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Photo of REAP Visitors Centre at Kajulu

Kajulu REAP Centre developing into a Visitors’ Centre

The REAP Centre in Kajulu is developing into a Visitors’ Centre

The REAP team based in Kisumu have been working hard at the REAP garden in Kajulu. They have been developing it into a Visitors’ Centre. The garden has been streamlined so that visitors can move round and the team can point out the main teaching points. Importantly, the building is a good meeting place too! In the garden we

  • Try new things
  • Modelling what we teach
  • Produce planting materials
  • We teach visitors

The building is a good meeting place. The garden has been streamlined so that visitors can move round and the team can point out the main teaching points.

In the middle of February we had two groups visiting and learning from the team. Domitilla has incorporated all our teaching on kitchens into the mud kitchen. She produced tea and food for the visitors from there.

The garden is full of different teaching points, both relating to medicinal plants and sustainable agricultural practices. Whenever we have visitors they are always challenged by the wonder of God’s creation.

Photos of visitors walking around the garden
Photos of visitors walking around the garden
Photo of visitors in the REAP Centre
Photo of visitors in the REAP Centre

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.


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.


In the News

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.


Fish Pond in the REAP Garden

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.