Programs » Nakuru Peace Farm
|The land in and around Nakuru is known for being very fertile. We are dedicating most of our 14 acres to a farm and vegetable garden. This season, in addition to our staple foods of maize and beans, we have planted sweet potatoes, potatoes (known as the "Irish" variety here), cabbage, tomatoes, onions and runner beans. Our harvest will be used to enhance the nutrition of our children, while also reducing our exposure to the fluctuating food prices of the Kenyan market. This fluctuation is caused by the uncertainty of harvest and the long periods of drought.|
|Any excess from our vegetable garden, we will contribute to our famine feed and survival program. This is not only an important economic step, but helps maintain integration between the children that live with us at the center and their Pokot tribesman.|
|Our farm also includes a small herd of cows, which we use mainly to provide milk for our children here at the center.|
We currently only have two goats, but we hope to expand this to not only provide for the needs of the center, but to assist in our survival program. (The right two goats can result in many more!)
We also have 5 broody hens and one rather proud rooster. We have recently constructed a new hen house for the broody hens, which will encourage the hens to lay, enabling us to supplement the children's diet with eggs.
When an animal becomes too old to milk, it is killed and eaten for meat. This is always an exciting day at the center with everyone involved in preparing the meal. The hide of the animal is sold, bringing in money needed to support the cattle such as tick spray and dairy meal.
The farm initiative is also a very important part of the children's education - teaching them values and skills, which they need to maintain their Pokot identity and to prevent a sense of rootlessness as "Pokots living in the town".
By donating to our Peace Farm Project means you are contributing on many different levels: Feeding children here at our home, feeding entire communities in East Pokot, helping the center to become self-sufficient and educating the children. You can be sure that your donation is going towards a project that is one of the central pillars to the success of our foundation.
Please help us to become self-sustainable by making a general donation to our peace farm or by donating livestock to our farm.If donating livestock, please make sure to "Add Special Instructions" to your donation at check-out, so that we we know that the animal you purchased is intended to be for our farm.
With your donation, you will receive photos of our peace farm (for donations made to our peace farm) or, a certificate with the photo of the animal purchased (for donations of livestock).