s many active businesses. Your support is giving towards a model of self-sufficiency and community development. Thank you!

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