Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Empowering communities towards realization of sustainable livelihoods, access to empowering education and information, food security, as well as attainment of enhanced culture and environment. It values respect for people and nature; commitment and efficiency; honesty, accountability and transparency; positive socialization; enhancing visionary leadership and governance and being ambassadors of peace. It facilitates access to information, education, skills and appropriate technologies
Feb 9, 2017

Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya

Students in youth polytechnics opened school in January 2017 for the first term session.  It has been dry in most parts of the country just as in last year since the short rains expected in December never came.  All youth polytechnics are in the process of preparing their school gardens in readiness of planting in March when the long rains are expected.  Irrigating school gardens was not sustainable since the youth polytechnics did not have reliable sources of water to sustain them during the long dry spell.  Although some had successfully installed water harvesting structures in their schools, it did not sustain them for long as the rain was not enough and they did not harvest enough water to keep them going.  The other challenge was inadequate water storage facilities in some schools.  Some schools are still fundraising for sustainable sources of water for their schools as well as approaching different government institutions to help them solve the issues.  Students are still optimistic and they are busy preparing their school gardens as well as sourcing suitable seeds for planting during the long rains expected in March and April.  We will support some of them with drought resistance seeds and planting materials to plant during the long rains.  Some youth polytechnics were able to do little seed saving during the last harvesting season therefore they have some seeds although they will require more.  We are happy that they have not given up despite the challenge of prolonged drought.  We continue encouraging them and supporting them in various possible way.  We also call upon other well-wishers to support them.

Feb 2, 2017

Build School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya

The school program resumed on 4th January 2017 after long December holiday. The school community started the term with a very serious issue of girls’ pit latrine collapsing and posing danger to the school community in terms of their health and injuries. This issue is very sensitive and requires urgent support to repair the latrines. At the moment boys and girls in the school are forced to share the few boys’ latrines in the school. The school management is trying to approach the local government institution to assist them in repairing the latrines but so far no positive response from various stakeholders. The management appeals to all well-wishers to support them in repairing the latrines. Parents and the community cannot raise funds for the same at the moment since they are going through very difficult situation due to prolonged drought in the area making it very difficult for them to provide food for their families. Although drought has affected most regions in the country, this year, Kachiuru is extremely affected since it has been very dry since last year and the community mainly depends on pastoralism for their livelihoods and at the moment their livestock are dying due to prolonged drought living them with very little for survival. We are happy that we have been able to sustain feeding program in the school therefore keeping many children in the school and relieve the parents in providing lunch to their children where many cannot afford 2 meals per day. Due to the drought the school garden is also affected and irrigation is not very sustainable at the moment since water is also scarce. We remain optimistic that the situation will improve soon.
The need for a classroom is still a challenge and the community is still pursuing the possibility of support by the Community Development Fund (CDF) and we hope they will be successful although they want to address the latrine matter first since it is more urgent. We invite all our well-wishers to consider joining us in supporting Kachiuru community.
Together with our partners Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FKSW), we have provided annual scholarships to the beneficiaries and they are proceeding on well. We hope to raise more funds to continue supporting the school and especially in infrastructures, desks and feeding program. We thank all those who have participated towards the achievements this far and encourage them and others to extend their support even more to Kachiuru primary school to improve learning environment in the school.

Jan 9, 2017

Protect 1800 people on Kokwa Island from Malaria

Kokwa community once again is disappointed as the county government did not keep promise as earlier promised.  They had hoped that the dispensary will be in operational as from October as the promise was but to their surprise less has been done towards finishing, stocking and staffing the dispensary to serve the need community in Kokwa Island.  The volunteer nurse is working hard to assist the community which involves her walking through the rocky terrain during the night to assist the mothers delivering babies in their huts.  This has been a challenge since the Island is very rocky, dark and risks attack by the snakes, crocodile’s hippopotamus among other wild animals in the Island.  Most of the families in the Island live in mud grass thatched huts which are very small and shared by all family members therefore not very hygiene for delivery but since the Island does not have an operational maternity at the moment, these mothers have no choice but to deliver in their small huts sometimes without assistant by the nurse or qualified person.  Since they don’t have reliable source of income, they cannot afford to go to Marigat General Hospital where they can get delivery services.  For these and many other health related issues, the community appeals to the County Government and well-wishers to consider finishing, stocking and staffing the dispensary so that they can benefit from the services as it is their right.  The area is very dry at the moment and since they received very little rainfall last year, makes the situation even worse.  It is our hope that the county government will put into consideration Kokwa Community towards health issues and improve the current status.  We thank all the well-wishers who have considered supporting the community and we look forward to more support in this New Year. 

 
   

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