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22Oct/12

Newsletter: Autumn 2012

Kajulu Garden

Fish pond surrounded and strengthened by Vetiver grass

REAP continues to improve its garden at Kajulu.  The fish pond, in the lowest water-logged part of the garden, has produced its first harvest! Vetiver grass has been planted all round to help maintain the stability of the structure. Leucaena trees and sweet potato vines have also been planted around the pond to enable a sustainable source of fish food.

The brother of Pastor Simon, who is assisting in promoting Vetiver planting in Kajulu, is active in promoting fish ponds in the area. He has included planting vetiver to reinforce the ponds into his own teaching.

The Artemisia plot is providing plenty of medicine for malaria. REAP is now investigating how best to harvest larger plots to maximize quality.

The permanent displays of trees, natural medicines and traditional medicinal plants are all thriving.

Opening up drainage ditches, use of water and the best ways of developing the land are under consideration.

 

Building Plans

George, Rosalia and Domitilla marking out the rough position for the planned building

REAP plans to erect a demonstration, training and resource centre that is eco-friendly and cost-effective. This would provide a much needed location for teaching seminars and accommodation, whilst having many working examples of REAP’s concepts readily at hand.

Rosalia is checking approval required for a building on peri-urban land. The draft plan can then be finalized as a technical drawing. Septic tank positioning is the chief point of interest to local authorities. For the present time a standard VIP latrine is being erected to facilitate the needs of the builders.

George will supervise the project as he has experience with a number of building projects. Domitilla’s husband is a building foreman and Roger also has experience of building in Sudan.

It would be ideal to have a model example of Domitilla’s teaching on improved rural kitchens on the site. It is proposed that a store/watchman structure, with poles, tin roof and mud walls, would be desirable during the building work and could be adapted later for this purpose.

Care for the Earth

Whilst sharing information with Care for the Earth and others, REAP encourages passing on the ideas they have adopted.

Farmers who started an Artemisia nursery at Care for the Earth centre, using mosquito netting as shade and protection

Prayer Points

  •  Praise God for the continued blessing of the Kijulu garden that clearly demonstrates REAP ideas. Also provision for the building work to proceed.
  •  Thanks for granting Spring Harvest funding for a four day Stewardship Seminar to train twenty key contact people in REAP’s holistic teaching. Please pray that this will be significant in passing on REAP concepts to benefit the poor.
  •  Prayer for sufficient funding to meet REAP’s day to day running expenses and to maintain the team of skilled and enthusiastic workers.
17Aug/12

Stall Fed Dairy Goats

Stall-fed or zero grazed milk goats have a potential for bringing the same benefits with a greater emphasis on reaching the rural poor. REAP has a commitment to reaching the rural poor and has a strategy which takes technologies that seem to work and apply them to the needs of the rural poor. The REAP stoves programme is successfully making energy-saving stoves more accessible to rural women through churches in rural Kenya, and
using the same basic approach REAP would see great potential is stall fed goats.

Read more about Stall Fed Dairy Goats in Adobe PDF format.

19Jun/12

Newsletter: Spring 2012

Women’s Ministry

REAP has had many opportunities to display work relating to women.

At a May exhibition in Kisumu, Domitilla displayed kitchens and molding, and was featured in the Daily Nation.

Last March Anne, Rosalia and Wilimina displayed at an international conference in Nairobi, related to climate change, where they were personally encouraged by the Prime Minister’s wife.

Following contacts made through the Kisumu Show, Rosalia has been teaching at a number of conferences in Kenya on the role of women in the church and their potential for bringing change.

Artemisia and Moringa

Rosalia and Geroge joined Keith Lindsey of Anamed at a Natural Medicines training event in Butere.  On a follow up visit in May, Roger was encouraged by the number of trainees who actively put their training into practice.

There have also been a growing stream of visitors through REAP’s Nairobi office, contact having been made via the internet. Particular interest has been shown in Moringa (for nutrition) and Artemisia (for malaria).  It has been encouraging that REAP is now able to supply planting materials form the Kajulu garden.

Fredah Wabuko, from Butere in Western Province, is one of the most active people REAP has trained.   She now both trains and treats people with natural medicines.

This picture shows how Fredah has made use of a small plot behind her house to grow a wide variety of natural medicines in a small area.

Kajulu Garden

REAP’s garden in Kajulu, near Kisumu, continues to attract visitors (from five of the six continents!)  In June thirty prison wardens visited, who hope to incorporate REAP teaching into the prisons!

The fish pond, in the lowest water-logged part of the garden, was stocked with 400 fingerlings in April.  This displays how fish can be inexpensive to keep and a valuable resource for poor farmers.

The Vetiver grass planted at the Kejulu garden has dramatically shown its value in protecting soil from erosion.  Up to two feet of soil have been collected above the grass hedges over eighteen months.

The nursery area for development of new useful plants is expanding.  REAP has been able to share planting material with some community based projects in the Asembo area.  We are now developing a strategy for disseminating new ideas.

PRAYER POINTS

  • Thanks for the many blessings of the Kajulu garden, which has become infinitely valuable to REAP’s work.  Also that Rosalia has eventually been able to obtain the physical Title deed for the land, having persisted through various barriers!
  • Prayer for sufficient finance to be able to continue with the work, and to meet additional demands for REAP’s teaching.
  • Praise that REAP’s teaching is reaching an increasing number of people who are both embracing it and passing it on.
04Jun/12

The Clay Pot Fridge

A fridge made from 2 clay pots is an idea we are working on. A porous clay pot allows water to seep through. This evaporates cooling what is inside. This is an idea that is commonly used for cooling drinking water. By using two pots with wet sand between the inner pot can be used for keeping other things such as fruit and vegetables cool.

We know the idea of using evaporation from the clay pot works, but we need to make appropriate and easy for ordinary people to do themselves so that the idea can spread. We first had to get the potter to slightly adapt the shape of the pot so that the hole is a bit bigger. We are then trying different containers inside to find which is best. The metal one is most efficient, but most expensive. The plastic one is most available but seems to insulate too much. The clay one is probably most practical for the ordinary people with the metal one probably attracting those with more resources. Dom is still experimenting.

04Jun/12

Nursery Gardens

Priscilla in her group nursery by Lake Victoria. Priscilla is one of the ladies from ECCA who has more recently joined as a contact person. She already has a group of women she works with and has this tree nursery with them. We have introduced her to Natural Medicines and she is working with her group to propagate natural medicines such as Moringa and Artemisia alongside the other trees they have already started with.

Sam recently established the nursery at the REAP garden. Now that the garden is well established we have started propagating plants that we have established. Sam has taken responsibility for this and here he is with the early plantings. The bright green plants are Artemisia. You can also see the Vetiver hedge behind him.

Fredah by her mixed medicinal garden. Fredah Wabuko is one of the most active people we have trained. She is from Butere in Western Province and is very active in both training and treating people with natural medicines. She has a small residence on the church compound in Butere town (although she has her ‘home’ and farm outside the town). This picture shows how she has made use of a small plot behind this house to grow a wide variety of natural medicines in a small area.