Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya

by Sadhana Forest Kenya
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Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Long-Term Food Security for 4000 Samburus in Kenya
Naisherua
Naisherua

In this project update, we’d like to share with you Naisherua’s story. Naisherua is a local resident of Samburu County, a tree recipient of Sadhana Forest Kenya (SFK) and an invaluable addition to our team!

Naisherua lives near SFK in a village called Lkisheki. She lives with her father, step-mother, and younger half-siblings. She is a mother of two; her daughter is 3 years old and lives with her, while her son is 6 and lives far away with his grandmother.

When Naisherua was 15 years old, her mother passed away. Her father was often away for work, and his new girlfriend began to mistreat her. Naisherua was neglected at home, only receiving food at school. Any money she earned from odd jobs was taken by her father’s girlfriend. By the time she reached high school, Naisherua was often sick and eventually had to withdraw from her studies. After her father remarried someone else, Naisherua helped care for her new siblings and soon got married herself. Over the following few years she had continuous struggles. Her husband was rarely employed and drank too much alcohol, so she became the sole provider for her own growing family. She worked for others until she started her own small business, but her husband then demanded they move to another town, to live there with his mother. By the time Naisherua had her second child, she was out of work, unable to afford food or her son’s school fees, and her new baby was sick. She had enough. She ran away with her baby and was welcomed back into her father’s home.

Naisherua recently started helping out at SFK. She says she has learned so much and that she has proven she can do anything men can do. She’s learned to use power tools and is involved in all kinds of projects in which she had no previous experience. She loves that SFK never limits her because she is a woman. She is treated as an equal and all the men see her as a strong person. This has made her feel truly empowered for the first time in her life. She has taken what she has learned at SFK and implemented it in her father’s home. She no longer has to buy many vegetables because she can now harvest them from the small food-forest that she herself created. She is fully providing for herself, helping to support her younger siblings, and able to send her children to school, which is very important for her.

Naisherua’s dream is to one day have her very own home and to be able to bring her son to live with her. SFK made her feel, for the first time, that her dream is possible. She says her goal is to be “free” and that Sadhana Forest Kenya brings freedom to women and families.

Thank you for supporting Sadhana Forest Kenya! If you are interested in providing us feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or areas of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please email us at kenya@sadhanaforest.org. We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.

Ashe Oleng! (“Thank you very much!” in Kisamburu)

Naisherua's Trees
Naisherua's Trees
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Moringa Seedling
Moringa Seedling

During the last few months we were able to implement several new kitchen gardens at several homes. Prior to SFK coming, all had set aside reasonable sized fenced areas so that the trees would be well protected from animals. As the weather turns drier and all the grass is consumed, both domestic and wild animals become a huge threat to trees and food crops. Without strong and effective protection, everything is easily consumed. This year, the zebras have been quite destructive and goats are particularly adept at getting to anything green!

As families face the threat of COVID as well as other diseases that sweep through the communities, we have heard constant reports that leaves of Moringa trees planted by us are being used in order to boost nutrition and overall health. Since leaves can be harvested soon after planting, most of the Moringa trees we have planted in the community are already being used and benefitting people by improving nutrition. As mature trees are producing seeds at the moment, a few of our staff members have traveled to areas of Samburu County that have incredibly large, productive trees to collect seeds. In the coming weeks, these seeds will be planted in our nurseries so that we will have plenty of Moringa seedlings to plant out later in the year. The Moringa continues to be one of the most in-demand and useful species that we plant and provide to the Samburu community.

We are so grateful to everyone who supports the work of Sadhana Forest Kenya, such as donors, volunteers, and the people at GlobalGiving.  If you are interested in providing us feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or areas of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please email us at kenya@sadhanaforest.org.  We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.

Ashe Oleng! (“Thank you very much!” in Kisamburu)

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Water!
Water!

We are thrilled to report that Sadhana Forest Kenya has massively increased its water transporting capabilities.  Our new water truck carries 5400 litres – that’s 9 times what we were previously able to haul!  Until now, it was an ongoing challenge getting water to trees and gardens beyond the Community Agro-Forestry Learning Center (CALC) where we pump ground water using solar and wind power.  We can now greatly expand our activities, rain or shine.  Not only are the growing food-forests sure to be watered but we are also able to provide some water for households, which is especially crucial during harsh droughts when women and children walk many kilometres to carry water home.

