Expanding food security and crop surplus businesses requires the successful growth of our Common Interest Groups (CIGs), and related Farmer Trainers and Cooperative Farm Groups. These groups meet regularly to support the development of all agricultural and related marketing and business practices.
It is imperative that we expand the scale and reach of these programs to ensure the same agricultural and economic development proven in the immediate communities can encompass a larger area that includes 56,000 residents.
500 people are making farming a successful business. Through cooperative learning and production practices and locally focused agriculture education their lives have improved in countless ways. Successful farmers grow enough food and variety of food that they now only go to market for tea and sugar, instead of being reliant on vendors for all their food staples. Before, they did not create surplus foods from their farms. Today, using Sasa Harambee created farming models, surplus produce can be the norm and many area farmers are building on to their homes to store this proliferation of goods. With the revenues generated from the sale of that surplus, their children can now go to university (previously an insurmountable hurdle). And with an eye to the future, they are starting cooperative businesses that add to the community’s economic sustainability, self-sufficiency and general well-being.
Now owned by the Kenyan government, the clinic Sasa Harambee helped build serves 2000 patients a month. The government has built staff quarters and have begun planning the addition of a maternity ward.
The Community Health Officer, along with Sasa Harambee and health professionals around Sigomere, provided a number of Ebola awareness campaigns at the local markets.
Since 2008, Sasa Harambee has repaired 5 wells that were drilled in the 1980s. We have sunk a large borehole at the Uluthe Health Dispensary with Engineers Without Borders, and put in 14 spring protections.
Waste incinerator: Engineers Without Borders teamed with Sasa Harambee to build an incinerator for medical waste at Uluthe Health Dispensary in March 2016. It serves nine (9) health institutions. Built to WHO standards, it will reach temperatures that will melt sharps.
Over the last three years, the public health officer and her Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) worked to successfully achieve 100% coverage of latrines in every compound. In a recent cholera outbreak there were no cases in East Uholo.
In partnership with the local community, other NGOs, and the Kenyan government, Sasa Harambee focuses on the development of sustainable and meaningful infrastructure: wells and protected springs, schools, health clinics, electricity, and sanitation blocks. Emphasis is on developing a marketing infrastructure that includes accessible collection and storage sites for crops.
With the help of Friends of Africa Education, we built a secondary school that hosts an enrollment of 300 students. Additionally, we renovated and put in new classrooms at three area primary schools.