Some years ago, Fr. Peter Meienberg, with the help of his family, purchased a property on Zanzibar Road in Nairobi South B, where at an initial stage 15 young refugees found an asylum. One of the buildings used to be in bad condition, thus had to see an immediate down-take and a replacement by eight comfortable apartments. Nowadays Faraja Foundation’s headquarters is to be found at ground level, whereas apartment are at the other three floors, providing Faraja with an additional income source.
“Tipuana” Comfort Apartments
The above mentioned income-generating project proved to be so successful that with an interest-free loan from family and friends, Fr. Peter could purchase a plot in one of the best locations of the city (Westlands), on which 24 high quality apartments have been built. The tenants are mainly high-income expatriates, who work in embassies, for the United Nations, for NGOs or the international press. The whole building is of a high security standard and adequately fulfills the expectations of an international clientele. All apartments are administered, serviced and maintained by Faraja staff members, so jobs at fair wages are provided for a dozen employees.
Latia Resource Center
The Latia Resource Center is set-up as an independent training and service entity, which is financed through charges for its services. The base services of apprenticeship trainings and implementation of projects with neighbouring small farmers are funded by Faraja Trust or other donors. More advanced courses and consultancy services are charged directly to clients, which increases the income sources for Latia. In addition to this, products grown at Latia’s farm are sold on local markets, either through grocery stores in Nairobi and its surroundings or via direct sales from the farm. These various income streams cover the running costs of Latia Resouce Centre so that it operates on a self-financing basis.
A well-managed organization cannot survive without administration costs. At Faraja, all administrative expenses are financed through our own income-streams. Like this, we can guarantee that 100% of all donations received are channeled into our various programmes.
Origin of Donations
Private donors from Peter Meienberg’s own family and his personal network fund the majority Faraja’s budget. These donors are close relatives and personalities from the spiritual and cultural background of Fr. Peter Meienberg.
In November 2014, the Swiss Donors’ Association of Faraja Trust (www.faraja.ch) was established. Through their personal and financial contributions the members make sure that the Trust’s organization, structure and communication is professionalized. Father Peter (Hildebrand) Meienberg is a monk of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Otmarsberg at Uznach (www.abtei-uznach.ch), Switzerland. This abbey belongs to the Missionary Congregation of St. Ottilien in southern Germany. His Order and his Abbey support Fr. Peter and Faraja in many ways.