Education  Kenya Project #20898

Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya

by Network for Ecofarming in Africa
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Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya
Empower 175 students for food security in Kenya

The progress is in our youth polytechnics has been good during the entire learning period.  The school calendar was also affected by the national elections exercise and students had to break to allow the process.  They have now reported back and already into their learning programs.  The progress of our agribusiness activities is also good.  The weather has been friendly to the farmers and they have reasons to smile since they have plenty in their farms unlike before where they were complaining of late rains.  Our agribusiness club members are also happy as they are enjoying fruits of their labour.  Some have been harvesting vegetables and potatoes from their farms and selling them to their schools feeding program.  They have been busy in their school gardens and the new club members who have joined them have been learning a lot especially through practical activities. It was not possible for us to conduct trainings as earlier planned due to changes in school calendar.  We still intend to conduct the trainings where we did not manage to conduct but probably next year.  We were in a position to support our youths in polytechnics with planting materials and seeds and they were very grateful.  On their behalf, kindly accept our appreciations.  Thank you

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The school term was successful and we are happy all has been well especially with pandemic temperatures now reducing. The situation is getting better each and every day and we remain optimistic that soon it will be past tense. Our students in Youth Polytechnics are progressing well and they had a successful school term where they were busy preparing their agribusiness gardens and repairing areas that required repairs. Unfortunately the weather was not favorable for planting as the long rains did not come as expected. Normally the long rains are expected to start in mid-March and continue through May. This year the rains have started towards end of April and farmers are now busy planting their farms. Our agribusiness clubs had to hold on as well and since they have reported back to school for another school term, they are busy planting their school gardens. Most of them presented their budget for seeds, seedlings and other planting materials to us and we are happy we were in a position to support them. We could not have done it without your generous contributions and at this juncture we express our gratitude to all our well-wishers, friends and donors for their continued support. All beneficiaries were happy for the great support and together with us we say thank you very much. As earlier reported, we also managed to conduct training sessions in 3 youth polytechnics and since the schools schedules were tight, we could not manage to conduct all of them but we hope to do so this school term if time allows. The club also received new members as anticipated and we are happy to have them on board. We will be organizing training sessions for the clubs so as new members can catch up and understand our ideas and benefits of our agribusiness clubs. Trainings will be organized in course of the term in consultation with the center managers and club patrons. Again thank you for the continued support which we really appreciate.

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Greetings and Happy New Year to our friends, donors and well-wishers.  I start by appreciating everyone for the great support given to our youths’ project through this platform.  Thank you for being part of many success and achievements we have achieved this far.  Our project has been on going and our beneficiaries are safe, strong and healthy despite the many challenges.  Students are resuming schools this first week of January 2022 after short December holiday.  I have already been informed that most youths in polytechnics have already done their year planning for their agribusiness project and others will be doing so once they all resume.  The first three months of the year are generally dry and hot where agribusiness members are planning to prepare their gardens, do repair for the fences where need be and source planting materials.  We expect to receive list of items they require from us and we will definitely support them.  Due to challenges in the last school term, we were not able to conduct training sessions for the teachers as earlier reported but planning to do so in the course of the term.  We also expect new students to join the club and we will as well conduct training sessions to benefit all club members in all institutions.  We are positive and optimistic that the year will be more fruitful to all us including our well-wishers so that they can continue supporting our projects.  The weather as well we hope and pray that it will be favorable to enable farmers meet their targets.

As a result of the pandemic, many businesses were really affected where many were closed down.  This came at a time when our agribusiness members wanted to venture into businesses and especially agribusiness.  They have been seeking advices from us as many wanted to have physical business areas to display their products after production but we have been advising them to hold but continue operating their agribusinesses even without physical products outlets.  Having this in mind, we remain positive that situation will improve and things will shape up then from there we will support our members with business ideas and any other support that we will manage. Once again thank you for the continued support and we invite you to walk the long journey with us.   

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This far we are happy that our students have been in schools since they resumed in January 2021.  We are happy that learning went on smoothly without any interruptions.  On the other hand, students and teachers have remained safe as we encourage them to continue taking necessary precautions.  Agribusiness activities have been going on well and we appreciated support given by our friends and well-wishers on GlobalGiving platform.  We have supported 2 youth polytechnics with assorted farm tools as they requested.  Although we were unable to provide everything they requested, at least we managed to support them with the very basic items they required.  Thank you so much for your contributions towards this project.  The season has been promising and their gardens have been very productive.  In 2 youth polytechnics, agribusiness project have been supplying vegetables for their kitchens and they earned income from sales of vegetables and beneficiaries are very happy with their work and they feel motivated.  The weather has been very favoring thus increasing vegetable productions.  We have received requests from youth polytechnics to support them with fruit seedlings and we are working towards that.  It is encouraging to see students knocking doors for support and we are happy to support them in any way possible and always count on you for more support.  Together we have made good progress and we look forward for more progress.  We also intend to conduct training sessions to the teachers in youth polytechnics as we have realized that most of them have been transferred to other institutions and in some cases others stopped teaching for various reasons.  To ensure there is continuity of agribusiness activities, we need to empower more teachers and equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge. To implement this activity and others we have in the list, we request for your support through contributions.  Thank you for the continued support, we appreciate your support to our youths.   

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Another school term has started and we are optimistic that the term will be smooth without any interruptions in either way.  The covid 19 cases has reduced in the country and we pray that learning institutions will not be affected in any way with learners, teachers and other staff remaining safe throughout the school term.  Our agribusiness clubs are ready to move on with their project activities, they have been on holiday since April.  Before proceeding for the holiday, they prepared their farms in readiness for planting during the rainy season.  Since they reported back in January, they have been doing various project activities among them repair and maintenance as well as preparing their farms, seeds and planting materials preparation and sourcing.  Due to covid 19 measures given by the ministry of health, we were not allowed to visit the polytechnics but we have been in touch with club patrons for updates and support for their requests.  Late arrival of rains during this season favoured them as they were on holiday in April when they were expected to be busy in their school gardens but due to late rains their activities were not affected.  They are now busy planting their gardens and we are happy we managed to support them with seeds and other planting materials and they were very greatful, they extended their appreciation to all who have generously contributed for their needs and requests. 

During this school term, we will continue monitoring their progress through their patrons as we will not visit the institutions due to the restrictions as a result of covid 19.  Through generous support given to us through GlobalGiving platform, we are in a position to inculcate agricultural skills to our youths.  Apart from the skills gained in their various courses we are integrating agribusiness skills in them thus increasing their capacity and preparing them to be dependent through self-employment.  On their behalf we appreciate the support given to them and great contribution in improving living standards.  Thank you so much and together let’s continue supporting our youths.

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Network for Ecofarming in Africa

Location: MOLO, RIFT VALLEY - Kenya
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Network for Ecofarming in Africa
Samuel Muhunyu
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Samuel Muhunyu
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MOLO, RIFT VALLEY Kenya

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