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Greetings from Oyugis Kenya,
We are couples, Raymond and Jacky, we are blessed with one baby boy called Allan Raymond who is two years and half old now. We live in Western Kenya and as a community leader our mission is to bring Organic permaculture to my region. We are a community of small farmers facing changing weather patterns, low investment and relative isolation.
The learning and connection we have experienced already by being involved in organic permaculture has been transforming and my dream now is to build on that by becoming a qualified and experienced permaculture teacher myself.
My husband Raymond left our county for the first time late last year to study permaculture design at LAIKIPIA with teachers from PRI KENYA; this was a life changing experience for him !We are already teaching and sharing the ideas in our community near Lake Victoria and our ambition is to become a better and more effective teacher.
when he came back from the PDC we managed to mobilize the community members and formed a CBO (Community Based Organization) it is run by 8 volunteers and our focus is to develop a working organic farm that not only provides organic food but aid in the education of farmers in organic practices and the importance of clean and safe drinking water source.
The importance of Organic Permaculture education in communities is measured not just in the creation of clean food but in the creation of community. People naturally gather around water and food and it is the base of all civilizations and a clear path to the future is created in the process.
When communities are provided with opportunities to work together creating food and water security it offers so much more because of the healing power that comes for feeding ourselves and our families. The practice also removes many fears of the future and of course clean water is key to all of this. The truth is that when there is clean water there is life and when that source is contaminated the project itself becomes impossible.
We know that no human being is useless thus all community members are included regardless of sex, age, race and status.
The most marginalized groups of people like the orphans, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAS) and the old are all catered for in this project.
So far with donations from friends we managed to buy a piece of land 0.25 HA, Processed our Tittle Deed, registered our project with the government, did the fencing, build our guest house, put the doors, put the inner door frames bought 6 water tanks for roof water harvesting, fixed all the gutters for the roof to harvest water when it rains, bought 3 beds for the volunteers. we have build our poultry coop that can carry 3000 birds, farm office and the store and our washrooms.
We have been working tiresomely with our volunteers both locally and internationally, planting our small food forest, planting sweet potatoes, kales, cowpeas and local vegetables. We are always updating our supporters with pictures in every step we make. We also do outreach program where we go to the villages to train groups of people on organic Farming.
Permaculture teaches how to learn from nature to build resilient systems that are more than sustainable; they regenerate degraded lands and also help build community. These are exactly the kinds of help we need in Africa now and our aim is to create a beacon of hope, inspiration and learning for our brothers and sisters in Kenya and around the world.
We are again still in the lookout of people like you to kindly help us transform our community, in return we will certainly be grateful but more importantly we will be determined to reach out to and share this experience with as many people as we can.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesGardeningDIY and building projectsBabysitting and creative playElderly CompanionshipGeneral MaintenanceCreating/ Cooking family mealsFarmstay helpHelp with Eco ProjectsHelp around the houseCharity WorkLanguage practiceHelp with Computers/ InternetTeaching
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Volunteers will help us do some work like planting, harvesting, digging in our demonstration farm. they will also help us during the training and follow ups. They will also help us reach out to the orphans and vulnerable children in the village.
Volunteers will equally interact freely with our community and learn new languages.
Volunteers will be sharing a house with us and get to know how to prepare our food if interested.
Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent
Volunteers will share a house with us, he or she will have his or her private room fixed with a bed, net, light and a chair. We will share our food together and volunteers are highly welcomed to learn how to make our local dishes. Due to high economy in our country right now in terms of high prices of food stuffs, We are kindly requesting volunteers to contribute 5 Dollars towards food.
What else ...
Volunteers will get an opportunity to visit tourist attraction sites like lake Victoria and have a ride on a boat. Volunteers will also be able to see wild animals at the game park.
The locally available transport is bicycle and motor bike. Private cars ( Taxi) can also be found on a request.
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Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
we have a bigger space for parking
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More than two
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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US$5 per day to help with food costs
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Raymond., Jacky and Allan.
Thank you very much for the water filters and the seeds, we were so excited to meet you and share more on permaculture sustainability. you are such a huge blessings and thank you again for your donations. the water filters is indeed helping us here and we still call upon you to help donate more for the many families
Thank you for this "short" experience!!
we Hope see you as soon possible in Kenya.
a big hug!!
elio and team.