A recent newspaper article in the Daily Nation shows Domitilla demonstrating how to make the stove liners at an exhibition in Kisumu. They are having an exhibition of ‘jua kali’ (the informal sector) this week and we were informed at the last minute. So we decided to display about our work with stoves. I understand it has been very well received and they have had many visitors including the Minister of Labour. I believe this will result in further positive contacts for spreading the training and ideas.
This is the pond that we have recently dug at the bottom of the garden in Kajulu, and stocked with ‘fingerlings’ in April. George dug the pond in the semi-swampy portion of the REAP garden in Kajulu in March 2012.
George constructed a compost frame in the REAP pond. Tilapia fish feed mainly off algae. The algae are fed by decomposing compost. This is the cheapest way to feed fish, so is what we are promoting in REAP rather than buying fish food! Here, George is building the frame or basket into which compost is thrown daily. With the garden there is plenty of material to feed here and this is supplemented with goat droppings.
Here is a good example of the soil wash that Vetiver grass is designed to prevent.
This photo was taken (May 23, 2012) at a farm in Kajulu two days after a very heavy
downfall. The farmer has recently planted a Vetiver nursery so that he will have grass
to protect his soil in the future. The Vetiver nursery should have spread to produce enough
slips for planting a hedge across the land by the beginning of the short rains in September.
Vetiver Grass holds back soil. This photo is taken in the REAP garden in Kajulu. In the last 18 months
this hedge has been collecting soil behind it which otherwise would be lost to the streams and ultimately
the lake. The land on the right is now about 2 feet higher than that on the left!
Using Vetiver grass round a fish pond. The brother of Pastor Simon, who is assisting us 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.
Pastor Joel Owano is a pastor in the same church as Rosalia (ECCA – Evangelical Christ Church in Africa). His wife, Grace, learnt about Moringa at a workshop with another NGO and later from Rosalia in the church. She and her husband planted a lot of trees in their farm and they are using them as vegetable. They have also shared seeds with others in the church and community.
They asked us to visit partly to show what they had done but more because they had heard that Moringa was a useful medicine. The main product we use from Moringa is the leaves. Although very useful as a fresh vegetable, similar to spinach, the leaves are most useful when dried and crushed into powder. They then become a very high value nutritionally balanced food supplement.
The big trees do not produce so many leaves and those that are produced are difficult to harvest, so for best value the trees are cut back so that they sprout (coppice) and produce abundant leaves. Here Samuel Ouma is showing Pastor Joel how to do this on one of his trees. Note the many seed pods on the tree behind and how compatible the trees are with the maize crop.
A Tree Planting Nation – Honouring God and Future Generations
Every church and school a tree nursery!
Every Kenyan a tree planter!
Join the National Easter Tree Planting Campaign
Let us join together in fighting for the future of Kenya and bring glory to God in doing so!
The Primary Focus of Easter Tree Planting
The primary focus of a tree-planting effort following Easter revolves around the celebration of the risen Saviour, and the new life we have in Christ. With the proper preparation, it becomes a beautiful act, which honours and commemorates Christ and His work on the cross. The cross of Christ is like the tree of life, because at the cross the story of redemption and new life begins. The event serves not only as a celebration of the resurrection, but also as a demonstration of our gratitude. Teachings about the crucifixion and resurrection delivered on Easter Sunday can be reiterated and reinforced by conducting a service of thanksgiving and prayer before the actual act of tree planting commences.
- Rich parallels can be drawn between the biblical passages about the Tree of Life (found in both Genesis 2 and Revelations 22), and how tree planting can be a source of life for people today and into the future.
- This can also be tied into the truth that Christ died on a tree, because of our sin, in order to bring us eternal life. The cross can be described as the Tree of Redemption.
- Tree planting can be initiated on the farms of neighbours and non-believers to demonstrate Christian love and to open up opportunities to share Christ or the biblical message of caring for creation.
- Tree planting can be done as a demonstration of Christ-like concern for children and as a means of building a more hopeful future for successive generations.
Benefits of Church-wide Easter Week Tree-planting Initiative:
- Strengthening the witness and ministry of the church, its ability to reach out to non-believers, and its ability to address serious and present day realities.
- Transformation of the Kenyan landscape through the enlistment of 1,000’s to plant 1,000’s of trees.
- Inspiration and motivation for Christians countrywide to begin addressing other environmental or agricultural concerns.
- Widespread dissemination of the biblical calling to care for creation.
- Improved co-operation with secular institutions already working in these arenas.
- Improved unity and co-operation between denominations.
- Opportunity to set an example that may be adopted by other countries in Africa or around the world.