The Mango Tree has reached a crucial point in its journey. We have managed to provide direct access to education and training for over 20, 000 disadvantaged children and young people whose lives were devastated by the AIDES pandemic. Over 2, 000 of these young people have now graduated from colleges and universities across Kenya and Tanzania with a range of progessional qualifications that will enable them to secure regular employment.

This year another 127 sponsored orphans graduated from colleges and universities, new accreditation was gained for the Kyela Polytechnic College and we launched a new aquaculture project in Kobala, funded by the Waterloo Foundation. Our livelihoods projects have now enabled 38, 202 children and their families to grow their own food and increase their household income, giving them hope for a better future, as well as the dignity of being self-reliant. 

You will read in this report the inspiring case study of Lasarys, who has established his own medical centre in Kenya. TMT-trained builders and painters were contracted to assist him to build his clinic. He is also likely to purchase fish from our fish farmers, mangos from our mango grafting project and improved cassava and goat meat in the local markets, all produced by TMT- supported local livelihood projects. 

However, funds are becoming harder to raise and there is still much to do in the coming years. HIV rates in Rachuonyo District still remain dangerously high. Sexual health education is not on the Kenya Government's education curriculum despite the fact that 80% of hospital beds are occupied by people with HIV and AIDS related illnesses, and thousands of families in Kyela and Rachuonyo still live on less than US$ 1 a day. 

So, as well as our on-going educational programme, which targets particularly disadvantaged children, we are shifting our focus to fund projects which add value to government-funded provision, prioritise HIV awareness and prevention for young people aged 16-25 years and encourage rural development projects which are run by local people themselves. 

Structurally, our organisations in the UK and Africa are also growing and evolving. The Mango Tree wants to remain small, dynamic and flexible. We are therefore looking to increase collaboration with new partners, shift emphasis away from donor-dependency and invest in sustainable, African-led, social enterprises. 

We, and our partners, would like to express our deep gratitude for your on-going committed support. We hope that you will continue to support us on this exciting journey as we move into a new phase of our work, which endeavours to give hope and a future to children and their families, who remain disadvantaged by poverty, disease and marginalisation. 

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