The Problem/ need statement
For the Maasai people cattle are what make the good life, and milk and meat are the foods. Their old ideal was to live by their cattle alone- other foods they could get by example-but today they also need to grow crops but don’t know how because they haven’t done before. Farm education
They move their herds from one place to another, so that the grass has a chance to grow again; traditionally, this is made possible by a communal land tenure system in which everyone in an area share access to water and pasture. Nowadays Maasai have increasingly been forced to settle, and many take jobs in towns leaving their families behind or they sell their land because they don’t know how to grow food. The new land management as well as outside wealthy individuals, have substantially increased their wealth at the expense of others.
The largest loss of land, however, has been to national parks and reserves, in which the Maasai people are restricted from accessing critical water sources, pasture, and salt lick. Subdivision of Maasai-land reduced land size for cattle herding, reduced the number of cows per household, and reduced food production. As a result, the Maasai society, which once was a proud and self-sufficient society, is now facing many social-economic and political challenges. The level of poverty among Maasai people is beyond conceivable height. It is sad to see society that had a long tradition of pride being a beggar for relief food because of imposed foreign concepts of development.
The concept or private ownership was, until recently, a foreign concept to the Maasai. However, in the 1960s and 1980s, a program of commercializing livestock and land was forced on us initially by the British and later by the government of Kenya. Since then, our land has been subdivided into group and individual ranches. In other parts of Maasailand people subdivided their individual ranches into small pots, which are sold to private developers.
The solution- Eluanta Community Farm/ Garden
We focus on “creating change, not charity” by investing on social change through funding education, community organizing and nurturing leadership at the grassroots level. And our mission seeks to change lives and systems by creating sustainable relationships to land a local community. Opened in February 2014 in Eluanata we started the first community farm! Led and managed by dedicated volunteer villagers, the farm grows organic food efficacy to distribute to the local villages and support a lunch program at Eluanata elementary school. Bringing new initiatives to create food for the Maasai is a sustainable, working farm that provides faith-rooted, land-based and farm-to-school experiential learning opportunities for school-aged children, youth, young adults and community. We create greater access to sustainably grown foods for the benefit of all Eluanata village, produced from consciousness of ecological, social and Spiritual wellbeing.
The farm includes a small, open classroom area and we hope to install a demonstration kitchen for plant based cooking classes. We welcome volunteers at their farm every Wednesday and Saturday between 9:00am and 10:00 am. Our farm produces a diverse yield of crops, grown using sustainable, organic principles, which we provide to our one and only local school, sell as a part of our village supported agriculture program and donate to the local community through drought times.
While growing a variety or organic vegetables for our village support agriculture VSA program and farm-to-school vegetable sales, we’ve also been growing a thriving farm education program. Over 50 students, preschoolers, elementary classes’ women, and men have visited the farm for hands-on learning experiences that engage their bodies, senses, and minds while exploring the farm eco-system. Students root themselves in land and work in the earth, harvest seasonal vegetables, prepare and eat the “fruits” of their labor together on the farm, simple carrot snack to the whole farm-based shares student dinners in the backyard of the farmhouse! We provide a space for women transformation, experiences and memories that change the way they see and relate to land, food production, and their own food choices.
Life changing animals
Giving an animal or teaching them how to care for one is like giving someone’s a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs, and more. Animals provide these families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food, and a sustainable livelihood.
Our mission of kindness is to offer innovative, Village support agriculture farm based programs for our primary school, our clinic, and school-aged children women in our village to promote healthy eating, good nutrition and a greater connection to our diverse agricultural community.
The goal of every Kindness agricultural project is to help farm families achieve self-reliance. We provide the training and livestock they need to build integrated farms. This means planting food for the family and fodder for the farm animals; keeping a sustainable operation by using the resources such as animal fertilizer and biogas stoves; and caring for the Earth by improving the soil and environment. A gift of a cow to Maasai family can help life a family out of a life of hunger and poverty. With the training provided by Kindness of people, families who previously did not have enough to eat will have a steady supply of food , and even be able to sell the surpluses, And with that income, they will finally be able to send their children to school afford medicine and have a chance at a secure future.
Sustainability of the farm/garden
We believe that caring for the Earth is a vital to ending hunger and poverty, whether it’s through reforest oration, organic gardening or adoption of fuels that reduce the ill effects to the environment. Help families care for their environment by caring for their health.
The main mission of this community garden is educating the community in sustainable, organic gardening techniques. We hope to install a storm water irrigation system on the site. We envision this and if you would like to partner with us click here.[ Link to donate button]