A Tree Farm in Kenya
In the Fall of 2017, we visited Nkareta for the first time. Nkareta is a community of around 3000 people, just outside of Narok. Our goal at the time was to do family assessments, which we like to do when we “open” a new area. We met Jacob, who is now our Community Director in that area, and he introduced us to two families he wanted us to work with, the Peres and Kirimogos.
We started off at the Peres’ house, and spent some time talking with the different members of the family. Noosonkon and Nkulena Pere have 6 children, ranging in age from Class 1 (first grade) to University age. They have 16 acres of land that they can rent for cattle grazing, and wanted to grow and sell vegetables. They have a local water hole that is really dirty, and when it dries up, they have to walk 4 km to get water.
The Kirimogos, Ntabuat and Ksiuku, also have 6 children that attend the local public day school. They have 9 acres of land, no animals, and would like to grown and sell vegetables. They also have four adopted girls who are nieces that they help support.
Our assessment was that we should start with garden boxes for both families, and then move on to animals later. We launched a $5 Friday Fundraiser on Facebook to start building our gardening and tree projects in this community.
After returning from Kenya, we started discussions with Jacob about how to accomplish this. The McMurdos were living in Kenya at the time, and agreed to go and help the families build garden boxes. They were built in January 2018. At the same time, Jacob showed us the garden towers, which were cheaper than building the boxes, and wouldn’t be subject to termites. We decided that moving forward, we would use the towers, with plans to build the first one in June 2018. In the meantime, we also wanted to see about using some of the land that the Peres and Kirimogos had to start tree farms for seedlings that we could transplant to other families in the area. We started creating big plans for how we could help support the community in self-reliance skills. More on that, later!
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