We have used all the funds we generate through the blog or cookbook to feed the hungry. With our first cookbook we sponsored a greenhouse project at The Good Shepherd Shelter in Ukraine.
We donated 100% of the royalties from Mennonite Girls Can Cook to build a greenhouse on the property of the Good Shepherd Shelter in Makeevka, Ukraine. Our goal to raise $67,000 to build and give support to the greenhouse has provided a sustainable source of healthy food for the children in the shelter and for the children at risk in the local community.
Music Mission Kiev has been working with orphans, other children and widows. Their focus has been to provide a weekly Bible and Music Class while sharing the love of Jesus. They have given the opportunity of friendship between the widows and children, giving grandchildren to widows and grandmothers to children without families.
Mission Music Kiev is providing desperately needed food every week. Royalties from our cookbook Mennonite Girls Can Cook with Music Mission Kiev will be providing much needed nutrition to widows and children.
With the Celebrations cookbook we chose to give our royalties to provide clean water for school children in Kenya through the WASH program...a project of Mennonite Central Committee.
The WASH program has three functions...'WA' for water...'S' for sanitation and 'H' for hygiene. Besides providing safe drinking water for the children, their families also receive an education in sanitation and personal cleanliness.
The WASH program was first implemented at Menno Kids Academy...in the Mathare North slums of Nairobi in the fall of 2010. Several months later, Judy and her husband traveled to Kenya and had the opportunity to visit the school. They were involved in the distribution of blankets and school kits...and also learned firsthand what a difference clean water was making in the lives of those students. Previous to the introduction of the WASH program, many children missed school due to illness. It wasn't long before teachers noticed a dramatic improvement in school attendance. Education is important for these children..opening the door to new opportunities and often their only ticket out of poverty. So to see the absentee rate decline so dramatically due to the WASH program was a real encouragement.