The Kianjai region suffers from regular droughts every 3-4 years. Most of the members of this community are small-scale subsistence farmers.
Oliver & Learn is supporting the development of some community land, in Kianjai, to create a sustainable farm, which is not reliant on rainfall and will feed the community. This will include a demonstration farm providing education of farming techniques for the future.
This sustainable agriculture initiative is very exciting and could have amazing long-term benefits.
The demonstration farm will be used to educate local peasant farmers how to maximise the return from their land, even during times of drought. This will increase family income, which will significantly improve the number of children in education and family health.
To date we have identified three main routes to achieve this outcome:
- Model best practice farming techniques, suitable for peasant farmers, which can be replicated on their land at a reasonable cost. We’ll then combine this with structured education and ongoing support.
- Educate on – and support the provision of – improved water harvesting, better sanitation and better water hygiene.
- Develop economic empowerment programmes, i.e. table banking to support both the above activities.
Make a difference
Each year, Oliver & Learn sponsors students from 11 schools in the rural Kianjai area of Kenya. We help to pay for school fees, books and uniforms – all of the vital things that keep these secondary students in school. Many of these students are orphans. Without this support, they would have to drop out of school and work in subsistence jobs to survive. School fees are only £135 per year, but to many, this is simply unaffordable.
Help Winifred set up her business
We’ve helped students like Winifred set up a business on graduating, by providing them with the tools of their trade. This donation of a sewing machine or plumbing equipment can make a huge difference, whether it’s to young people just starting out in their working lives, or to their family.
Help the community improve their farming techniques
The Kianjai region is subject to regular droughts. This has a disasterous impact on the local community. To improve drought resiliency, a community teaching farm is being developed. The farm will teach techniques for selecting and planting drought resistant crops and encourage the community to develop greater yeilding crops.