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