Posts Tagged ‘Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife’

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFERENCE!

Climate change is the ultimate test for our collective intelligence as humanity. The diversity of cultures and of knowledge systems required for adapting to climate change need recognition and enhancing through public policy and investment. A new partnership between science and traditional knowledge will strengthen both knowledge systems and enhance our capacity to respond.

Biodiversity is the basis of food security. Biodiversity is also the basis for ecological and organic farming because it provides alternatives to chemical inputs. It also increases resilience to climate change by returning more carbon to the soil, improving the soil’s ability to withstand drought, floods and erosion. Biodiversity is the only natural insurance for society’s future adaptation and evolution. Increasing genetic and cultural diversity in food systems, and maintaining this biodiversity in the commons are vital adaptation strategies responding to challenges of climate change.

Together with People in Peril Association, Necofa is working with Koibatek community in conservation of Koibatek ecosystem which is part of Mau Ecosystem. The conservation efforts include:  Capacity building on climate change adaptation in Agriculture and natural resource management, support of communities with tree seedlings to establish wood lots, energy saving stoves, establishment of environmental clubs and arboretums in schools, tree planting in the forest.

Together with Manitese, Necofa is working with Indigenous  Ogiek community from Marioshoni forest in biodiversity conservation. The project involves beekeeping activities, capacity building on importance of biodiversity conservation, mapping of traditional foods and ecotourism. Rehabilitation of Eldume irrigation scheme is also ongoing and capacity building on production and marketing of horticultural crops is one major activity.

Together with Friends of Kenya School and Wildlife, Necofa is working with different communities and schools in support of education and health, main schools are in Arid Baringo County, Kajiado and Isiolo. The scholarships offered ensure bright students do not miss out, as they prepare for a brighter future.

Health of a community is important, and together with FKSW, Necofa has ensured yearly medical camps and monthly monitoring of community health, especially malaria cases at Kokwa Island in Baringo.

Together with Slow Food International, Necofa is implementing projects involving small scale farmers, establishing community and school gardens that will ensure diversified and quality food availability for communities in rural and urban areas

NECOFA Visits Kokwa Island Refugees, Brings Donations

On Kenyatta Day this past October 20, NECOFA staff and its collaborators boarded matatus, rafters, and then pick-up trucks to supply Kokwa Island refugees with maize, vegetables, rice, sugar, clothes, soap, and other items collected during the recent Poverty Requiem event.

NECOFA invites other well-wishers to support the community with food, cash donations, and other essentials. Simply email NECOFA at necofakenya@yahoo.com.

Realizing the hardships of the Kokwa community, NECOFA and its US-based partner, Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife (FSW), are assisting the community with poverty eradication projects. FSW has continuously supported the refugees by establishing pre-primary and primary schools, including meals for the kids.

Within the Baringo District in Salabani, the rocky island is considered unsuitable for agricultural practices, said NECOFA community development officer John Washira, adding that the communities live in “pathetic conditions.” The refugees moved to Kokwa from Longicharo because of ethnic violence; most of their livestock was stolen and their properties destroyed, leaving them poorer and hungrier than ever before.

For instance, some people are still living under trees because of a lack of resources for shelter. The community—especially small children—are exposed to all sorts of environmental risks due to poor sanitation and improper feeding.

In fact, the only staple food for the community is fish, which young boys catch from rafters; however, there is no centralized market for fish sales.

They depend on fish because the island’s cattle cannot thrive due to a lack of fodder to sustain them. (The only livestock that can possibly thrive on the island are goats, due to their natural characteristics of browsing on shrubs and acacia trees. These animals are sustainable only if enough rains spread throughout the year).

NECOFA’s projects on Kokwa island include:

—Establishing a centralized market for fish sales.
—Researching the establishment of a kerosene-based hatchery for the Kailer women’s group. They can later sell the chicks through NECOFA.
—Establishing 4 –K clubs. The project will involve three primary schools: Eldume, Kokwa, and and Kailer.

NECOFA will train the community on establishing kitchen gardens and story gardens, not only providing subsistence to the families but also income through sales of surplus vegetables to other communities. The project will be extended to various community groups, such as the Kailer women’s group, who has already gone through some training on composting and setting up story gardens.