As Thanksgiving approaches, we’ve been thinking of all the people in the world for whom we are thankful. Mostly, we’re thankful for caritas seeds donators, whose collective action to provide sustainable solutions to hunger serves as a constant blessing for countless families in Kenya! Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts, and we wish for you a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Kenyan children help carry seedlings ready to be planted.

Update from the field: OTEPIC – Organic Technology Extension and Promotion of Initiative Centre

OTEPIC is a registered community-based organization that works with poor farmers, especially women, in the Western North Rift of Kenya. Through grass roots development work, we improve food security and soil fertility and empower communities. Educating women effectively improves the standard of living for the whole community.

We are educating people in the North Rift of Kenya about biointensive farming to enable them to have a secure source of food and create sustainable occupations. A major study by the United Nations presented in 2008 says that organic farming offers Africa the best chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition it has been locked in for decades. We are working to make that possibility a reality in the North Rift. (Photo: Phillip)

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An update from the field: Grow Biointensive Agricultural Center of Kenya (G-BIACK)

caritas seeds: biointensive farming training

Reaching Out To Women Farmers in Kenya: Agriculture is the back bone of Kenya’s economy where 90% of the population are farmers. You may be surprised to learn that 70% of Kenya’s farmers are women. Women are left to perform most duties at home while men move into cities and towns to look for jobs and employment. They also have so many widows with HIV/AIDS who must manage to take care of themselves and their families alone.

G-BIACK’s primary purpose is to promote sustainable biointensive methods of farming. In the past month, G-BIACK has carried out massive trainings and follow-ups in order to prepare farmers for the next planting season. Our aim is to see a joyful day when no woman suffers from the lack of food to feed her family.

So far in 2010, G-BIACK has trained 743 women in biointensive farming methods and other initiatives to sustain themselves and their families. G-BIACK offers special trainings on kitchen gardening, nutrition and income generating activities like tailoring, crafts, and small business management.

Be one of the first supporters of long-term solutions for the women in Kenya by donating.

G-BIACK Center in Kenya

G-BIACK helps homeless, orphaned and abandoned children by teaching them sustainable organic farming methods.  Many impoverished girls and boys go to cities to seek employment. All too often they become lost and end up selling their bodies, which puts them at risk for HIV and AIDS. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel & Peris Nderitu, Directors of G-BIACK are dedicated in giving these children hope. They have designed a six-month program for the children. The program started with 12 children and has quickly increased to 24 children. And the number will continue to grow.  The youngest girl is 13 years old, most with one or more children of their own. G-BIACK rescues, trains and helps these children become self-reliant. Once trained on how to grow food sustainably, they go back to their original communities with the skills of self-sufficiency. They can also teach their family, friends and neighbors what they have learned. This will transform the community and help it thrive.

Indigenous Food Production

Our partner in the field, G-BIACK, the Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya, demonstrates, trains and promotes sustainable organic farming methods among small-scale farm holders in Central, Eastern, and Nairobi Provinces in Kenya. Eradicating poverty and improving the living standards of communities by promoting sustainable livelihoods is the center’s aim. The center sits on one acre of land in Thika, Kenya. It is designed as a model farm for small-scale farmers. It has over 160 double-dug beds, all planted with different types of organically grown crops. Soil fertility is continuously improved through the use of compost from the center’s gardens. The staff trains small-scale farmers on sustainable ways and methods of increased food production.