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Help spreading Organic Permaculture principles in Kenya

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Greetings from Oyugis Kenya.

My name is Raymond Benson Orenda, I am married to my sweet wife Jacky and we are blessed with one baby boy called Allan Raymond who is 2 years old now.

We live in Western Kenya and as a community leader my mission is to bring Organic permaculture to my region. We are a community of small farmers facing changing weather patterns, low investment and relative isolation.

The learning and connection we have experienced already by being involved in organic permaculture has been transforming and my dream now is to build on that by becoming a qualified and experienced permaculture teacher myself.

I left my county for the first time late last year to study permaculture design at LAIKIPIA with teachers from PRI KENYA after my Agricultural College Course and this was a life changing experience for me! I am already teaching and sharing the ideas in my community near Lake Victoria and my ambition is to become a better and more effective teacher.
when I came back from the PDC I managed to mobilize the community members and formed a CBO (Community Based Organization) and Organic Food Kenya is the name of this organization it is run by 10 volunteers that is I Raymond Orenda who is the founder of the CBO, Grace Oyoko who is the secretary, Jackline Atieno who is the treasurer, David Omondi who is my vice, Pauline , Benta, Hellen, Raphael and Rose and our focus is to develop a working organic farm that not only provides organic food but aid in the education of farmers in organic practices and the importance of clean and safe drinking water source. (www.organicfoodkenya.com)

The importance of Organic Permaculture education in communities is measured not just in the creation of clean food but in the creation of community. People naturally gather around water and food and it is the base of all civilizations and a clear path to the future is created in the process.

Organic food Kenya is teaching the community members to become SMART FISHERMEN/WOMEN, fishing themselves and their families out of poverty, lack of food, minimal or no illness permanently, instead of giving them fish for a day.

Organic Food Kenya is developing a farm where sustainable agriculture and permaculture are put together and the community members are involved to participate, learn, work, see ,feel ,taste, eat and implement in their own farms under the supervision of (OFOK) in making sure the transformation is achieved.

The farm is already working and a number of groups are involved and its success lies on the fact that a human being is created with unlimited capability of creating things , first in the mind and then actualize through implementing and that is what ORGANIC FOOD KENYA (OFOK) stands for. 

When communities are provided with opportunities to work together creating food and water security it offers so much more because of the healing power that comes for feeding ourselves and our families. The practice also removes many fears of the future and of course clean water is key to all of this. The truth is that when there is clean water there is life and when that source is contaminated the project itself becomes impossible.

Organic Food Kenya knows that no human being is useless thus all community members are included regardless of sex, age, race and status.

The most marginalized groups of people like the orphans, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAS) and the old are all catered for in this project.

So far with donations from friends we managed to buy a piece of land 0.25 HA, Processed our Tittle Deed, registered our project with the government as COMMUNITY BASED Organization (CBO) , did the fencing of the land, build our guest house, put the doors, put the inner door frames bought a small water tank, put part of the gutters for the roof to harvest water when it rains, bought a one double decker bed, a matress, a net and a solar light for the guest house for the volunteers. 

 
We have been working tiresomely with our volunteers both locally and internationally, planting our small food forest, planting sweet potatoes, kales, cowpeas and capsicum that dried up due to water shortage. We are always updating our supporters/followers with pictures in every step we make.

We are still in need of financial help, more volunteers to make our farm functional. We are having set backs on water issues and we need to buy two more big tanks to store water for the farm use, we need to renovate our guest house to make it fit for our volunteers, put our compost toilet, put poultry and rabbit project to generate some income to help sustain our families and the project , training hurt, drip systems for irrigation, shade net etc. and more so we are also in the look out of welshers and friends to help drill a borehole to get clean water for the community this will impact many lives here remember over 3000 people will directly benefit from this water, Thus reduce death rates of people here dying as a result of water bone diseases.


Permaculture teaches how to learn from nature to build resilient systems that are more than sustainable; they regenerate degraded lands and also help build community. These are exactly the kinds of help we need in Africa now and our aim is to create a beacon of hope, inspiration and learning for our brothers and sisters in Kenya and around the world.

We are in the lookout of people like you to help us transform our community, in return we will certainly be grateful but more importantly we will be determined to reach out to and share this experience with as many people as we can.

You can learn more from our project website at www.organicfoodkenya.com and like our page for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/organickenyaproject/

Regards!

Raymond, Jacky and Baby Allan (OFOK FOUNDERS) and OFOK TEAM.


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