Cassava growing for food security in Kenya

 
$11,000
$1,000
Raised
Remaining
Aug 29, 2012

Project Report for August 2012

Dear Donors,

Our cassava project continues to thrive and improve.  More and more communities are becoming interested in growing cassava because of its drought resistant qualities and good nutritional value. And, in my own community the cassava crop has become a stable of the local diet.  The success of the project, and its potential for contributing significantly to food security issues has drawn the attention of a number of officials and agencies, and we are pleased to be in a position of leadership in this area.

We were honored to host a government official recently.  The Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Development, Hon. Jamleck Kamau, happened to have heard me speak about cassava on Kameme FM radio. Through his P.A, he arranged for me to meet him. I later invited him to visit at a time convenient to both of us. He did this last Saturday.  During his visit, he asked community members to form small groups based on their various factors,  eg. youth groups. He promised to rent for them plots to grow cassavas for income generation.

As you already may know, I grew up in abject poverty.  I skipped school on some days to work in nearby coffee estates to obtain the fees needed to sustain my schooling. As I grew up, I often declared to myself that my life would be dedicated to extreme poverty reduction. Formulating policies towards helping those suffering for only being born into poverty is my ultimate goal in life.  This project, and its success, has been an important step toward that goal.

Please see photos of the visit and of csme being interviewed by the media about cassava and the Minister’s visit.

Many thanks to all of you for believing in our cassava project for food security.  You are making a large difference in our community!

Michael

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Project Leader

Angie Gust

PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress
Lilburn, GA Kenya

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