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;
18 out of 32 Women Groups recruited by VICDA Organization at Lemolo Community in Rongai constituency in Nakuru County has benefited from Women Enterprise Fund where each group of 10 women has been given US$1,000(Kshs.100,000). The total funds which has been released is US$18,000(Kshs.1,800,000). The Groups have been trained on how to learn their businesses and VICDA has already placed one of its staff member on the ground for continuous training support to the women as they start operating their businesses. The event was graced by Mrs. Raymond Moi(Wife to Honorable Raymond Moi,MP Rongai Constituency) and Ms Irene Wairimu of VICDA.
The remaining 14 women groups will be funded on round two funding.
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).
After completion of 1st season of sunflower economic agricultural farming distribution of sunflower seeds to 537 registered farmers,the program has expanded to an additional of more than 300 registered sunflower farmers from Shalom,Solai(Nakuru County) and Wiumiririe(Laikipia county) who have joined VICDA in its 2nd season of sunflower farming. The 2nd farming season started on 1st October,2015. This project is improving economic livelihoods of the poor rural farmers in Kenya. The sunflower produce has a very wide Kenya market where its used by local manufacturers to produce cooking oil and animal feeds. This project has been fully funded by GVN Foundation,Newzealand who have partnered with VICDA the last 9 years.