|New for this year’s Kisumu Show
George and Samuel are busy preparing the stand for this year’s Kisumu Show in August, which has become a useful platform in recent years to communicate REAP ideas to Africa’s rural community.
Use of REAP ideas spreads
Roger and his team have been greatly encouraged by the discovery of how well used many REAP ideas have become throughout the areas that they have been introduced to.
Tree symbols take message forward
REAP is promoting the planting of trees as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, linking their uses with Biblical images from the Tree of Life in Genesis through to Revelation, with the Cross in between.
|Preparing for the Kisumu Show|
Controlling erosion with vetiver grass
| Rift Valley Travel LimitationsThe disruption in January has made REAP concentrate on in-depth discussion with many who have been keen to seek out Roger’s advice and discuss ideas.This has been particularly the case with those who work in Sudan or who are looking to expand into the use of natural medicines.Restrictions on travel have also allowed the team more time to put new ideas down on paper and produce the much needed literature to convey them to a wider audience.In mid- March Roger was once more able to visit the work in Kisumu.
Much has now returned to normal in the Kisumu area and the people are positive about the future:
The REAP team has been wondering how to use their emphasis on stewardship and Kingdom teaching to enable the work to impact more positively on, and progress within, the current situation.
REAP continues to extend it’s teaching to explain simple methods of sustainable improvement in the use of agriculture, cooking methods, nutrition and natural medicines, largely through African Christian churches. Many churches are entering into a time of reflection and prayer, facing the difficulty that they have become tribal institutions.
REAP’s focus on Kingdom values is ideally positioned to give a renewed vision which extends beyond the message of salvation to a balanced holistic emphasis.
The herb garden at the back of the REAP office in Nairobi.
This is Rosalia at the Nairobi office when she managed to fly down for her monthly report in February.
This is a picture of Anne, who works in REAP’s Nairobi office.
|Good News for the Poor
REAP continues to extend it’s teaching and write more leaflets explaining simple methods of sustainable improvement in the use of agriculture, cooking methods nutrition and natural medicines, largely through African Christian churches.
Success at Kisumu
In August Reap won first places as Best Small Trade Stand and Best NGO Stand, and second place as Best Environmental Management at Kenya’s Kisumu Show. The medical garden once more caused great interest in displaying how Africa’s poorest people can effectively grow plants which can be of enormous benefit to them.
An Opportunity to meet Dr. Roger Sharland
Discover more about the vision of REAP.
In November Roger will be at two open Supporter’s Days, in Exeter and Reading.
|Showing how medicinal charcoal is made|
|Kenya’s President meets Pamela, Reap’s goat, who won first prize at this year’s Kisumu Show, when he was awarding the cups that Reap won again this year.|
|A medicinal garden plot|
|Rosalia teaching about the use of natural medicines at the Ukweli Pastoral Centre|
- Roger will be chairing the facilitating committee for the Cush Consultation again, in Yei, Sudan, this September. Please pray that this organization, which networks all the Christian organizations in Sudan, will effectively combine its resources.
- For the smooth purchase of a plot of land that REAP has found near Kisumu, with money from Greyfriars’ building fund, to enable much needed further development of plants.
- Prayer for Roger as he is working on a Human Resources Manual to enable the church to move forward in this direction.
Hedges Demonstrate Improved Crop
Rain has continued throughout Kenya’s dry season and so enabled the vetiver grass hedges to thrive. Sam has been busy establishing many vetiver nurseries and introducing the plants throughout the villages.
Natural Medicine News Comes to More People
Rosalia has been able to increase the teaching program for natural medicine benefits.
Fireless Cookers Promoted
Roger has written an article on the Fireless Cookers, which REAP has been introducing in Africa, for the next edition of Organic Way.
- Thanks that training in the use of natural medicines is being well received in many areas. Please pray that appropriate statistical data on their success, together with chemical analysis
of the plants used, will be reliably acquired.
- Guidance in finding the most suitable plot of land in the Kisumu region, to purchase with a grant from Greyfriars, in order to facilitate more effective work in that area
- For the safety of all REAP personnel as they live, work and travel in often dangerous areas of Africa. Particularly for several young people from Devon who will be working with REAP over the next few months.
Rain; its Blessings and it’s Challenges
Unusually heavy rains through January and February (normally very dry months) have been of enormous benefit to REAP’s work.
Medicinal Plants Thrive
Many of the medicinal plants, which REAP is introducing for the poor to be able to produce themselves, have spread much faster due to the increased amount of moisture in the soil.
Food Security for Tanzania
Dr. Sharland has been very encouraged by the response in central Tanzania to REAP’s holistic approach.