We are supporting around 450 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in Busia County. SGG provides these underprivileged children with one extra meal a week. Here children at Siguli Orphan Centre are receiving their meal from the Centre kitchen which is greatly in need of repair. This meal of maize and beans is better than the normal maize porridge that they eat as the beans add some protein but we are hoping to improve nutrition further by the addition of vegetables grown at the centre.
For the last 5 years SGG's main activity has been promotion of agroforestry. Tropical tree planting has both environmental benefits [e.g. soil moisture retention, protection against soil erosion, climate change mitigation] and huge humanitarian benefits [e.g. additional farm income, fruit for better nutrition].
Crucial aspects to the success of tree planting are:
1. allowing farmers to plant species of their own choice
2. paying farmers to care for trees during first year after planting.
Matayos Development and Empowerment Initiative [MADEI] members calculate the value of some new crops planted on Matayos Demonstration Plot. Each bunch of green onions in this raised bed sells for Ksh 50/- in the local Matayos market. As there are more than 100 bunches, the expected income is about Ksh 5,000/- [£40] from this single bed. The MADEI group have more than 20 such beds growing a variety of vegetables, which are used to feed orphans or for sale to generate income for the group.
HORTICULTURAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL PROJECTS
IN EAST AFRICA