Help to establish tree nurseries for bamboo and mondia plants in Kakamega forest, Kenya



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    i am boniface. i was born and brought up within kakamega forest ecosystem, which is the only equatorial rain forest remaining in kenya-East Africa. The forest was once a one continuous stretch from Congo along the equator but now receding to the east due to human activities (with huge bias towards tree felling) and settlement.

    last october 2016 i received a grant of USD 1,000 from US based The pollination project towards education especially to the freed convicts of illegal harvesters of kakamega forest resource from the forest adjacent community - especially Mondia wytei locally referred to as "Mukombela". The Mukombela is a climber plant only endemic to kakamega forest in the wild hence on the brink of extinction. The plant has been researched upon and found to be a great antioxidant hence blood thinning with vast essential mineral deposits.The roots of this earstwhile plant are chewed in its raw form by the locals to get its mouth refreshing breath that is absolutely recommended locally to convalescents and infants as an appetizer...

    in 2015, my wife Laura Musimbi also received USD 1,000 from the same Pollination project towards planting of Bamboo plant. This was after she observed the erosion-mitigating effect by bamboo on an elbow of one of the major rivers emmanating from the kakamega forest, River isiukhu. The bamboo on this elbow was planted by the Finns in mid 1980s when they worked on underground water prospects in western kenya. in her documents, she plans to propagate bamboo and have local village polytechnics eventually adopt a curriculum to have the entire carpentry trainnings done on bamboo replacing the traditional wood timber from trees that take years to mature and are hereby under a threat to get extinct due to poaching or illegal harvesting from the kakamega forest.

    on my part, i plan to also do a nursery of Mondia wytei - mukombela - and have the same domesticated on private properties of farmers within the forest adjacent community on an on-farm agroforestry arrangement. since Mondia wytei is a climber, it shall inevitably require a host plant for support. here, i recommend such potential farmers to plant fast maturing trees such as caliandra and or sesbania sesban which can also be harvested later on for wood fuel - this shall ultimately reduce the current pressure on the shrinking forest of kakamega. our family property sits on a 2-acre plot with about 10% of it reserved for residential; it is supplied with electricity with a functional & protected shallow well that has served my family since year 2002.

    The rest of the farm is free for kitchen gardening and tree nursery establishment. due to the ongoing effects of climate change hence un predictable rains, my household plans to move away from rain-fed eco-conservation projects to brain-fed activities instead. our farm also borders a moderately equipped village polytechnic which greatly requires skilled expertese as trainers / instructors who can volunteer their skills in the areas of wood work or Nutrition since Craftsmen are needed on every farm, for construction and maintenance work. In addition, many families would like to send children to a youth polytechnic to learn a marketable skill hence here is a great opportunity to grab one to help!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They shall live with an African family and learn for free how life is from this part of the world; free guided walks within western kenya region viewing the varied flora and fauna that is free for public access!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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    We seek to get help towards building of capacity of the freed and rehabilitated convicts of illegal forest harvesters plus the larger Forest Adjacent Community; Establish tree nurseries for bamboo and mondia plants; teaching at local village polytechnic skills on how to work with Bamboo for furniture & nutrition for future value addition on domesticated and harvested Mondia plant

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

  • Accommodation


    1 single bed per person, including linens; Tin-roofed single bed-room house; steel door; free area to pitch sleeping tents if available; an option also available for a brick-walled house, some self contained house or with external restrooms

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    They shall live with an African family and learn for free during their free hours how life is from this part of the world; free guided walks within western kenya region viewing the varied flora and fauna that is free for public access! participate in badminton or the newly introduced chess games at the village polytechnic...

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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