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The Institute Today

bio3_crGood News from the Institute for Organic Farming: It is there and thriving. Since five years it has been self sustaining – without any funding other than tuition and fees for the education the institute provides. It has moved to a place 30 kilometres north of Nairobi.  Students of the agricultural faculty of Jomo Kenyatta  University of Technology can add a degree in Organic Farming to their academic awards.

Kenyan Institute for Organic Farming (year 2000 text)

Bio-farmers on the school bench

3 wooden poles joined together form the letter A. From its apex a stone hangs down on a ribbon as a plumb. Farmers in the Kenyan uplands use this so-called “A-frame” to identify the landscape’s contour lines. Along these lines ditches are dug in which the water collects when it rains. Planted with banana trees and Napier grass the ditch gardens yield a good crop,also providing the necessary animal feed. Continue reading Kenyan Institute for Organic Farming (year 2000 text)

Community Health Workers 2015

Angelina on the road
Angelina, community health worker in Kitui county, on the road.

20,000 community health workers were financed by the German government for about ten years, but the program was terminated in 2006. At the German Agency for International Cooperation in Nairobi, no evaluation or final report can be found. The concept was probably outdated at some time I am told. Kenyans do know about contraception by now. In Kenya the Germans now promote a voucher program for contraception and maternal care, and against HIV. The subsidized voucher entitles the poor to treatment at a certified clinic of their choice. They call it “output based approach.”
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Maasai issues today

The school building built by OSILIGI
The school building built by OSILIGI

The Maasai organization OSILIGI has been dissolved by the Kenyan administration after activists had demonstrated on one of the big farms in the area in 2003. The fight for land rights has been lost (so far). But one of the schools OSILIGI built is still there – and highly valued by the tribesmen and women.  Continue reading Maasai issues today

Streetwise today: How the former street children helped themselves

Ishmael in the streetwis shop
Ishmael in the streetwis shop

If the Lake Victoria Program is the largest – with a  budget of around 130 million Dollars in its second phase – “Streetwise” is probably the smallest among the Expo 2000 projects. A project that costs nothing to any outsiderbut earns some thousand Dollars per year for a group of youth and young adults. Continue reading Streetwise today: How the former street children helped themselves

Streetwise (year 2000 text)


Vocational and life training school for street children in Nairobi

“On the street you constantly have trouble, with the police, with other boys. You have to beg, steal, run away, fight. But at Streetwise you’re secure. Here you are happy.”Carefully14-year-oldlames places a freshly painted clay pot on the ground as he talks. The young Kenyan used to be one of Nairobi’s approximately 60,000 street children. Before he came to Streetwise: a few workrooms, a classroom, washroom and toilets. Continue reading Streetwise (year 2000 text)