Training Seminar in Natural Medicine–8 March to 14 March 2015

anamed training seminar June 2011A cordial invitation to attend a Training Seminar in Natural Medicine

To be held at the Mary Ward Centre in Karen, Nairobi,
4.00 p.m. on Sunday 8 March – 2 p.m. on Saturday 14 March 2015

Please reply to Mrs Anne Sigei, Email

REAP, P.O. Box 21083, Ngong Road, Nairobi, 00505, Kenya

For more information about anamed, see

REAP and anamed regularly conduct seminars in Kenya, in particular in Nairobi and western Kenya.

As a result of these seminars, the distribution of artemisia starter kits and the work of our collaborating organisations, we are delighted to say that Natural Medicine is now being practised in many parts of Kenya.

In particular, malaria patients are being treated with Artemisia annua tea, diarrhoea is being treated with anti-amoeba tea and HIV/AIDS patients are benefiting enormously from Artemisia tea, Roselle and Moringa leaf powder.

We invite either you or someone from your organisation, to attend this training seminar in Natural Medicine.

The aims of this training seminar are
to train 30 people (healers, pastors, missionaries, health workers, teachers and others active in the community) in

a)      the recognition, knowledge and cultivation of several medicinal plants in a medicinal garden.

b)      the hygienic production of effective Natural Medicines from these plants, e.g. teas, different medicinal oils and ointments and tinctures. We will also produce different soaps, medicinal charcoal, black stones for snake-bites and learn how to use several simple technologies.

c)      the treatments of many medical complaints and diseases, including malaria, skin problems, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and wounds.

d)     the influence of good nutrition and lifestyle on health.

Following the seminar, we expect the participants to:

e)      create their own garden of medicinal plants,

f)       prepare their own natural medicines,

g)      treat themselves, their families and others within their area of competence, and

h)      teach their families, colleagues and others in their communities.

Tutors: Rosalia Oyweka and Dr Roger Sharland, George Matengo.

Registration: Please write to the REAP Administrator, Anne Sigei (email and postal address above). You will be sent a confirmation of your booking immediately, and final details in February. The demand for places may be great, so please write quickly.

Fees for the seminar: The participation fee for African people or expatriates living in Africa is Kenya Shillings 32,000/- or equivalent for a one week seminar. This is an all inclusive price, and includes food, accommodation, books, some seeds, a poster and all seminar materials. Transport costs and any insurance required remain the responsibility of the participant. If participants require more books and posters for their project, they will be available for sale at a reduced price during the seminar.

Payment of the fee: In advance (except by special arrangement) to REAP in Kenya. If you want to pay in a currency other than Kenya Shillings please contact Anne Sigei for current rates of exchange.

If you sponsor a participant, please pay the fee in advance into the account that you will be given. Please inform your sponsored participant(s) that REAP and anamed will not pay any transport costs or “sitting allowances”, sometimes called “per Diem”.

The following are important aspects of our seminars:

  • Our emphasis on working at the grass-roots, encouraging and supporting local people in developing and extending the skills they already have.
  • We encourage traditional healers and formal health workers such as doctors and nurses to work together. We help them to recognise the positive contribution that each makes, and encourage them to work out practical ways in which they can cooperate.
  • By introducing Artemisia annua, we enable participants to become much more independent and successful in their treatment of malaria, in their families, communities and health centres. Each participant will be given rooted cuttings and be taught how to grow this delicate but extremely valuable plant.
  • It is important that all participants have a commitment both to practising what they learn and to teaching others, for example by conducting a similar seminar in Natural Medicine themselves, at least for a weekend.
  • All participants will work together in practical work and possibly in establishing a garden. They must bring suitable clothes with them for such activities.
  • Participants must attend for the entire programme to qualify for a certificate; to come only on some days is not acceptable.
  • Those participants who have a Bible should bring it.  Anamed and REAP are Christian organizations. We start every morning with a biblical reflection; each participant is invited to attend.
    All participants should try to bring a sample of at least one medicinal plant from their region for sharing with others.

We look forward to hearing from you!

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Dr Roger Sharland

REAP Director


Contact Details Changing

Dear All

As of this month, the contact details for REAP are changing. Our postal address is now:
10 Bourne Road, Pangbourne RG8 7JS
Email address:

These changes are the result of Cheryl and Andrew Twigger stepping down after many years of faithful service to REAP, Cheryl as trustee and writer of the Newsletter and Andrew as our financial adviser.

Sad as we are to lose Cheryl and Andrew, we are delighted to let you know that Jenny Nhau (nee Sharland) will be taking over the newsletter and general communications and her husband, Tich Nhau, will be providing financial advice. You will be hearing more from them I am sure in the May newsletter.

On behalf of Roger and Jos and the remaining trustees, Harry Hogg, Paul Fountain, Veronica Hindle and myself, Ruth Hampton, I would like to thank you for your prayerful support for REAP, many of you since it started in 1999. Hopefully some of you will be able to arrange to meet up with Roger and Jos on their visit to the UK this July and August.

Yours in Christ,


Help Farmers in Kenya Reap a Better Harvest

Help Farmers in Kenya Reap a Better Harvest

Help farmers in Kenya reap a better harvest by supporting REAP this Harvest Season

REAP works with poor farmers in western Kenya, teaching them how to look after their land using locally available resources, so as to get more reliable yields and better output for their work. Our main focus is on caring for the soil so it is not washed away by erosion or burnt by the hot sun, and teaching on how to increase soil fertility in various ways including incorporating the right trees in the farm. We are actively promoting Vetiver grass to control soil erosion, as well as planting of both leguminous trees and leguminous cover crops. We also promote the use of animal manure, and particularly the value of dairy goats for providing manure as well as milk. With the challenges of climate change we have started challenging farmers to grow those crops that are more suitable for the less predictable conditions we now have. Our strategy is to motivate people from the Bible by working with creation and thinking of others, and when people are challenged by having teaching that they can put into practice from their own labour and resources.

