In October 2019, our team worked for 10 days to create 2 food forests, a kitchen garden, a tree nursery and a cow dwelling at this school of 78 children in Western Kenya. The project was developed as a food program for the children who didn't have a proper or nutritious meal plan at school, a business for selling excess produce and tree seedlings and also serves the community as a demonstration site. We aspire to install all our project sites near main roads or busy areas so that passersby can see for themselves how permaculture works. They can contact the farm manger who we trained so that they can replicate the techniques in their homes and farms. We will spread the movement of regenerative agriculture by showing people what is possible and allowing them to take the first steps in changing the world.
In November 2019, we worked for 2 weeks in Eastern Uganda with an NGO called Dream Farm Kykabubga (DFK). The 1.75 acre food forest we established is now used as a learning centre and hub for regenerative agriculture education. Workshops are already being conducted and the community is benefiting. There are over 4000 local community members who will benefit from the project in the long-term. In that time we also started phase 1 of a food program food forest at Kykabunga Primary School. Over 50 children came to help us at Dream Farm about 1km away from their school and we returned the favour by spending 3 days building the first installation of their food program. Dream Farm's long-term plans are to establish permaculture food programs in the 4 schools in the area using the resources we helped establish.
Kibera located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya is the second largest slum in Africa with a population of almost 1 million people. KICOSHEP (Kibera Community Self-Help Program) Primary School has had a long successful track record of positively impacting the community with urban farming initiatives and supporting adults and children living with HIV/AIDS. The school’s sack garden program was destroyed some years back with the building of a railroad through Kibera. The school has 353 children, 65 of which are living with HIV/AIDS. We will install 100 sack gardens which will serve the school's food program and also train local community members and youth to make their own sack gardens.
In September 2020, we will be in Iriri, Karamoja in Northern Uganda at Kapuat Primary School which has 1163 children. 434 are in full-time boarding and in desperate need of a food program and vocational training for children especially girls who often are married as young as 15. The region suffers from civil instability and is prone to severe droughts of up to 8 months. A project here could play a significant role in reversing the current disadvantaged condition of the children and the community as a whole.
In October 2020, we will install the first phase of a permaculture food forest food program in Kitgum, Northern Uganda to serve the 295 girls, 35 of which are blind. It will also serve as a demonstration farm and learning centre for the community impacting close to 1000 people.