Organic Gardening Kenya
We teach environmental and sustainable management to stop climate change.
Seven years ago, Raymond Benson Orenda managed to mobilize his community members and formed a CBO (Community Based Organization) a grass root project called Organic Food Kenya.
The project is based at Kamiyawa Village, Kodera Sub-location, West Kasipul, and Oyugis Sub- County in Homa-Bay County.
So far, it is run by 8 volunteers and the focus is to develop a well-functioning organic farm, that not only provides organic food, but aid in the education of other farmers in organic practices and the importance of clean and safe drinking water sources to secure stable and healthy nutrition.
Organic food Kenya is teaching the community members to become SMART FISHERMEN/WOMEN, able to feed themselves and their families out of poverty and help to keep the family heathy with an organized health service.
So far, they have started training and schooling for, both theoretical and practical experiences on compost production, correct planting, rural enterprises like making the own soap using natural, ecological procedures. Further teaching the community, baking and how to conserve vegetables during rainy season to use them during drought times. Community members come to learn then they go and implement the learned skills back in their homes and villages not only for their nutrition, but also having Climate Change and the new challenges to repair the earth in mind.
The importance of Organic Permaculture education in communities is measured not just in the creation of clean food, but in the creation of community and the knowledge about tree planting and creating a sustainable environment. People naturally gather around water and food and this is the base of all civilizations with a clear path to the future created in the process.
When a community is provided with opportunities to work together, creating food and water security it offers much more, because of the healing power that comes from the ability to feed themselves and their families. The practice also removes fears about the future and enables to help others. Clean water is life and when that source is contaminated the project itself becomes impossible.
Organic Food Kenya is an inclusive project supporting equality. We know, everyone is needed; all community members are included regardless of sex, age, race and status. The most marginalized groups like orphans, sick people and the old are all catered by our community.
Our volunteers, both locally and internationally work tirelessly planting our small fields, fighting deforestation, planting tree gardens and among the trees, sweet potatoes, kales, local vegetables while training our youth how sustainable agriculture can create a better live.
Please support us with your donation:
To provide training and modern agricultural skills to poor communities in Kenya by developing fertile ground to nourish organic foods, food security thus changes life of community members.
Create self-sustaining projects within the community and schools we work with – work smart to change a life.
- Poverty eradication, training communities on agribusiness, permaculture and organic farming
- Promotion of food security
- Maintenance of biodiversity
- Promotion of micro enterprises among communities
- Advocacy to the old and the vulnerable
- Coordinate with any group, NGO and individual donor having same objectives towards development and health.
- Promotion of agroforestry and education to less fortunate among the communities
- To establish local and international partnership
- Engaging in HIV/AIDS program among the communities
Organic Food Kenya believes in sustainable permaculture models that are integrated into communities’ culture and its traditional methods of agriculture.
A high rate of environmental degradation when members of the community cut down trees for survival, due to lack of employment coupled with global warming impacts, has resulted in erratic rainfall patterns.
This affects agricultural activities including crop farming which is the main stay of the people of Homa Bay County.
ORGANIC FOOD KENYA
P.O. BOX 118-40222, OYUGIS
As stated above, an integrated effort by stakeholders is important of which OFOK has engaged in activities aimed at correcting the above. OFOK has donated trees to community members, mobilized them and encouraged them to develop woodlots. Trees are sold to the community members in an arrangement where one buys tow seedlings and is given one for free. These activities have contributed to meeting the key objective of members of OFOK while contributing conservation efforts together with key stakeholders and collaborators.
At this stage of the project, OFOK intends to focus on tree planting activities in community-based utilities including dispensaries, community water points, chief camps and new schools. However, these activities require financial resources and your contribution will greatly support these efforts.
- To conserve community water points through tree planting
- To increase forest cover in line with Kenyan vision 2030
- To improve community livelihoods through sale of tree seedlings
SUMMARY OF PROJECT ACTIVITIES
a) Nursery tree planting
b) Bee keeping
c) Vegetable farming
- Community water points
- Chief camps
The community volunteers will continue caring for trees planted in the community sites while drawing support from administrators of these institutions (chief camps, dispensaries and school) for further care of trees. The project will continue mobilizing and training members of the community on benefits of tree planting and bee keeping as concern environmental conservation and livelihood development.
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