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Posted by on Apr 3, 2011 in AIDS Walk NY Campaign, Blog, Panel | 0 comments

RECENT MRA PROJECT: RUVUMA TANZANIA One of the programs MRA undertakes is the GOAT HOPE. Goat Hope was established as a microenterprise, supporting both the nutritional and income needs to people affected by HIV/AIDS in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Even though, the program began in Kenya, MRA is proud to extend to other parts of Africa. One of the most recent places is in Ruvuma Tanzania. WHAT IS GOAT HOPE? MRA distributes dairy goat to families where at least one family member is affected with HIV/AIDS. The goat provides milk to the family for consumption, and the sale of the surplus brings income to the family. WHY GOAT HOPE? I am going to use some big words here, but don’t panic!Immunodeficiency disorder or immunosuppression simply means suppression of the immune system in the human body. This may occur for many reasons, one of which is AIDS. Research shows that goat milk is easy to digest than cow milk. It is also high in nutrients such as Vitamin B1, B6 and contains Niacin content, therefore helping people suffering from immunodeficiency disorder. Also, goat is more easily acceptable in the Sub-Saharan African cultures. It requires low resources to sustain and grow their herds, resulting in higher return. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? On average, the Goat Hope project approximately costs $5,500 annually. The funds are used to purchase 24 crossbred dairy goats which are leased to six households (i.e. four goats per household), with at least one member affected with HIV/AIDS. The funds are also used to provide training, constant evaluation and support to local NGOs on implementing and managing the Goat Hope project. OUR SUCCESS RATE? To date, MRA has implemented the Goat Hope project to over 30 households in Kenya. These households represent over 300 children, women and men affected with HIV/AIDS. Over 100 goats have been gifted to beneficiaries in three Kenyan provinces. BEYOND KENYA TO RUVUMA TANZANIA Ruvuma Tanzania has the similar rural settings as Kenya. We believe that the Goat Hope will have similar success in Ruvuma Tanzania, addressing better economic and health outcome among people affected by...

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Thank You for Supporting MRA!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in AIDS Walk NY Campaign, Blog, Panel | 0 comments

Thank You for Your Support to MRA!Hello! Great News! Goats have been delivered to 9 households in Transmara Kenya. The Goat Hope beneficiaries represent 60 children, women and men affected with HIV/AIDS. A few weeks ago we shared the profile of two families and today we list the other seven family profiles below. Kinangare Keiyua Family – Ms. Keiyua, a widow with three children, is HIV positive. Ms. Keiyua has maintained a very healthy lifestyle (considering the standards of living in rural Kenya) mainly through tilling her land where she grows very nutritious food crops (spinach, various legumes and fruit). The Keiyua diet, however, lacks animal protein that is particularly important for healthy growth of the younger children and a stronger immune system for Ms. Keiyua. The two goats they will receive will be extremely crucial in supplementing their household diet. Kinangare Tiringa Family is one of the smaller households impacted with HIV/AIDS in Enoosean Village, Transmara, Kenya. Ms. Tiringa, also HIV positive, keeps herself optimistic by rearing chicken that she sells to provide for resources that purchase her households food and other subsistent needs. The goats will be instrumental in supplementing their household income and furthering Ms. Tiringa’s goal of educating her children. Kinyingita Naigisa – Poses with her daughter and granddaughter. While Ms. Naigisa is not HIV positive, her daughter and granddaughter are. She has therefore assumed the role of caretaker at her golden years and the goats her household receive will be extremely important for her daughter and granddaughters nutrition. Naibaituni Nairimo household is one of the few families endowed with resources that can enable them quickly emerge from below the poverty line. Because this household has a son who is primary school educated and strong enough to perform various agricultural activities, their diet and economic outlook, though dire, is not as catastrophic as the other family profiles. The goats are the boost the Nairimo family needs to establish a stronger economic footing that can catapult them to an income level of $1500 – 2500 annually, just barely above the UN defined poverty line threshold. The goat milk will also be useful in providing much needed nutrition for Ms. Nairimo’s daughter who is HIV positive. Naoroi Nangea Family represents the unfortunate emerging trend in most of Africa’s Sub Saharan villages where the grandparents are having to play the role of caregiver after their grandchildren are orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Mama Nagea is almost 80 years old and her eight grandchildren were recently orphaned by AIDS that claimed the lives of their parents. Prior to the role of caretaker, Mama Nangea was already struggling to feed herself and could barely make it economically. Having been thrust into the role of provider again, Mama Nangea and family profiles like hers depend on projects like Goat Hope as the only lifeline. Medical Relief Alliance, Inc. will work closely with the local government officials in Enoosean to ensure that Mama Nangea receives the support she needs to be successful in rearing her dairy goats. Beyond the two goats she’ll receive, MRA intends to gift her additional two goats in 2011 owing to the size and need in her family. Narku Naigisa Family is another very hopeful family that requires a minimal support before breaking through to marginally live above the UN...

