The wonderful 7
After building various schools, from nursery to secondary schools, we asked ourselves what the boys could do after their matriculation, what were their parents busy with and what were the main activities in the area. We realized that the only possibilities were farming and breeding, hence we decided to produce food for the children of our schools. Therefore, out of donated land, we started our first project: FLORA GARDEN. We went through many difficulties: water shortage, dry and difficult land, inexperienced staff … Slowly but surely we learned a lot from this experience and with the arrival of Jackson Kanai, a skilful Maasai young man, graduated in agriculture and veterinary science, everything changed. Today we programme, we perform daily checks on animals and crops and our staff is more motivated, since parents working on our farms eventually realized that they were working not only for their salary and for their children but, thanks to their efforts, hundreds of other children could also receive more food and achieve a better quality of life.
We are proud to say that our 7 farms have become a model for many people: many farmers in the area come to learn, to have seeds and advice and Kanai regularly visits their small vegetable gardens to help them produce more and better. We also work with the local Authorities and Kilifi County sends us students to learn to put into practice what they only learn on books, i.e. modern production and distribution methods.
The Farms Francesca and Splendide are worked only by women under the supervision of Grace Mwicha, newly graduated in agriculture thanks to one of Karibuni Scholarships. Grace has just been hired by Karibuni and is setting up new cultivations of vegetables and cassava, which is used to produce ugali, the local polenta.