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06Nov/17
Ladies with cuttings to plant

Newsletter for November 2017

Here is an online version of the Newsletter for November 2017

Kenya is experiencing an extended election period. With the annulment of the elections in August, the uncertainty related to elections is a continuing background to all activity in Kenya. It is difficult to plan in this atmosphere, but our work in REAP has continued, with definite encouragements. Life continues, and our teaching continues to be relevant to the rural population.

Natural Medicine Training Seminar

We held a week long, intensive training seminar on Natural Medicine from 8th-14th October. Fourteen participants came from Kenya, Uganda and one from Tanzania. The participation was excellent, and we covered the full curriculum for the week, including plenty of practical sessions. Discussion was not just on the technical aspects, but we had good discussion on how to communicate the messages more effectively in the community. All the participants were interested in the Biblical background, and how to communicate well in churches and other Christian contexts. Once again, the seminar reinforced the relevance of our teaching.

George teaching on taking Artemisia cuttings

George teaching on taking Artemisia cuttings

Wilimina teaching on making medicinal charcoal from groundnut shells

Wilimina teaching on making medicinal charcoal from groundnut shells

Margaret involves REAP in planting trees on her birthday

Margaret Oluoch is one of REAP’s most active ambassadors, helping us spread the message of Caring for God’s wonderful creation. She is also a good example; she has been active in restoring the river bank through planting trees on her own land and has persuaded her neighbours to do the same. On her birthday she involved one of the closest local churches and asked REAP to share in the teaching and planting.

Margaret with her trees to be planted

Margaret with her trees to be planted

The river bank that is being restored

The river bank that is being restored

“Eversmart” taking up REAP teaching and promoting it near Lake Victoria

Yunis is the chairlady of a group called Eversmart. We were introduced to her and her group a few years ago by one of our contacts in Uyoma close to Lake Victoria. She has been very responsive to our teaching and has planted a medicinal garden for the group on land close to her home. Group members can get planting material from this garden. There was a farmers’ field day at her home a couple of months ago and Sam attended to share teaching from the Medicinal garden. When we visited in September one of those who had attended the farmers’ field day brought his mother to come and see us. She was suffering from serious joint pain so Rosalia taught her how to make an ointment from Eucalyptus and showed her how to use it.

Yunis standing by the medicinal garden she teaches from

Yunis standing by the medicinal garden she teaches from

Rosalia uses Eucalyptus oil on a painful joint

Rosalia uses Eucalyptus oil on a painful joint

Roger in Kenya and Jos in UK

Roger Sharland has been in Kenya for the last three and a half months while Josilen has stayed on in Reading, UK, where she has had a successful cataract operation, and has enjoyed time with the grandchildren. She hopes to return to Kenya soon.

Thank You for your support

Training others and visiting those who are active is always very encouraging as we see the way they have incorporated the teaching into their lives for greater sustainability. Also hearing stories of those who are benefitting from Natural Medicines is a great encouragement. We are very appreciative of your support that enables us to do this, but long also to do more. It is challenging when we discuss what can be done as we want to take the teaching to more people but still lack capacity. Your support is very much needed and appreciated.

06Nov/17
Photo of Natural Meds seminar participants Oct 2017

Update from Natural Medicines Training Seminar – October 2017

REAP conducted a Natural Medicines Training Seminar from October 8th-14th at the Mary Ward Centre in Karen, near Nairobi.

Fourteen participants from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania attended this intensive training seminar. The participation was excellent and we covered the full curriculum for the week.

Seminar Content

  • The major medicinal plants that we teach on and included many practical sessions.
  • Growing, preparing and the use of scientifically researched and proven Natural Medicines.
  • Discussions about how to communicate the message positively both within the church, the community and other Christian contexts.

Next Training Seminar

We are hoping to hold another training seminar in March or April 2018. The dates and location are yet to be finalised.
Please contact the REAP office if you are interested in attending.

REAP Administrator: Mrs Anne Sigei
Email: reapke@gmail.com
Phone: +254 (0)707 495709 or +254 (0)722 737429.

Photo of George teaching on taking Artemisia cuttings

George teaching on taking Artemisia cuttings

Photo showing Wilimina teaching on making medicinal charcoal from groundnut shells

Wilimina teaching on making medicinal charcoal from groundnut shells

Photo of Natural Meds seminar participants Oct 2017

Photo of Natural Meds seminar participants Oct 2017

21Oct/17
Domitilla preparing to feed people from her kitchen

Newsletter July 2017

Newsletter July 2017

Roger was in England for two months, but this did not stopped work from continuing from both Nairobi and Kisumu. Rains have been unpredictable but our teaching is geared towards this and it has been encouraging to see how the holistic message of Caring for God’s creation has motivated those we work with as they take appropriate measures.

