Drylands Natural Resources Centre has had a very productive summer. The team has been busily preparing for the November and December rains, which is the prime time for tree establishment. We have continued to expand household enrollment in our program, and we have cultivated tens of thousands of saplings from seeds in our nursery in preparation for the Fall planting.
The community remains engaged and excited as they’re increasingly experiencing the “fruit” of their labor—both from the previous years’ tree plantings and through attending DNRC’s ongoing agricultural education program. The community received two additional cistern donations for the collection of rainwater from our partner organization, CCR. The community voted on their allocation and the cisterns were installed. All this has begun to alleviate the challenges around water scarcity and lack of access in the community.
We welcome a new employee, Fedelis, to our group. As the outreach and training manager, she will build on her experience working with rural communities and on sustainable agricultural projects.
We also had a number of visitors. Farley Sawyer, GlobalGiving’s representative in East Africa, visted Mbumbuni, the farms, and the community, as well as students from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, who stayed for five days in the community as part of a permaculture course in conjunction with Nyumbani Village. DNRC's executive director, Nicholas Syano, utilized DNRC as an on-the-ground training site for the students in agro-forestry and sustainable dryland agriculture.
We’d like to take this time to congratulate Nicholas for recently finishing his PhD course work in Dryland Resource Management at the University of Nairobi. We look forward to Nicholas continuing to use his knowledge and experience to promote sustainable rural livelihoods in his community and beyond.
Please consider making a donation as we ramp up this Fall in preparation for the rainy season.
Thank you all for your continuing support.
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