Breaking dependency at Mukinyai, Kenya or indeed many other rural villages across the world, is a challenge if the population is poor. Poverty becomes the accepted status quo. There are few choices to escape poverty. The reliance on others to help is understandable.
Feeding Futures decided early on, that working in partnership with the community of Mukinyai, Kenya to break a dependency from external help was the only real solution to lifting individuals and communities out of poverty. Donations can meet a short term need but if those donations dry up, the people return to the same position. Building on learning and valuing individuals demonstrates ‘a can do’ culture. Donations to support that work are an effective way of travelling towards a self-sufficient community.
In 2018 we built a kitchen and store to facilitate providing cooked breakfasts and dinners to the children of Mukinyai Primary School. Trainers were appointed to promote Conservation Agriculture and develop comparative plots to demonstrate the difference between Conservation and Conventional farming methods.
After a 9 month period of Covid-19 restrictions within the community, partners came together at a ‘Review of Progress’. Mary the head teacher hosted the meeting of 24 people at Mukinyai Primary School. The Feeding Futures team, parents, community and farmer representatives were joined by members of the school Board of Management, the clergy and special guest Mr. Sylvester Angoye, Molo sub-county Director of Education.
Presentations were made and group discussions took place on the following points: –
- What has worked best?
- What needs improvement by whom and when?
- Expectations within the next six months?
An action plan was formulated and circulated to all involved.