Project #6337

Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Apr 15, 2011

Greenhouse is first step towards sustainability

Fruits of labour in the Greenhouse
Fruits of labour in the Greenhouse

With thanks to our wonderful and generous supporters our team and communities in Kenya have been very busy recently!

In addition to the food programs at the Precious Vision school to provide vital nutrition to children while they learn the goal has always been to help the school become self sustaining, the first step on this path has taken the form of a greenhouse.

Tess Doogue, GVI Kenya Project Manager, explains: 'The installation of a greenhouse at Precious Vision is the first example of an income-generating project funded by GVI Mombasa and the Charitable Trust. Produce grown in the greenhouse will be sold at a competitive rate to the local community, the proceeds from which will go towards teacher’s salaries. This project is extremely exciting as it is the first step towards Precious Vision becoming financially self reliant.

Importantly, there is a high level of investment by the local team. Madam Jane (Community leader) is an experienced farmer and her skills, knowledge and commitment have been crucial in the formation of the project. A “greenhouse committee” of standard 6 students has also been formed, to support Madam Jane on issues such as water management, and importantly, to teach students some practical food production skills. Families in slum areas such as Shauri Yaku (where Precious Vision is located) have no access to tenable land, so those skills are not passed onto younger generations. GVI has employed a gardener (selected by the community) as an additional support for the running of the structure, on the understanding that once the greenhouse is producing money, his wages will come from there. Although his wage is modest, he is given free accommodation at the school and is provided breakfast and lunch from the school’s feeding programme. The first crop rotation is a ‘learner’ crop of various spinach-like greens, low profit margin, but ideal for the first three months of learning how systems work.'

Tess also explains that in addition to the clear tangible benefits of the initiative the school has also benefited from a huge morale boost due to the increased activity and progress.

Additionally this is the first commercial greenhouse in Mombasa meaning that the Precious Vision site will become a working example of sustainable income generating initiatives. In the future the community will be able to charge others for training so they too can benefit from this initiative and donations to the GVI Charitable Trust.
Children at the school, greenhouse in background
Children at the school, greenhouse in background

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

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