Forestry Training & Finance for 600 Farms in Kenya

by Drylands Natural Resources Centre
Jun 23, 2014

June 2014 - DNRC Hosts Permaculture Design Students

UWSP Students and Community Install Water Tanks
UWSP Students and Community Install Water Tanks

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I hope you're well and enjoying the summer! In this report I'd like to talk to you about our work with a partner NGO, the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya (PRI-Kenya), and share some pictures from a 4-day course we held with them at our new office.

On June 5th-9th the DNRC hosted a group of Kenyan and American students (from the University of Wisconsin - Steven's Point) as part of a Permaculture Design course hosted by John Sheffy of the University of Wisconisn and PRI-Kenya.

PRI-Kenya is an organization dedicated to promoting permaculture research and practice across Kenya. It was co-founded by our Executive Director Nicholas Syano, who now chairs the board of the organization. The DNRC works closely with PRI-Kenya to gather and share useful learnings across NGO and community projects across Kenya. Please check out the links below to learn more about the organization.

John and his students joined the DNRC to learn about our seed propogation techniques, to see how we manage our nursery, install a water cistern, and to meet with some of our farmers. After a successful water cistern installation, they shared a celebratory lunch with hundreds of new friends, who treated them to some authentic Kamba dancing!

Outside of this, the DNRC has continued its work on the ground, and we are working hard on new efforts to increase our melia and moringa production, including a new partnership with Kuli Kuli Inc. ,which we will announce in July. 

We are still actively fundraising to equip our new office, install solid accounting and IT systems, and support our growing staff. If you have any money or time to spare, please consider donating or sharing our work with friends and family. 

Thank you again for your ongoing support and interest. It really is much appreciated.


Everyone Gathers For Lunch Outside Our New Office
Everyone Gathers For Lunch Outside Our New Office
Massive Attendance Shows How Our Program Has Grown
Massive Attendance Shows How Our Program Has Grown
Post-Lunch Entertainment, Kamba-Style!
Post-Lunch Entertainment, Kamba-Style!



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Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nicholas Syano
Nairobi, Kenya
$39,344 raised of $60,000 goal
441 donations
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