Training from the Farm

The team have been working hard to make then farm an interesting and informative place for training. Visitors often talk about the peace they experience as we work with God’s creation and it is then natural to incorporate Biblical teaching into what we share. In May there was a successful three day training seminar for 17 participants at the REAP centre in Gita. All the participants have been working with Natural Medicines, so the time included sharing, building on what they have already learnt, as well introducing new medicinal plants from the garden and new ideas. Domitilla was able to help feed them all in her kitchen shown above.

Domitilla preparing to feed people from her kitchen

Domitilla preparing to feed people from her kitchen

Photo of participants listening to the teaching

Participants listening to the teaching

Farmers in Western Kenya have taken up our teaching as their own

In July, Roger returned to Kenya and was able to visit various farmers whom we have trained in various seminars, in their homes in Kakamega County.  It was particularly encouraging to see the way they have taken the teaching and incorporated it into their farms and lives in general.  It is encouraging to hear how they are sharing these concepts with others so that the message spreads.

Fridah Wabuko only moved to her new home a week earlier, but has already established her Artemisia nursery

Fridah Wabuko established her Artemisia nursery soon after moving into her new home

Alice continues to produce much Artemisia in the corners of her farm

Alice continues to produce much Artemisia in the corners of her farm

More Vetiver hedges are protecting more soil

More Vetiver hedges are protecting more soil

A couple working in harmony to produce well

A couple working in harmony to produce well

New ideas on the Reap Farm

The farm in Kajulu has most of the things we teach incorporated into the site, and we try to add new ideas from time to time.  We have a small area for a kitchen garden behind our improved rural kitchen, and we have now built a ‘Keyhole Garden’ for growing some vegetables intensively there.  Working together as a team we were able to construct it and make sure that the soil will be very productive by incorporating cuttings from around the farm and goat manure.  We have also been harvesting some new crops we have been trying.

photo of The Keyhole garden behind the kitchen

The Keyhole garden behind the kitchen

Photo of Staff harvesting Tumeric

Staff harvesting Tumeric

Another phot of the keyhole garden

Another view of the Keyhole garden behind the kitchen

photo of Richard Agiso and Sister Francesca with newly harvested yacón tubers

Richard Agiso and Sister Francesca with newly harvested yacón tubers

Roger and Jos in UK

Roger and Josilen Sharland were in UK during May and June 2017.  It was good to share our work in different contexts.  Roger returned to Nairobi in early July, but Jos has stayed on in Reading, UK for another three months.

24Jul/17
participants from Nov 2016

October 2017 – Natural Medicines Training Seminar

Natural Medicines Training Seminar in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

REAP and anamed Kenya are planning to conduct another Natural Medicines Training Seminar in October 2017 in Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi.

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

  • The recognition, knowledge and cultivation of several medicinal plants in a medicinal garden.
  • 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 medicinal soaps, medicinal charcoal, black stones for scorpion stings and snake bites and learn how to use several simple technologies.
  • The treatments of many medical complaints and diseases, including malaria, skin problems, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and wounds.
  • The influence of good nutrition and lifestyle on health.
Participants from Nov 2016
  Teaching on making ointments

 

Seminar Details

Where:  Mary Ward Centre,  Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Date: 4pm on Sunday 8th October – 2pm Saturday 14th October 2017.

Cost: KSh 38,000/- or equivalent for the one week seminar.
(This is an all inclusive price, and includes food, accommodation, books, some seeds, a T shirt, a poster and all seminar materials, but excludes transport to and from the venue. Any insurance required remains the responsibility of the participant)

Tutors: Rev Rosalia Oyweka and Dr Roger Sharland, assisted by Pst George Matengo.

 

Contact Details

If you are interested in attending please contact: 

REAP Administrator: Mrs Anne Sigei

Email: reapke@gmail.com

Phone: +254 (0)707 495709 or +254 (0)722 737429.

 ** Book soon to reserve a place!

Download Invitation

To download a pdf of an invitation to this seminar, please click here:

Letter of invitation Oct 2017 Natural Medicines Seminar

16May/17
Easter Tree Planting

Easter Tree planting

Easter Tree planting as a practical part of Creation Care

REAP continues to be active in promoting Biblical models of caring for God’s wonderful Creation and had an Easter Tree Planting activity.

We have recently linked up with Margaret Oluoch, a CMS Africa Champion, in promoting Tree Planting and natural medicines through the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK). In March we shared the challenge of Creation Care with Rev John Mark Oduor, the Provincial Director of Mission. His response was that he could not promote what he was not doing himself, and as a result invited us to his home near Siaya in western Kenya. So on April 7th we had a day at his home church, planting trees and Natural Medicines, so that John Mark, as he commented, could lead by example. This fitted in well with the Easter Season and tree planting where we combine the practical teaching on planting and caring for trees as part of creation care with a spiritual message from the Bible. The central imagery is the Tree of Life in Genesis 2 and Revelation 22, with the tree of the Cross at the centre of history.

Photo of Roger explaining about planting Vetiver Grass to the youth, with Margaret Oluoch looking on
Photo of Rev John Mark Oduor planting during Easter Tree Planting