Let’s Create a Food Forest in North Kenya!
Sadhana Forest Kenya is fundraising in order to create long-term food security with thousands of Samburu families. These families suffer from severe malnutrition and related illnesses.
By setting up a large tree nursery with indigenous, food bearing trees, and training the local community in tree planting and water conservation, they will be able to lead a healthy, self-sustaining life, which we all deserve.
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The area of Maralal in the Samburu district has a very high rate of malnutrition and most of the local population depends on foreign food aid for their sustenance.
The Samburu tribe, which inhabits the area, are now in the transition from pastoralism to agriculture. This transition is very challenging. This is because the land the Samburu live on is not arable land, and the Samburu lack agricultural skills.
Some of the most pressing issues in the villages around Maralal are these health problems: infant malnutrition, pre-term labor, and high mother/infant mortality due to unmet nutritional needs.
Sadhana Forest plans to utilize its vast experience in creating indigenous food forests in India and Haiti in order to join the Samburu in their effort to live a healthy and self-sustaining life on their land.
We identified a 30 acre piece of land near the town of Kisima, south of Maralal and already raised the money to buy it.
This campaign will help us to build the tree nursery, drill a bore well and construct the infrastructure for a training center.
Once the tree nursery and the training center are built, we will start producing seedlings at a rate of 100,000 per year, and training members of the local community in basic water conservation and tree planting techniques.
Those trained will receive free seedlings that they can plant in their kitchen gardens.
Emphasis will be given to those trees that provide highly nutritious food. We already identified more than 30 species of trees, shrubs and grasses that can grow in our area and can provide nutritious, diverse and tasty food.
The recent success of our project in Haiti makes us confident that, together with the Samburu people, we will be able to create a strong, positive impact in the Maralal area.
The project in Kenya will have a large volunteer team, headed by an experienced volunteer project director.
Sadhana Forest is run by volunteers and therefore we will have a large, motivated team that does not incur any cost. We will pay salaries only to three local people who will be employed full-time.
If you would like to have a look at our detailed budget for the infrastructure and the first two years of running costs, please visit the link below:
Sadhana Forest was started in December 2003 with 70 acres of degraded land. It is an indigenous reforestation and water conservation project that sees hundreds of volunteers annually.
Sadhana Forest is run completely on donations and by volunteers. One of the main focuses of Sadhana Forest India is the planting of Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF) trees indigenous to the area. It is an ecosystem that is unique to Southern India and Sri Lanka and is currently close to extinction as only 0.01% of this TDEF currently exists. Environmental education is strongly promoted and focused on including ecological revival and sustainable living practices such as solar generated energy, alternative local, natural construction, biodegradable toiletries, and composting toilets. Weekly, we invite children from nearby Tamil villages to the forest and to Children’s Land. Children’s Land consists of 2.7 acres of land dedicated to children, their education, their creative development, and the introduction of ecological preservation to the future generations of India.
In 2010 Sadhana Forest won third place for the international Humanitarian Water and Food Award.
In the same year Sadhana Forest Haiti was established, a daughter community of Sadhana Forest India that shares the same values, and is committed to creating long-term food security.
We thank you for supporting our cause!
“May there be more forests, to grow people”