Change Creators are generous individuals who sponsor specific, life-changing projects within ChildFund New Zealand’s dedicated areas. By committing to Change Creators you will be part of a small group making significant change. All Change Creator projects help reach our development goals in our long-term plans for change.
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Change Creators is a group of generous New Zealanders who sponsor specific projects within ChildFund's dedicated areas - areas where more significant change is needed for children. Emali, in Kenya, is one such dedicated area.
Current project: Emali, Kenya
Become a Change Creator for the Children of Emali, Kenya. For the Emali farmer's, milk is everything. It is income. It is sustenance. It is education for their children. It is life. Our 2017 Change Creators are on a mission to improve Email farming, for good.
Droughts and Famine: Farming in Emali is never easy
The Change Creator Project Goal:
A two year project to improve farmers' livelihoods in Emali and create lasting change for their families and children.
To achieve these goals, we need to raise a total of $200,000
Issues facing Emali
- 58% of families can't provide a balanced diet for their children.
- 50% of rural households have no access to a toilet.
- 30% of locals collect their water from unsafe sources.
- 65% literacy rate - lower than the national rate of 71%.
Our Roadmap to Improve Emali Farming, For Good.
Improved Nutrition and Milk Production
Environmental impact and soil analysis to identify any issues.
Create a five-acre plot to demonstrate better nutrition and pasture management.
New Zealand fodder expert Dr Jim Gibbs will advise on farm system plans and what fodder to grow to increase milk yield and improve animal health.
50 farmers to be trained in business development and 25 in pasture management. Stock management training and the formation of working groups for farmers to gain better knowledge, resources and collective bargaining power will support this.
Better Cattle, All Year Round
238 farmers will be trained in artificial insemination to produce better dairy stock. Year round breeding will improve consistency of milk supply. Stock quality and production will be further supported by the introduction of hybrid heifers.
Inspiring A New Generation of Farmers
Establish ‘vet clubs’ in schools, train 20 youths in animal health and productivity and hold annual agricultural shows to showcase farming techniques.
“We are both delighted to be a part of Change Creators. We love getting to know the stories’ of children and their families, and see how our contribution changes their lives. It means a lot to us that we can be involved in where our gift is going. Most of all, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to visit the project in Vietnam once it has been completed.” - John and Valerie Churchill, Auckland.
Timor-Leste Project: Strengthening youth economic development & employment
Timor-Leste is a young country, with approximately 60% of the population under the age of 25. These young people are both the hope of the nation and its biggest challenge. They often lack in essential life and livelihood skills and are often undervalued by adults. This gives them little hope of breaking the cycle of poverty. There is a desperate need and want to help them get ahead, they are the future of their country. This Change Creator project will help youth gain the skills and business know how to find employment or to start their own business.
ChildFund New Zealand’s Change Creators have supported a project in Vietnam to provide parents with the skills and resources that will allow them to grow healthy, happy and educated children. This includes initiatives to grow family livelihoods and improve food sources.
The kindness and commitment of our Change Creators is life-changing for children and their families in Vietnam!
See what their awesome effort has achieved below:
• Families have received agricultural training on growing crops and animal raising.
• 72 households have received training in potato growing. This is an innovative crop that utilizes unused land that will contribute to income generation for families.
• ChildFund’s partner, the Vegetable and Fruit Institute, provided training to farmers and on-site technical support, and will purchase the potatoes grown to on-sell to a commercial buyer.
Families have also received training on ginger plantation, a new livelihood for local people initiated by ChildFund. The advantages of growing ginger include:
• Suitable with the local soil and climate conditions.
• Farmers only have to buy seedlings for their first crop. From second crop onwards, they can use some of the harvested ginger as seedlings for the next crop.
• Ginger is in high demand. They can sell at 9,000 to 12,000 VND per kilogram depending on market demand.
We would love to talk to you about how you can change the lives of children, their families, and their communities. Get in touch with our Relationship Manager, Carolyn Brooke to have a chat about Change Creators today.