In Mombasa the trust is working with Haller to help poor rural communities become self-sufficient through sustainable farming methods.
The first phase of our funding was to build a rain fed dam for the remote Mitedi community that has been plagued by drought. This will extend their growing cycle by around nine months as well as provide access to water and help break the cycle of poverty.
The second phase was for the community to undertake a farmer training programme to enable them to maximise the yield from their land, as well as learn long-term sustainable farming techniques. The holistic approach of Haller means that training also includes courses in bio gas for energy and solar cooking.
The Trust also funded training in aqua-culture, which includes the establishment of family fish ponds. This clever system, initiated by Dr Haller, involves the construction of a chicken coop above a fish pond. Not only does this produce fish, which provide a source of protein and income, but the chicken waste helps keep the water fertile, which in turn promotes the growth of nile cabbage which is used for biogas. The nutrient rich water is used to irrigate the rest of the farmland.
To further assist this community to become self-sufficient, the Trust is now constructing a well that will provide drinking water for over 400 families, as well as ongoing farmer training. By tapping into the water table, the community well will ensure sufficient water is available, even during extended periods of drought food and ultimately help to break the cycle of poverty.
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