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!
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