Orphans at Namulekhwa Wedinye waiting for the communal meal
1. SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS
Since 2007 SGG has been supporting 500 orphans & vulnerable children whose guardians are members of 9 different community groups in Busia, West Kenya. Initially this project just provided a nutritious weekly meal for these home-based orphans, but in order to be sustainable we also encourage income-generation schemes for their guardians. Read more...
A typical table banking meeting with a group of FOCUSSA members discussing possible projects
2. TABLE BANKING
Since 2009 SGG provided microcredit for members of Maendeleo Mashinani who wished to implement an income generation scheme. Typical schemes included: poultry rearing, cereal trading, indigenous vegetables, pig-breeding, tree-planting, growing bananas. Since 2016 table banking has been restricted to OVC groups because of insufficient funds.
A new crop planted under trees at Matayos demonstration plot. 3 groups grow vegetables for consumption by OVCs and for sale at market
3. ORGANIC GARDENING
SGG is promoting organic gardening as an appropriate strategy for Kenyan small farms. The start of any transformation to organic gardening is the production of large quantities of compost needed to maintain soil fertility on land which might produce 2 -3 crops each year. Double dug raised beds and agroforestry further improve outcomes.
2 year old trees add value to this home plot used for livestock grazing.
The Mali Hai Youth Group are based at Usa River Tanzania. They are tree planting to restore and extend forest cover and also promote carbon capture on farmland.
Same Rotarians and SGG at the nursery at Same Lutheran Cathedral which is part of the Youth programme where young people are trained in enterprise and other life skills.
In 2014 tree-planting developed as an important activity with OPTIONS and Treedom projects, but since the completion of these two projects we have continued tree planting. Our preference has been to help convert local farms into agroforestry units. This has been on indivual farms and at our demonstration plot. African farmers are increasingly aware of the importance of planting trees to absorb carbon and help address climate change.
5. CLIMATE CHANGE
SGG is looking for donors who wish to reduce their carbon footprint. There are many ways in which this can be done but our strategy is to promote topical tree planting. In the initial phase we plan to plant 10,000 trees for carbon capture.
6. ROTARY TREE PLANTING
Planting on Kilimanjaro and in West Kenya established the advantages of agroforestry for small scale farmers where trees can provide fruits for improving nutrition, fuel wood, fodder, shade and a supplementary income while maintaining good soil conditions on the farm.
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7. INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY for PESTICIDAL PLANTS
At the end of the OPTIONs project in 2017 it was agreed to establish an International Society for Pesticidal Plants [ISPP]. The OPTIONs team were aware that an estimated 200,000 people die each year from synthetic pesticide poisoning. It is also estimated that 30-35% of crop production in Africa South of the Sahara is lost because of pest damage before or after harvesting. Thus better pest control using natural pesticides is an obvious strategy for poverty and hunger alleviation in Africa