Farming Sparks New Ideas

Shambani Village, Kenya

Three Hundred Trees and Counting!

There has been very good progress in Shambani Village in terms of food production, increased confidence among school dropouts, and preventive wellness measures.

The GHNI team recently offered the community bean seeds to promote food production. Utilizing the rainy season as well as water from the dam, increased production will change the community’s lifestyle to one of agriculture rather than destroying nature by cutting down trees to burn charcoal.

We had to teach the community about the hazards of harming nature and how it fights back. It was a wake-up call for the community at large to heal the wounds caused by destroying the nature around them.

Following the training, we planted paw paw, mango, orangem and banana trees and each person was assigned responsibility for growing them. This was a tangible way each family could change their environment for the better. So far we have supplied over 300 nursery trees for the families in Shambani!

Teaching by Example

The Shambani Village food production committee is turning the village green! They are trying their best to change the community’s income-producing culture from earning a living by cutting charcoal to agriculture. The Transformational Community Development (TCD) Income Generation Committee explained to the community the advantages of responding positively to nature and why they should embrace a new lifestyle with better living standards.

Lukas is one active committee member who participates a lot by showing an example of how he supports his family. Through food production, he demonstrates ways of reducing plant infections without using chemicals in order to gain a good harvest that costs less in production.

People in Shambani have now taken the initiative to farm their own homesteads as well as the large community farm, inclusive of cash crops like onions and tomatoes, in order to increase a harvest that will be adequate for the village at large. This will also depend on the amount of rain they get.

The Wellness Committee is also doing excellent work through equipping committee members who made home visits and taught wellness lessons during village gatherings. They have put in great effort to ensure the village a healthy living standard.

People are stopping many traditions taught by witches that have harmed their community, and modernizing their thinking! Thank you for supporting this transforming work!

Wubshet & Habiba

GHNI National Field Leaders, Kenya