After doing a model of urban Permaculture garden (container, vertical and raised bed project). we realized that we had achieved much interns of our yield and methods used in the production which is organic method based on Permaculture ethics and principles. Despite all the positive results and success like harvesting fresh vegetables right from our door step and saving money, We also came to be familiar with different challenges that we faced during that half a year project piloting process .We are up to making so much improvements on our next faces and of course we are lucky that one of us went to a permaculture design course learned so much and already know how to tackle most of the challenges hence we are ready to even enroll the project to the community.
We clearly know that everyone is exposed to the grim realities of coronavirus pandemic and the complex effects of the crisis is having on people and especially those living below poverty line .As project members we decide to take a to visit some few houses of the people we identified in the slum areas in Kisumu and revealed an unfortunate commonality- most of this families explained the consistent lack of access to basic human needs such as food, water, clothing and transportation to their various places of work while some even didn’t have jobs and some lost their jobs during the pandemic it .So means they just live under God’s mercy through well wishers. It’s all about this Visits that pushed us to feel like we need to take some action since that most women we interviewed opened up about their children sleeping hungry and sometimes going to school on an empty stomach.
We never gave promises to help anyone but as a project we thought of responding to the need of these children, we should do a pilot project to help empower, enable, and equip their mothers with the knowledge, skills and capital to start their own kitchen garden. This could be their way to get some little income in order to meet basic needs and grow their own food. We are Thinking of working with 30 families (households) that we will take through kitchen garden training, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
As a project we also decided to start a small scale chicken yard (poultry farming) which we believe we should have them joining to learn too. The plan is to divide them into five groups consisting of 6 women each.
The training will be taking 5weeks from 26/2/2021 whereby Each group coming for 5days a week. Each house hold will receive varieties of indigenous vegetable seeds at the end of the training and all the three groups will receive 3 hens and 1 cock and simple chicken house.
Monitoring will be done by participants and their respective members of Tunaweza Permaculture Then Monthly progress reports will be sent to Mr. Steven Odhiambo. At the end of the 4-month pilot project period, Mr. Steven Odhiambo will return to Tunaweza Permaculture project to review the progress of the project and determine whether or not to continue to enroll more people.