Oct 2, 2018

Growing Trees and Strengthening Communities

Susan, Resinoi, and Lark celebrate!
Susan, Resinoi, and Lark celebrate!

Since our last report, we have held eleven more tree-planting training sessions. We've had significant involvement at local schools where the youth have perfected our tree planting technique and will continue to plant many more trees in the upcoming months. Our three-month follow up care and training has already been completed for the majority of the trees planted with an impressive 84% survival rate.

This glowing success is attributed to the significant energy dedicated to each step leading up to the trees' check-up date - from germination and community outreach to planting and follow-up communications. Our tree recipients are held accountable for each tree they accept into their care. They are so invested and devoted to their trees due to high quality education and coaching they receive from our passionate trainers and outreach team. Each member of our team has fire in their hearts for Sadhana Forest Kenya and gets fueled up with each opportunity to share that flame with their neighbours. Their faith and motivation come from witnessing the perseverance of Sadhana Forest and the vigor of each volunteer who comes to give their energy to the trees and Samburu people.

As our volunteers connect and strengthen relationships within the community, we are welcomed time and time again to visit our neighbours' homes. From being invited into their manyatta (hut) for a cup of tea after the heavy work of tree planting, to insisting we attend a full three-day wedding ceremony with their family, we are so grateful to be embraced by the Samburu people.

And we are so grateful for our volunteers and the support from the Global Giving community. If you are interested in providing us further feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or area of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please contact us here or email us directly at kenya@sadhanaforest.org. We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.

Ashe Oleng! (Thank you very much in Kisamburu)

Tree planting at school
Tree planting at school
Jul 16, 2018

Tuta's Story

Tuta
Tuta

His name is Tuta.  He is kind, peaceful, and gentle and he has been a part of Sadhana Forest Kenya since we settled in Samburu County in 2014.

Before Sadhana Forest Kenya, Tuta focused on looking after cows and goats, of which he has 5 and 7, respectively. He lives in a village called "Loltuleilei", next to a forest - or what used to be a forest.  He says it disappeared about 30 years ago. The trees were used up for construction and the vegetation was eaten by livestock. With population growth, humans and their animals have consumed more and more of the forest.

Now, Tuta continuously applies what he learns at Sadhana Forest Kenya in his own home and his livelihood has improved. He relies less on having livestock and tends to his land more efficiently through Permaculture (sustainable agriculture) methods. He grows more of his own food and has planted 7 food-bearing trees at his home; the tallest is now a full metre in height. He has inspired the people from his village to understand the importance of planting trees and bringing the forest back; they are eager to do so!

Tuta is happy to be a part of Sadhana Forest Kenya and would like to thank all of our supporters. He is witnessing first-hand the good that we are doing; creating a forest by planting trees at everyone's homes. We are so grateful for the dedication of our friend, Tuta, who's gentle nature could tame a lion.

And we are so grateful for our volunteers and the support from the Global Giving community. If you are interested in providing us further feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or area of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please contact us here or email us directly at kenya@sadhanaforest.org.  We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.

Ashe Oleng! (Thank you very much in Kisamburu)

May 2, 2018

Moving Forward With Moringa

Susan (photo by B.Brewer)
Susan (photo by B.Brewer)

Back in November, we reported in the midst of our journey with germinating Moringa stenopetala seedlings.  Now, we can happily tell you that these little ones have made their way; planted in the earth to grow under the care of our recipients! 

In just the last few months we have held ten tree-planting training sessions, attended by 257 people.  And, we have already planted trees at every one of those 257 participants’ homes!  Many have received our Moringa seedlings.  Because of its ability to mitigate malnutrition and increase breast milk production, we mainly have focused on getting this “Mothers’ Helper” to new mothers.  It has been received positively and enthusiastically; word has spread through the Community Health Outreach program about all the amazing benefits of Moringa, as well as how soon after planting the leaves can be harvested and used.

Another tree our recipients are eager to plant is Dovyalis caffra which produces the “Kei apple”.  Although it is a local species and, with its impressive thorns, known for making a decent protective hedge, few people are knowledgeable about how to use the fruit it produces.  So to each training session, we’re now bringing along recipes and our homemade samples of kei apple products; jam and spicy pickle!  With this new found confidence in its taste and preparation, many more people are choosing to plant the very hardy and drought-resistant Dovyalis.  While training our recipients, we really have discovered the importance of emphasizing the benefits of our fruit-bearing trees.  We see a huge shift in motivation once a family realizes the possibilities of these trees despite the wait time for its harvest.

We are thankful for early and continuous rains this year giving growth to our trees and vegetation at Sadhana Forest Kenya.  We are lush with flora and fauna, and happy volunteers!

We are so grateful for our volunteers and the support from the Global Giving community.  If you are interested in providing us further feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or area of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please contact us here or email us directly at kenya@sadhanaforest.org.  We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.


Ashe Oleng! (Thank you very much in Kisamburu)

Helping Hands (photo by B.Brewer)
Helping Hands (photo by B.Brewer)
 
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