RAINWATER HARVESTING & SUSTAINABLE FARMING
PROJECT STATUS: BUILD & FUNDRAISING
FUNDS RAISED TO-DATE: $10,000
TOTAL FUNDRAISING GOAL: $15,000
Huruma Children's Home is a children's orphanage located on the undulating slopes of the beautiful Ngong Hills which is about 25km from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya in East Africa. This is, unfortunately, also a relatively poor area where most people have to struggle every day to make ends meet. Poverty, poor health, HIV/AIDS and massive unemployment are the main challenges people meet. Many children are orphans or live in families that are not able to care for them.
During a recent visit to Kenya, the FMFM team learned that the children's home founder, Mama Zipporah, was gifted a plot of land in the community of Ndeiya.
FMFM worked with Mama Zipporha to create a vision for the land's future - sustainable farming. This would provide the children of Huruma with a reliable and cost-effective food source. But farming requires water. And the land is located near the Great Rift Valley - an area so dry that digging a well was not an option.
FMFM's role is to provide Mama Zipporah's team with the financial resources it needs to research, plan and develop an alternative water source: a farm pond.
Project funding covers the cost of the following:
- Excavation of the 120-square meters of farm pond (completed)
- Construction of silt trap and other masonry works (completed)
- Dam liner, ultraviolet resistance plastic (completed)
- Metallic roofing structure (fundraising)
- Shade-net roofing material (fundraising)
- Establishment of drip irrigation systems (fundraising)
- Technical support and training (ongoing)
- Provisional for survey and design (ongoing)
Additionally, FMFM volunteers from the United States traveled to the farm plot's land in 2012 and 2015. Our work there included:
- Meeting with local engineers and project partners to review project plans, finances and progress
- Hauling boulders for farm pond walls
- Installation of pond liners
- Masonry work on farm pond walls
This project affects Huruma Children's Home and the Ndeiya community in several ways.
- It will provide the community with broader possibilities for food and water and set an example of access to water in the semi-arid land.
- It will allow Mama Zipporah (the orphanage founder) to develop sustainable food systems for feeding her 160+ children.
- Over time, it can serve as a catalyst for Ndeiya’s children to have access to food, increase school attendance, and hopefully, break the poverty cycle.
- Once the water and food systems are developed, children will not have to turn to medial work to help the family survive. This will also serve as a best practice and collaboration that can be scaled throughout Kenya and other countries