As we approach the end of the year 2018,between 2017/2018,we have been able to build 4 more public primary schools which have admitted a total of around 1,400 in the year 2018. This bring to a total of 12 public schools we have built upto date. The school intake in these 4 schools was a bit overwhelming as compared to our estimates in number of students to be admitted. Currently, we expect the number of students to go up in the year 2019 as per the students admission waiting lists. The additional 4 schools are San marco,Amani Asanyo,Ndatho and Samarek Public Primary schools in Nakuru County.
As Agri-Business continue to expand,VICDA has entered into partnership with East Africa Breweries Ltd. EABL has contracted VICDA to work with the farmers in growing of Sorghum to meet its market demand. The first production of sorghum started this year and the farmers got good yields during the harvest. A good number of farmers ventured in this new agricultural model in Nakuru County where the produce has a ready local market.
After distribution of phase ll farm inputs ,the soybeans production gave high yields despite the prolonged drought in the country. Having soybeans as one of the drought resist crop,the soybeans was not affected by the prolonged dry season which destroyed most of the crops in other neighbouring farms. The crop is also resistant to army worms which is currently a big headache to the local farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya. All the soybeans produce from our farmers have already been delivered to our local buyer as per the contract agreement.
Agri-business in the rural area has become one of the key vehicle for economic empowerment in the rural areas in Kenya. VICDA has been able to provide soybeans seeds/fertiliser to the rural farmers in Nakuru county with the full support of her donor funding from KIDS INITIATIVES,Canada. This year the organisation has been able to undertake soybeans seeds/fertiliser distributions for phases I and II. The organisation is now preparing to undertake Phase III of its distribution to reach the 700 households targeted this year 2017, per Acreage per household.
Last Friday 23rd September,2016, all the students at Bright Hope Secondary School in Lemolo Community Rongai Constituency in Nakuru County,Kenya benefited from CDF Bursary Fund which has been offered by the area Member of Parliament Honourable Raymond Moi. The cheque was presented during donors,school officials and Lemolo community meeting.
Rural Agricultural Economic Empowerment Program has tremendously changed the lives of many rural families who solely depend on agricultural farming. VICDA through Lomas Marketing Cooperative Society is increasingly reaching more rural farmers where the soybeans produce has a ready available market and all the farmers produce will be delivered to the factory next week. From next week,the farmers will be preparing their land for the end of year season,ready to plant sunflower which is expected to be ready for harvest by end of coming December.
As VICDA keeps on empowering small scale farmers in the rural areas,this time around the farmers are growing soya beans versus sunflower as a crop rotation to maintain soil nutrients. Soya beans is another type of cash crop whose demand is very high with a low supply in the Kenya local manufacturing market. The crop takes 3 months in Lemolo and Solai areas in Nakuru county since the weather is warmer than some other parts of Kenya. The harvesting season will be in the next 2 months. VICDA has already signed a contract with some manufacturers for a ready available market for the farmers produce under Lomas Marketing Cooperative Society Ltd. In every season, more and more farmers are joining the group.
The construction of Safina Haji High School in Subukia Constituency in Nakuru county is ongoing with the VICDA team on the ground working tirelessly to have it completed by end of July,2016; The School is also a day public High School which target the kids within the area and its environs; the education is very much affordable in term of school fees. The government charge a fee of between (kshs.4,000)US$40 – (Kshs.5,000)US$50 per child per semester. The families living in this community are peasant farmers and they are also part of the resettled IDPs who are still trying to build their lives; The construction of this school includes 8 classrooms( two streams from form 1-4),2 laboratories with a chemical storage for science subjects,office administration block,10 toilets;
Next week we move with another VICDA Construction Team to Molo to start Construction of Baraka Shalom Primary school in Sirikwa village,Molo Constituency,Nakuru County; The school should also be completed by end of July,2016; All the schools project have been funded by WTA,Canada.
The new day public Bright Hope High School in Lemolo Village,Rongai Constituency,Nakuru County. The construction of this school started February this year(2016) and it has a new in-take of 73 students who are all in Form one. The students did their K.C.P.E last year. More than half of the students comes from 2 public primary schools (Kimugul and Sinendet Primary schools in Lemolo) which have been constructed by VICDA,Kenya and fully funded by WTA Canada and the rest of the students comes from the nearby surroundings. Both Primary schools have more than 700 students from the local community; The Bright Hope High school have all classrooms from form 1 – 4, two laboratories with a chemical storage for science subjects,10 toilets(4 – for girls,4-boys ,2 for the teachers) and office administration block; education is very much affordable in term of school fees. The government charge a fee of between (kshs.4,000)US$40 – (Kshs.5,000)US$50 per child per semester.The government has already brought in TSC teachers; Currently, the VICDA team are on the ground completing the construction of the administration block which should be completed by next week;