Education  Kenya Project #33131

Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It

by Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V.
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
Don't Just Give Them Food-Teach Them How to Get It
WATER IS LIFE
WATER IS LIFE

Finally - water in abundance every day - rain or shine! One of the biggest dreams of Live and Learn in Kenya International has come true. A German organization donated the funds for the drilling and construction of an 85 meter (279 feet) deep well - and a group of donors paid for the solar pump. We now have a well nearly completed at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya that will quench the thirst of all of our children and youths - clean hands before meals - and provide water for meals as well. We will also be able to water the plants when there is no rain in order to ensure healthy crops. Neighbors will be able to come and purchase buckets of water at a low price.

WATER IS LIFE and the children and youths will be able to experience this blessing in a way that has not been possible until now.

So now they will be able to plant more beans, greens, and maize. This is how life is supposed to be - not taken for granted - but respected for the gift that it is. That is a major lesson in life!

Asante sana - thank you so much!

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Learning to plant
Learning to plant

Learning how to grow your own food is the first step to ending hunger. At the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya the children are not only learning reading, writing, and arithmetic - they are learning how to take their lives into their own hands and to grow into strong, self-sufficient, and self-confident adults. Our teachers begin teaching the children how plants grow and how to plant, weed, water, and harvest them from kindergarten to 8th grade. They learn how far from each other the different plants must be planted, how to look for parasites, and how to keep the plants healthy. Once their treasures in the school garden are ready for harvesting, they learn how to harvest in a way that the plants aren't harmed so that, for example, green vegetables can go on growing after the harvest. The joy of watching their plants grow, harvesting them, and then after the mamas have cooked them in the school kitchen, eating the vegetables and legumes - and watching the other children enjoying them as well. These are not only lessons for life - they are lessons that can save lives!

We are still hoping to be able to buy farmland so that we needn't pay for the 3 acres of land that we must rent. Having our own farmland will not only save the money we must pay for rent - it will make the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center more self-sufficient and independent.

Thank you so much for your kind support - Asante sana!

Planting trees under their teacher's supervision
Planting trees under their teacher's supervision
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Cooking can be fun!
Cooking can be fun!

Not only the parents must learn to grow crops and care for animals - so must their children! It is a community responsibility that every parent of Live and Learn in Kenya International school children take part in community service. All of the mothers take turns in groups to cook and clean the kitchen and dining hall. All parents take part in preparing the fields, planting, weeding, and harvesting - drying the grains and corn and grinding them into flour. Those are adults' jobs! The children are there to learn and play and enjoy life - a life that should be filled with sweet hours of joy and fun - creativity, imagination and, amazement.

But the children must also learn how to one day take care of themselves and their future families - and that entails learning how to prepare, plant, weed, and harvest their small crops in our school garden - how to take care of animals like cows - and how to cook what they have grown and cared for!

We usually just go to a supermarket to buy our food - take it home and...if you are like millions of westerners - put it in a microwave oven and wait for the bing! That's now what life is like for millions of people in Kenya. They must learn to work for their food and prepare their meals - which is a much healthier way of life in the broader picture anyway!

Thank you for helping us help the children to learn how to work for their food!

We hope to raise funds to buy a field in the near future so that we won't have to pay the expensive rent for a field.

ASANTE SANA NA UBARIKIWE! 

Learning to cook is just as important for boys.
Learning to cook is just as important for boys.
Sampling and Enjoying the Food
Sampling and Enjoying the Food
Cleaning the Kitchen
Cleaning the Kitchen
Serving
Serving
Feeding the Cows
Feeding the Cows
Learning How to Feed the Cows
Learning How to Feed the Cows
Milking a Cow Under Daniel's Careful Watch
Milking a Cow Under Daniel's Careful Watch
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Tending the Field
Tending the Field

Life is hard - and it has gotten much harder over the past 13 months - especially now that Kenya is back in a full and strict lockdown since March 2021

But life goes on and the children have to be fed! The parents of our Live and Learn in Kenya International children take turns working on the field growing crops of beans, maize, and green vegetables for the children's school lunches. They toil away preparing our rented acre of the field for planting - plant the crops - weed the field - harvest - set the maize and beans out to dry and then make flour out of the maize. The mamas are responsible for all kitchen work at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center's kitchen. That doesn't only include cooking - but also preparing the fires for the huge stoves - slaughtering animals - pluckining the chickens - serving the meals - and then cleaning everything up.

It's this work that lets the parents know - and feel - that they are a part of the Live and Learn in Kenya International community. It also shows their children - who are looking on and taking this all in - that they can be proud of their mamas and papas and how much they love and care for them. It shows them what needs to be done in a community - in a family.

We are very proud of our Live and Learn in Kenya parents. Kudos to them all!

Asante Sana - thank you for YOUR wonderful and generous support!

Getting the field ready to plant
Getting the field ready to plant
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Parents working on the field
Parents working on the field

Life isn't easy these days...Covid-19 has spread its ugly wings to all parts of the world. Either we learn to live with it until a way is found to end the pandemic - or we fail terribly. At the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru we have decided to go on as well as possible. The Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l community is a strong one. Parents know exactly how important education is for their children's futures and are willing and able to be role models when it comes to showing the children what is necessary for everyday living. They may not be able to teach them how to run a business or even help them with their homework - but they can show them how to care for animals that give them meat and milk - and how to farm the land to grow crops for themselves and their families. When possible, the older children help with the farm work at the Center's rented field. We grow as much of our own food as possible and the parents do all of the work - from clearing the field - planting - weeding - watering - harvesting - drying the beans, maize, and grains. The children who are too young to help at all watch! They see what is necessary.

Our dream is still to be able to buy the field that we rent so that we would not be forced to pay the rent - which is quite high. Maybe 2021 will be a magic year for us! We can only hope - and get to work while we're at it.

Thank you so much for your kind support and happy, healthy, and joyful 2021!

Brique

Harvesting and drying the maiz
Harvesting and drying the maiz
The cows have the choice grass
The cows have the choice grass
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Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V.

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