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Goat Hope: A Business That Will Triple The Narkumuran’s Family Income

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in AIDS Walk NY Campaign, Blog, Panel | 0 comments

In the 15 days leading to 2011, Medical Relief Alliance, Inc. wants to introduce you to the families that will greatly benefit from your monetary support for the Goat Hope Project. There are many other families still waiting to participate in MRA’s Goat Hope project, but need your continual support. Your gift that can be made safely and securely at www.mra-africa.org will enable us to purchase two dairy goats for a family of 6-8 members affected by HIV/AIDS. Your donation will help purchase goats which provide milk which improves the nutrition of the family while also establishing a path to financial independence through sales of surplus milk. Because of your help in 2009 and 2010, the families we supported, representing almost 40 children, women and men affected with HIV/AIDS, almost 70% of these families have increased their goat herds by 30% of the original gift subsequently increasing their income tremendously. The average family survives on $500 annually before participating in our goat project. After participating in our goat project for 12-18months, the average beneficiary family increases their income from $500 to $1,500 annually through sales of the goat milk! Your donation of at least $5 has the exponential capacity to transform lives in Kenya, one family at a time. Please visit our website to see how you can donate. Website:...

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You can Triple a Kenyan’s Salary

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in AIDS Walk NY Campaign, Blog, Panel | 0 comments

In the 15 days leading to 2011, Medical Relief Alliance, Inc. wants to introduce you to the families that will greatly benefit from your support of a gift of $5. Your gift that can be made safely and securely at www.mra-africa.org will enable us purchase two dairy goats for a family of 6-8 members affected by HIV/AIDS. Your donation will help purchase goats which provide milk which improves the nutrition of the family while also establishing a path to financial independence through sales of surplus milk. Because of your help in 2009 and 2010, the families we supported, representing almost 40 children, women and men affected with HIV/AIDS, almost 70% of these families have increased their goat herds by 30% of the original gift subsequently increasing their income tremendously. The average family survives on $500 annually before participating in our goat project. After participating in our goat project for 12-18months, the average beneficiary family increases their income from $500 to $1,500 annually through sales of the goat milk! Your donation of $5 thus has the exponential capacity to transform lives in Kenya, one family at a time. This is the Narkumuran family. A few years ago, Ms. Narkumuran’s husband lost his battle to HIV/AIDS and left behind his wife (Nangea) and 5 children (Lekakeny, Pain, Nolari, Simon & Lepore). Besides the challenges of single parenthood, Nangea is also HIV positive and also nursing Lepore who was born HIV positive. Albeit, the struggles, Nangea remains optimistic that life circumstances will soon change and that she can live behind a safety net for her children in the event the disease takes a toll on her health. For this reason, she is very active in a community based project that interfaces with Medical Relief Alliance’s goat project. Nangea is patiently awaiting her two dairy goats that will be delivered a week from today. She knows that the milk from the goats will be extremely important for Lepore’s diet and the surplus that remains, useful in selling and purchasing antiretroviral medication that would prolong her life and Lepore’s as well. Prior to the challenges life presented to the Narkumuran’s family, Nangea who is talented in handicraft, had to halt her beadwork which was renowned in the village. She hopes someday that she can have enough resources to revive her passion and perhaps turn this into a business venture that can supplement their family income. On behalf of the Narkumuran family, that you for your...

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Donate Your Cup of Joe to Help Families affected by HIV/AIDS

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in AIDS Walk NY Campaign, Blog, Panel | 0 comments

Hello! If you didn’t know, on December 16th, Medical Relief Alliance is launching their 2nd Goat Hope Project in Transmara, Kenya!!! A total of 9 families affected by HIV/AIDS, have been chosen to run a goat enterprise which will be a source of nutrition and income for them. The widows that head the household will be empowered to lead this enterprise and will have property (goats) and provide milk to her family members, and see their income increase! It’s been a wonderful, exciting time. We have 8 other non-profits in Kenya waiting for us to assist more families! Please visit our website and consider making a contribution to this innovative project. Medical Relief Alliance Website: http://www.mra-africa.org/ Donation Page:...

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Happy Memorial Day!

Posted by on May 31, 2010 in AIDS Walk NY Campaign, Blog, Panel | 0 comments

HEY! We hope all of you are enjoying your day off!! Of course, we know it’s supposed to be a day OFF but we would like to remind you of our active programs that you can participate in TODAY to help us relieve the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya! Medical Supplies & Equipment Relief Program (MS+ER): Beginning with Kenya, the core objective of MS+ER is to respond quickly, efficiently and cost effectively to health needs in Sub-Sahara Africa. We work to meet critical health needs of impoverished communities through mobilizing and leveraging resources from governments, communities, hospitals and individuals with the aim of enhancing sustainable and cost-effective approaches to saving lives. Community Health Outreach Program This program aims to provide education and evidence-based HIV infection prevention services to communities most impacted with HIV/AIDS with the help of the Kenyan Government. And of course…GOAT HOPE http://vimeo.com/8243913 Need I say more?? SO please take a minute of your day and look through these programs and see what you can do to help us meet our goals!Once again, have a great Memorial Day 🙂...

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in AIDS Walk NY Campaign, Blog, Panel | 0 comments

MRA Goat Hope Raffle Event from Nurbanu Asena on Vimeo. Our highly anticipated raffle event is over! And thanks to everyone who participated, it was a huge success! We have already raised $8.000 for the Goat Hope Project. We will keep you posted with the news and the details of the production starting from this summer! You can check out the pictures from the event on our Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” us!) or simply visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=218587&id=128434261040. Once again, thank you SO MUCH to everyone who made this event possible and such a...

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