So far we have not raised funds for our earlier initiative of installing rope and washer pumps at beneficiaries homestead for domestic use and irrigating their kitchen during the dry spell. We have not given up and we are working hard towards fundraising and we therefore request our well wishers to consider supporting this initiative. Currently the situation is not good as it has been very dry in most areas and some beneficiaries are not able to irrigate their kitchen gardens thus resulting to reduced vegetable production and in some areas no production at all. This is not only affecting their budget but also affecting their nutrition as many cannot afford to buy the supplement regularly. We are hoping the situation will improve soon and the beneficiaries will be in a position to reestablish their kitchen gardens. We are planning to provide them with seeds and organic fertilizer during the next planting season to enable them continue.
The project is ongoing though we did not manage to fund-raise enough funds required for installing rope and washer techniques as earlier reported. We are still fundraising for that and we hope we will at least manage to have 2 pumps installed by February next year. Luckily it has been raining in most areas which mean that their kitchen gardens are still green with a lot of vegetables and other crops. We were able to provide them with more seeds and seedlings and they have already planted them. Most of them have learnt the techniques of seed saving and value addition they have been learning a lot from the neighboring youth polytechnics on agribusiness, animal husbandry and cottage industry. This is one of the projects that really picked very well and supported by many people in the community. We thank all those who have contributed for the success of this project and we look forward for more achievements.
We have received some rains though not heavy as it was expected. Our project beneficiaries have taken the advantages of these rains and planted some crops in their demo plots. We are currently considering raising funds which will be used to install rope and washer pumps in beneficiaries’ homesteads. Rope and washer techniques is installing hand manual pump used to draw water from shallow wells a very simple and safe method. Most farmers have their shallow wells in their homestead and they use rope and container to draw water from the well. This method is very dangerous as it is very unsafe to the family members and livestock and the quality of the water is very poor thus causing water borne diseases. Rope and washer pump saves a lot of time and it is very safe in such a way that young children can draw water from the well easily and safely and water drawn is clean. We are considering this activity as the beneficiaries will use water for domestic purposes as well as irrigating their kitchen gardens during the dry spell thus ensuring that they will be food secure throughout and will have access to variety of vegetables in which they can sell the surplus. We have also exposed our beneficiaries in youth polytechnics where they have leant various techniques of urban gardening and they have already started practicing them. This exposure has enabled them gain a lot of knowledge and skills not only on crop but also on livestock rearing. We intend to continue exposing them whenever we have the opportunities.
This year we had planned to fundraise for kitchen garden establishment but so far we have not managed to establish any due to limited finance but we are still optimistic and we continue fundraising for this project. This year we have also faced drought challenges and production has been low but our beneficiaries has been watering their vegetables to ensure they are food secure during this dry spell. We had expected long rains in April but this year has been different since we did not receive these long rains but we are optimistic that in May it will rain. We had given our beneficiaries some seeds to plant during the April long rains and some of them planted but others are still waiting for the rains. We hope we will manage to compensate those who lost their seeds previously and that will ensure that our beneficiaries will be safe in terms of seeds.
This has been a very good pilot project for us and we thank our partners, friends and donors for enabling us achieve a lot in this project. We are happy that we have achieved most of our goals and we are ready to move on and if possible increase the number of beneficiaries as well as accommodating more simple projects that beneficiaries can adopt and implement. We are also planning that this year if we fundraise enough resources we will start community kitchen gardens which will be used as demonstration gardens for the community. The health situation of our beneficiaries has really improved and it is difficult to know if they are affected we are happy of this initiative and we look forward to going ahead more steps this year. Thank you for all those who have contributed towards this project and making it successful.
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