Korean and Kenyan Students
At Sadhana Forest Kenya, a major reason why we thrive is because of our volunteers. Since October, two large groups helped to make considerable development in our local community.
First, we hosted a traveling high-school group from Korea. The Moringa stenopetala trees that they planted at three different local schools will significantly improve the availability of nutrition in the schools’ lunches. The Kenyan and Korean students worked side by side and befriended one another through sharing song and dance. This lively and personable group of students hosted a Family Day for our community. The event was an enriching cultural exchange; our local friends presented songs and traditional dances and our international visitors performed theatre, song, and body percussion.
During their stay at the Sadhana Forest Kenya Community Agro-Forestry Learning Centre, the Korean students were immersed in our eco-friendly lifestyle. In addition to practicing water conservation and learning to use our dry-composting toilet system, they prepared tasty Korean meals using our solar-powered kitchen for cooking and our wood-fired oven for baking. It was a delight to host such a motivated, hard working, and enthusiastic group of youth and the experience was equally as fulfilling for them and the community.
Soon after our Korean friends departed we had a group of 22 Greek volunteers. They came specifically to implement a tree planting and water collection project at a local Primary school. This school is one of the poorest, having no access to water and no food to offer meals for students.
Our Greek volunteers did life-changing work. On the school grounds, they built an outdoor classroom and implemented a large-scale design of swales, catchment ponds, and food-bearing trees; well fenced from grazing animals and using many of our fast-producing, highly nutritious Moringa seedlings. Three water tanks were installed to catch rainwater from the school roof as well as from the roof of the newly constructed classroom. The water will be used by the school for watering the trees as well as for drinking, cooking, and washing, while one tank will be piped outside the school grounds for use by the community. This was an extremely significant project that was carried out very successfully. We hope to be able to do similar projects at other local schools.
Aside from these large group visits, we’re moving forward with our day-to-day work quite well with lots of seedlings popping up in the nurseries. In the next few months we plan to revisit each tree that has been planted since the beginning of Sadhana Forest Kenya.
As always, we are ever so grateful for the support of our volunteers and the Global Giving community. If you are interested in providing us further feedback concerning our project, finding out more about our activities or area of operation, or would like to volunteer with us, please contact us here or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also strongly encourage you to provide feedback at the end of this report.
Ashe Oleng! (Thank you very much in Kisamburu)
Visiting Korean Group