Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program


Students participating in the Agribusiness Club from Dagoretti Nyakinyua School are continuing in their efforts by fully utilizing designated sections of the school campus grounds they themselves cultivated into farmland last year.  With hands-on instruction provided by local farmers, teachers, administrators, and parents, we are proud to report that participating students were able to accomplish the following goals set in place for 2015:


Dagoretti Nyakinyua School Agribusiness Club 2015 Projects

Students participating in the Agribusiness Club from Dagoretti Nyakinyua School are continuing in their efforts by fully utilizing designated sections of the school campus grounds they themselves cultivated into farmland last year.  With hands-on instruction provided by local farmers, teachers, administrators, and parents, we are proud to report that participating students were able to accomplish the following goals set in place for 2015:

-Cultivated 3 -to- 5 acres of land overgrown with weeds.

Students manually uprooted weeds and turned-over soil.

-Donor seeds were planted into seedbeds and maintained by the students

always with adult instructor/supervision on-hand.

-After seedlings grew strong enough, starters were transplanted from
seedbeds into approximately 3-sectioned acres of school ground
designated for farming.

-School farm continues to this day to be maintained regularly by students
And adult instructors from Dargoretti Nyakinyua School and the
Nyakinyua community.

-After an extensive dry season and a terrifying hail storm that could
have destroyed vegetable crop, little was lost. Our first set of mature crops
was harvested late October and early November of 2015.



  • Some crops were sold within Nyakinyua and neighboring communities. 

  • Funds were used to reinvest into farming & maintenance supplies.

  • Some crops were distributed among students whose families were in need of food.

  • Some crops were used to provide for struggling teachers who went without pay during an extended teacher's strike.


Agribusiness Club Goals 2016:
We are attempting to build up our funds, saved from the Agribusiness Club project, in order to construct a Campus Greenhouse during the late summer or early fall of 2016.  The Greenhouse will provide a controlled environment for crops to grow, despite any potential extreme weather conditions (similar to those experienced in 2015) - drought/flood.  But, before we can start construction, we must first obtain an irrigation system to ensure ground & greenhouse vegetable crops are watered during dry seasons.  We plan to address this issue by tackling the following items of business first:

-Budget and save funds to hire local workers to dig a burl hole (well) in April 2016.  The cost for this project will be approximately $600 dollars, over 6000 Ksh.

-Purchase inexpensive irrigation kits--Money Maker Hip Pump--in which students can extract/pump from burl hole to water vegetables plants in green house and on the ground during dry seasons. A more durable but also more expensive pump option is the Money Maker Max Pump

-Remaining vegetable seed varieties provided will be passed out to students to plant them at their homes in pots/containers. 

-Students will be encouraged to maintain their home gardens, and barter with others students within the Nyakinyua community who will also be growing home gardens. Bartering could enhance nutritional value at mealtime(s) by increasing the variety of foods served per meal.

Dagoretti Nyakinyua School Agribusiness Club students are already making great strides to build up their school and positively impact the Community of Nyakinyua. Both school and community have discovered their own power, and they are using it to provide for themselves and each other.    

Non-Agribusiness Club Goals 2016:

Our 900+ students (approximately 400 - 450 households) at Dagoretti Nyakinyua School are in desperate need of DLight S2 solar lamps. Solar lamps provide a way for students to complete homework assignments during the evenings hours when it is dark outside.  Solar lamps get energy from the sun, are safe, inexpensive (approximately $10 - $15 per lamp), and last for approximately 4 -5 years. The alternative lamps being used today by most Nyakinyua families burn kerosene.  Due to poverty, oftentimes the families are forced to choose between food and kerosene, and students homework suffers.  An uneducated child is least likely to make it out of his/her poverty to a better life.  


Nyakinyua Rise!   
Donna Patton
1/20/2016

Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program

Founders
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
c/o Bisnah Kiwara, Teacher/School Administrator/Project Overseer
P.O. BOX 438
Molo, Kenya 20106

Abrah-Cove Publishing - NCEP
c/o Donna Patton, Project Administrator/Coordinator & Principle Donor
Indiana USA


Sponsor

Jlin  (USA)

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