The year 2019 has started well and all our beneficiaries are in good health. They are now preparing their farms in readiness for planting during long rains expected to start in March. It’s very dry in most parts of the country and our beneficiaries are working hard to search for pastures for their livestock. We appreciate their efforts and determinations to feed the livestock. To improve on this situation during the dry spell, we intend to train our farmers how they can conserve animal feed when they are in plenty and use them during the dry spell. Some farmers are also struggling to get water for domestic use and for their livestock where they are walking long distances to get water. In our previous reports we had plans to improve water situations in our farmers’ households to ensure they have water during the dry seasons. We tried to fundraise for drilling shallow wells and rain water harvesting techniques but we were not successful on either but we have been encouraging farmers to install simple rain water harvesting structures but most of them have not managed on their own. Those who have managed, have installed roof water harvesting structures but the water collected can take them for a very short period. There is need to have more long term solution to the challenges and towards this we call upon well-wishers to help us realize some of these dreams. We have not given up on fundraising as we want our farmers to have access to clean water for their domestic use. We appreciate farmers’ efforts to sustain their gardens and livestock and as they prepare for the long rains, we will continue walking the journey with them. We intend to support them with planting materials and organic fertilizer as we have been doing previously. We invite our friends, partners and well-wishers to support our farmers as we also appreciate their hard work and continue motivating them. We look forward to a successful year 2019. Thank you for all the support given and we expect even more for us to realize our dreams.
Feb 11, 2019
Buid School for 80 Students in Arid Kachuru Kenya
By Lucy Mathenge - Project Assistant
The 1st term 2019 in Kachiuru primary have started well with pupils, parents and teachers excited for the newly constructed classroom which will improve learning environment for the pupils. The school has also enrolled more new pupils in the school which is very positive and a sign that the school is growing. Kachiuru had 14 candidates 9 girls and 5 boys who sat for their final national exams in November 2018 and girls performed better than boys. Although the performance was not the best, all the candidates have joined various secondary schools in Meru and Isiolo counties we congratulate them for their efforts. The school has started well this term and the community is positive that the performance will improve this year with an additional classroom and more teaching and learning materials. They are also happy because the feeding program will continue this year and the partnership supporting the initiative has upgraded and since the beginning of this term pupils have started having a cup of porridge at 10:00 am which is like a breakfast to many children who have not been having breakfast at home. The pupils are very excited and they are happy as they enjoy a cup of porridge. We take this opportunity to thank our partners for the continued support. As earlier reported, the school is in need of classroom desks for the pupils in the new classroom as currently pupils are sharing the available desks in the school where they are squeezing themselves to gat space for all. To solve this problem, the school requires more desks to give enough sitting and writing space for the learners. To accomplish this, we request our friends, donors and partners to consider contributing towards this so that we can improve the learning environment for our learners. We sincerely thank our partners for their support in constructing the classroom. Thank you to all well-wishers who have been supporting this school and we still request for more support.
Jan 25, 2019
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
By Lucy Mathenge - Project Assistant
This is a new year and the club members are eager to reestablish their gardens after the long December holidays which saw then close schools for Christmas. Even though they were off, they were not derailed from taking care of their gardens. They occasionally set duties among themselves to make sure their enterprise is well taken care off. This arrangement worked quite well and as soon as they resumed session in January, they embarked on preparing the gardens in readiness for planting. They have already tilled the land and are waiting for the rains before they can embark on planting.
The last planting season was a success and they managed to harvest a considerable amount and in the process they were able to save some seeds in their seed bank which they will used this planting season. This will however be not enough and we plan to support them with more seeds in order to increase the area to be planted.
Being a new year, the clubs have also recruited new members who recently joined the polytechnics. This is a positive thing as the number of youths introduced to the agribusiness venture is at the rise. The clubs are providing a good avenue for inculcating more youths into this forgotten “gold mine” that has been despised by many young people as they struggle looking for white collar jobs.
Diversification is key to improved production and as an organization we plan to hold training sessions with the students and share with them what we believe can help them in increasing the yields they get. We plan to reach out to all student who are active in the club with the aim of motivating them further to embrace agriculture for improved livelihood and food security. In line with this, training on value addition of their products is ongoing so as to make sure the students get maximum benefits from what they grow.
On behalf of the beneficiaries we would like to thank all those who have walked together with us in this journey as we also invite other well-wishers to join us.