Drought and the following famine has become devasting in Kenya over the past decade. 85% of our sponsored girls are Maasai who are traditionally pastorialists who do not farm. Their families have lost more than 70% of their livestock which is their primary source of food. Each sponsored girl will teach her family and community food preservation in preparation for famine. We will teach food security through growing crops and food preservation - canning and drying fruits and vegtables
Kenya has been historically hit by severe drought and famine. The Maasai elders remember drought to happen once in every seven years and that their resources enabled them to surmount each drought. But in the past decade, the frequency has drastically increased. Our communities have lost most of their livestock - their primary souce of food. Food relief is a very temporary solution but famine preparedness will provide our sponsored girls, their families/communities with a solution to this issue.
Our project will teach basic agriculture since most of our communities do not have farming skills.. We will also focus on effective methods to use during drought. Greenhouses, drought resistant plants and drip irragation are extremely effecient methods. Our program will teach our girls and communities to preserve food through drying and canning fruits and vegtables.
Through farming and food preservation our girls will learn food security and teach their families and communites.
Our goal is to teach our sponsored girls mthods of food security. Ongoing training will be taught to the BEADS for Education sponsored girls at our high school in Kajiado, Kenya. As they share these methods with their families and comunities, we believe that food security will be achieved for generations to come for our girls, their families and communities. . We expect that each of our 50 sponsored girls will reach at least 100 people each year - 5000 people a year.