Here are some examples of what contributions to REAP can achieve (numbers in brackets refer to the pictures:

  • £9 will buy 10 litres of fuel for a motorbike enabling our staff to reach farmers where they are.
  • £20 will buy a tent for drying vegetables including Moringa as well as natural medicines (1. Pastor Ben by a tent with Moringa leaves drying)
  • £40 will cover the cost of a set of tools for a tree nursery. (2. A tree nursery by Lake Victoria)
  • £50 can pay for the rent of a piece of land for a year so that a community can multiply up Vetiver grass for sharing in the community (3. A Vetiver grass nursery for the community)
  • £60 will pay for a part time extension worker taking our teaching to the farmers for a month (4. Bishop Silas, one of our extension team with his Vetiver Grass hedge)
  • £65 will cover the printing cost of 1,000 leaflets which we produce on both Biblical and technical topics
  • £100 can provide a young dairy goat to a family (5. A dairy goat with her feed in a simple house)
  • £120 can cover the cost of displaying our teaching ideas to farmers at an open day at the Agricultural Training Centre (6. REAP stand at the climate change conference)
  • £240 will cover the cost of a participant at a week’s intensive residential training including materials to take home after the training (7. A practical session during a training seminar)

For more information see our website or contact Dr Roger Sharland on

Newsletter: Summer 2013

Newsletter: Summer 2013

Training Seminars

Picture1During May REAP held a weeklong training seminar on Natural Medicines with Anamed.

There were participants from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Sudan, a Dutch couple working in South Sudan, a Japanese volunteer working in Kenya, a Jesuit Catalan father from Kakuma refugee camp and the others from Kenya. They ranged from a university professor and community health workers to several youth. All were keen to learn of the holistic approach to REAP and actively requested Biblical input.

Following the success of this training seminar, we are planning to hold another one in November. We are thinking of having a similar type of training relating to the Stewardship program, and are exploring this idea with some Christian NGOs.

We have also been asked to do a week’s training on Natural Medicines in August at the AIC missionary college in Eldoret.

Staff Activities

Picture2George and Rosalia spent a week training in Central Pokot in April. This is most encouraging as they were from a remote area where people are able to see the value of taking control of their own situation.

Domitilla was able to visit Wau in South Sudan for a follow up on her training on stoves. She found the people there were much more focused on this occasion. A third visit is planned.

Rosalia and Monica will be conducting a training group for the Lavan Children’s Ministry in Kilimambogo on 10th June.

There is much interest in REAP teaching in Ukamani, south east of Nairobi. An established trained Ukamani contact is already using REAP teaching and planting material at his home. He would be an ideal person to take our teaching forward in this area.

New vehicle

Picture3Donations have been received to cover the cost of replacing the REAP vehicle. This is currently being imported from Japan and should be in use shortly.

Other opportunities

In his capacity as a board member of Across, Roger has been able to visit South Sudan in order to interview the new Executive Director and Personnel Director, and will be returning to Juba later in June for meetings with the Across management and board members.

We have currently had positive interaction with CMS Africa, in relation to both natural medicines and environmental teaching. We would like to learn from each other without duplicating.


  • Praise for the positive responses from recent seminars and the steady spreading of REAP teaching
  • Prayer that REAP will shortly obtain written final approval for building the much needed Demonstration and Resource Centre on REAP’s Kajulu land
  • Thanks for the safe delivery of Faith Ruby Sharland on 3rd June; Roger and Jos’ second grandchild
  • Pray for the success of the REAP stand at the Kisumu Show during the first week in August


Newsletter: Spring 2013

Newsletter: Spring 2013

Stewardship Seminar

Last November’s four day seminar to train twenty key contact people in REAP’s holistic methods has inspired much activity as participants have keenly put their newly honed skills into practice.

Thanks to funding from Spring Harvest, REAP was able to gather together twenty key people from various locations in northwest Kenya.

The seminar focused on how to become good stewards of God’s creation. As a result of four day’s intensive training the delegates have since enthusiastically shared practical help with less fortunate farmers who live in their communities.

This teaching took place at Ukweli, close to REAP’s Kajulu garden plot, so the delegates were able to benefit from witnessing REAP concepts already being put to use.

Seminar attendees dig up clumps of vetiver grass from the REAP farm, to start a new nursery at the Ukweli Centre

Seminar funding

When REAP is not holding seminars on behalf of other organizations or within supporting churches, participants often require funding.

REAP’s only limitation in spreading news of proven, low cost, methods that vastly improve the lives of the poor is funding.

The full cost of bringing together a group of twenty committed rural leaders for four days of intensive training is £3,000. Sometimes churches and individuals are able to contribute to their own attendance, but often delegate sponsorship is needed.

Kajulu Developments

Kajulu plot with proposed new building in the bottom left hand corner, close to the road

REAP’s plans to develop the Kajulu land by erecting an eco-friendly and cost-effective demonstration, training and resource centre, await final permission from local authorities.

This building will enable non-residential training for visitors throughout the year.

REAP staff are currently locating paths to enable the plot to be toured logically. The farm and building will clearly demonstrate to visitors diverse methods of soil conservation, farming, mulching, natural medicine, recycling and domestic ideas that are being used.


  • Pray for the development of REAP’s seminar program and necessary funding to sponsor delegates from the poorest communities
  • Praise for the encouragement of seeing many REAP’s ideas put into practice to improve the life’s of Africa’s poor
  • Prayer that REAP will shortly obtain written final approval for building the much needed Demonstration and Resource Centre on REAP’s Kajulu land.