Touching Stories 

These two boys are not siblings, but are friends who do things together.  We took interest in them because they were not playing like other 9 and 11 year-olds normally do. They seem to wander the village looking for odd jobs to get extra money for their families.  They have started experiencing adult-type problems at a young age. Problems like not finding work, not being paid on time or not being paid at all for the work they do.  What we did for them to change their demeanor was very simple. We paid them twice what they were owed for doing the work. They had been  requesting to be paid for weeks and weeks.
It is doubtful that Kevin and Regan they consistently attend school. The confidence in their future is uncertain. It is doubtful that they themselves know. The boys need to be given a second chance to remedy their situation if they are willing to work hard to advance themselves and therefore, their families. 

Update:  We checked on the boys one year later. They are still in school, thanks to local leaders who make sure that no child stays out of school.




Meet Joyce & Austin
Pilot project recipients

These siblings were excited to be in the pilot project and get their own chickens.  When the chickens got sick, they immediately started mixing leaves known to be pain relievers  for humans, as they heard from adults.  Even though the chickens died, they were  proud to have given them medicine they made themselves. We replaced the chickens and they already enjoy the eggs whenever they want . ​  

Meet Some Backpack Recipients 

The smiles made our day !!!   

Meet Aliba, Njuuju, and Nalwoga
Pilot Project Recipients

These siblings are the show case for creativity in taking care of the only surviving chicken from our pilot project, although they lost the rooster within one month of getting it. They named their hen  "Alinjuna", by combining the first two letters of their names. The children must “watch” their hen all the time in case it gets stolen.  Sometimes they even put it on a leash or cage it to protect it. The house they made for "Alinjuna" is so secure from their perspective that  they have to let her in and out through the roof of the chicken house (picture on the  far right).  Alinjuna's is actually housed in the family living quarters, just like many other families.

Grandma Betty makes sure that the children get their eggs regardless of where they are, even in boarding school. Aliba, Njuuju, and Nalwoga are not yet tired of eating their eggs boiled or fried. Egg omelet sandwiches are most recent ​​ favorite breakfast item. 
 Update: We replaced the rooster they lost and we understand the family not only enjoys eating eggs, but also has some baby chicks to attend to now.

With the help of Grandma Betty, these siblings started a "garden in sacks" for yams. Sacks are space savers and are easy to weed and water.

 Instructing Children on Seed Planting

Margaret, a local coordinator and mentor, is dedicated to instructing children on seed planting and other farm chores.

Children and families are encouraged to be creative in implementing what Trustlines gives them.  Margaret, the local coordinator, gives  children vegetable seeds and instructs them to be responsible for growing their own version of a garden
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