Greens in the shamba
The agriculture program at the CYEC is going strong! Five youth are renting individual plots in the shamba (garden) and growing vegetables to sell to the Centre and to buyers in the community.They provide the Centre kitchen all the leafy greans they need as well as peppers, onions, and potatoes. They’re earning enough to pay their college fees and put some away for savings! The two cows produce enough milk to give all the children a cup with breakfast, with the remainder sold locally. Dan, the nurse, notes this has helped their nutrition significantly.
The three youth with the hay business continue to do well. They regularly have jobs cutting and baling hay as well as making and selling manual balers. With Penn State University, they’ve received a grant to expand this business model to other youth centers in Kenya. We’re excited to be able to replicate what we’re learned to help others!
Finally, several youth recently attended training on bamboo propagation at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute. Bamboo is versatile and environmentally friendly – it purifies water and helps prevent soil erosion and can be used to construct furniture, fencing and homes, or to make charcoal or jewelry. We plan to start production at the eco-village site in Othaya.
Your support of these programs supports income-generation for the youth and nutrition for the children! Thanks for all you do!