At last, it rained! Here in Samburu County Kenya, we recently had the biggest rainfall in four years. It provided enough water to fill the catchment ponds which hadn’t happened since the beginning of this drought. Although it’s now been a couple of weeks since the rainfall, all of the surrounding vegetation is still green. We’re making sure to savour this scenery knowing that that amount of rain will not likely happen again soon; the forecast predicts below average precipitation for the remainder of the year. Nevertheless, we know that with the help of our water truck we can keep moving forward with planting food-bearing trees. Our truck is fitted with all the supplies we need for planting trees farther afield – it is our Mobile Reforestation Unit.
We have long been looking forward to planting trees and providing training in more remote communities but the hardships of the recent years made the expansion of our services extremely challenging. However, we recently scouted locations for future food forest projects and made encouraging connections with numerous communities as far away as Lake Turkana in the north of Kenya. Several of these locations have the potential to become highly productive food forests in that they are unique micro-climates nestled in rainy mountain valleys; like oases surrounded by desert. Other regions we visited are suffering from debilitating arid conditions where we will focus on designing intense water conservation systems and planting small and productive food forests. We are keen on catering each project to the needs of the people where they live. Our goal is to begin collaborations before the end of the year.
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Ashe Oleng! (“Thank you very much!” in Kisamburu)
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