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.
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.
Concerning the irrigation farming project for sustainable school feeding program for Lemolo A and B Schools,so far the project has been very successful. The above photo show the current state of the 3 acres irrigation farming project. Very thankful to our donors K.I.D.S Initiatives and Rotary club from Winnipeg Canada.
After distribution of sunflower seeds on the month of October,2015 for agricultural economic empowerment season two,the families in Nakuru and Laikipia counties will be harvesting the sunflower produce in the next two weeks. This project has done exceptionally well and the number of farmers has increased immensely where VICDA has expanded an arm to Lomas Cooperative Marketing Society where all the sunflower farmers are registering as members to enable good coordination of the managing and learning of the project. As we get ready to the Season three sunflower farming,the number of farmers is growing at a very high rate in different parts of the country. Season three start on 1st March,2016. This project has been fully funded by GVN Foundation for both Season one and two.
To be efficient with our services of meeting the needs of the community VICDA serve,VICDA has formed a team under Lomas Cooperative Marketing Society who will be guiding and advising all the farmers in VICDA program on the sunflower project where our next seed rotation will be soya beans as requested by our partners(buyers).
The implementation of irrigation farming for both Kimugul and Sundet Primary schools in Lemolo Community sustainable feeding program has been completed and the corns,beans,cabbage and onion seeds have already been planted. Throughout the years,Lemolo area is hardly hit by drought and hunger which keeps the children away from schools. The project will serve around 800 schools children. This project has been fully funded by Kids Initiatives,Canada.