We are very fortunate that cases of covid-19 have remained low in Samburu County.  So, proceeding with caution, we have continued to provide follow-up care and expansion to the food-forest style kitchen gardens previously planted at homes around Samburu; as well as adding many new ones!  We have also kept very busy caring for our tree nurseries to always have plenty of seedlings ready for planting – for Samburu households as well as for foresting our demonstration plot here at CALC.

After 10 months of children being out of classrooms due to the covid-19 shut-downs, local schools have recently re-opened.  We are looking forward to the coming months when we’ll safely get back to collaborating with them on planting projects and training events.  Also, when possible, we will pursue outreach such as tree-planting training and permaculture design implementation in new villages that are now more accessible due to our upgraded transport.

FYI: Earth Day 2021 is on April 22nd and this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”.  So get out there and plant a tree!

We are so grateful to everyone who supports the work of Sadhana Forest Kenya, such as donors, volunteers, and the people at GlobalGiving.  If you are interested in providing us feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or areas of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please email us at kenya@sadhanaforest.org.  We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.

Ashe Oleng! (“Thank you very much!” in Kisamburu)

Planting demonstration
Planting demonstration
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Kids Helping!
Kids Helping!

Thank you to everyone who donated on “Giving Tuesday”. Together, you helped us raise over $4500 for the Samburu people! Those funds will go directly towards the goal of long term food security in Samburu County. Now here’s a bit about what we’ve been up to recently at Sadhana Forest Kenya.

Although we have fewer volunteers at this time, we have not slowed down on our important work but we have shifted our tactics in order to make the best use of this unusual dynamic. Not being able to travel too far from home has presented the opportunity to further develop infrastructure at the Community Agro-Forestry Learning Center. That includes increasing the output of our tree nurseries to ensure a variety of species are always ready to plant. Excitingly, we have begun to harvest seeds from some of our earliest planted trees.

We really miss collaborating with schools since the covid-19 closures, but we’re so grateful to be able to provide similar learning opportunities and practical experience to children safely at their homes. They are keen to get involved with planting trees and gardens as well as the subsequent care. It is encouraging to see this enthusiasm and to know that they will always have this knowledge – for their futures and to pass on to those who come after them.

With more rain recently, has come a burst of growth in the area and we are continuing to see great success with the intensive Permaculture plots that we have implemented. We will keep checking in on those as well as creating new ones. Depending on factors such as the size of the family’s land, these projects range from small kitchen gardens with a few food-producing trees to extensive Permaculture designs with over a hundred trees. When it comes to providing water for these gardens, we can only hope that the rain continues and we know to prepare for the inevitable drought. We are currently organizing the means to deliver substantial water to the surrounding community, free of cost.

FYI: To help grow our monthly support base, GlobalGiving is offering a 200% match on all new monthly donations set up between now and Friday (Terms and Conditions). This is a great way to make your donation go further!

As always, we would like to thank all of you for supporting the vital work of Sadhana Forest Kenya and we are grateful to GlobalGiving for this wonderful platform with which to reach you. If you are interested in providing us feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or area of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please email us at kenya@sadhanaforest.org. We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.

Ashe Oleng! (“Thank you very much!” in Kisamburu)

Kitchen Garden
Kitchen Garden
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Lekita
Lekita

Lekita lives in a nearby Samburu village called Nengerpus with his wife, their five boys, his mother, and one of his brothers and his wife and baby.  In his youth, Lekita spent most of his time away from home making a living as a herder without the opportunity to go to school.  However, Lekita was able to slowly build a house, open a small restaurant, and start farming beans and corn.  When Sadhana Forest Kenya arrived, volunteers brought business to his restaurant, which he has since expanded.  Now Lekita’s wife oversees that business and he works with us here at SFK.  He enjoys helping in all areas he’s needed; from mulching and watering trees to overseeing the free phone charging station!

Lekita says that his life has greatly improved since the arrival of SFK.  His home is now surrounded by trees that provide shade and protection from strong winds.  He is better able to care for his family and plan for the future.  Lekita is full of gratitude and hope.  He is an absolute asset to Sadhana Forest Kenya and we are thankful to him for his great contribution to our work.  When asked what message he would like to spread with this newsletter, Lekita said:

“If I could say one thing to everyone reading this, it would be to respect the trees!  Wherever you are, plant trees!”

Thank you to everyone who supports Sadhana Forest Kenya in all the ways you do.  If you are interested in providing us feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or area of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please email us at kenya@sadhanaforest.org.  We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.

Ashe Oleng! (“Thank you very much!” in Kisamburu)

Lekita's Trees
Lekita's Trees
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