Friday, December 2, 2011
I believe the right time to combat future food insecurity and water frustrations is now. The current down pour if properly harvested and stored in shallow dams or reservoirs in most of our drought mostly affected areas, then come next year, farmers shall be in a position to utilize the same for farm irrigation as as they await for the unpredictable rains.
Think about this and drop us your opinion on the comment box below this post. Remember that your opinion will highly contribute towards the betterment of this country today for the current and the future generations in terms of food security and poverty reduction.
Friday, November 25, 2011
The exhibition plots at the site entailed groundnuts production, sunflower, bee keeping, local poultry, kales and so many farm activities that were actually in there best conditions. Both the group members and experts from various departments were there to answer questions from the eager community members who got enticed with the production techniques that they had acquired.
So far, field days have proved to be of great impact to our target groups and we would like to continue encouraging to develop the culture of furthering 'farmer-to-farmer' exchange visits with an aim of information sharing and exchange.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The graduates team, under the oath of support towards development have given us their word to be the watch dogs and the voices of the weak in our society from which they will fully utilize their acquired 21st century media mediums skills to ensure that whatever happens in their communities will remain globally exposed and documented for future reference.
Finally five video projects, under the theme 'voice of the weak', were produced the trainees and it highly reflected on how both women, children, girls and the aged have been ran over by the powerful and influential members of our society by taking their little resources through illegal ways but still walk Scots free with it in broad day light. The videos also major on the good practices that have been undertaken by the 'weak' and has so far changed the lives of the wider society.
The two partner organizations, both ALIN and Team Kenya, assured the team, after consultations, to count on their support always once they retain their unity and remained focused. Otherwise, so much was reached to that is going to take these youths to better heights. The group agreed to be meeting twice a month on the 9th and 23rd of every month to deliberate on their own agendas from where they shall decide on the IGAs too. Long live ADOBE, ALIN and Team Kenya organization.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Ndhiwa Maarifa Centre has taken a unique angle in this training by providing for youth out of school an opportunity to learn of this skills just like the rest who are lucky to have been or are still in school. Most of our youths in this programme dropped out of school at different levels due to diverse reasons ranging from lack of school fees, unwanted pregnancies, poverty and a majority of them are orphans.
It may be unfortunate that we never considered the school going team in this program. We have a strong belief that being out of school, for those who aren't in school, should not deny them an equal chance to learn a few skills just like their fellow youths. Watch out for their testimonies at the end of the training in November 2011 for more info about their lives and the new changes.
Overview of Adobe Youth Voices Programme
Launched in June 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in undeserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large. The Adobe Foundation invests nearly US$7 million per year in the Adobe Youth Voices program, primarily through training, educational resources, and grants. The program also leverages software donations and employee volunteers from Adobe Systems Incorporated.
With a focus on empowering youth, Adobe Youth Voices supports young people in and out of school and encourages the use of cutting-edge multimedia tools to communicate and share their ideas, demonstrate their potential, and take action where they live.
The Adobe Youth Voices global network currently includes more than 500 sites and a large, expanding number of grantees and organizations in 32 countries. Since its inception, Adobe Youth Voices has engaged over 27,000 youth and 1,500 educators in schools and out-of-school programs.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The team was highly glad in the realization of the existence of such a resourceful centre set up for the community to access diverse developmental information at no fee at all.
At the centre, they managed to share talks with the community members present at the centre who were so much in anticipating to learn directly from them on how far the construction has gone and also on how they could be part and parcel of the sugarcane out-growers this being the first industry and sugar company in this district.
They confirmed that the company is going to begin working as from October 2011 and the most interesting bit of it all is the new technology of production from where you can use only 400 seed canes to plant a whole acre unlike in other areas where tonnes have gone into much wastage.
The company will be here on the 21st September 2011 during the community open day and they will learn the people on how it is done. See you then.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
We are are working towards officiating the working partnership officially next week and we assure you of more updates...the photo was taken during CARD's Community Facilitator request to meet some of our youths for a brief meeting.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
For more on the award click http://www.gatesfoundation.org/atla/Pages/2011-atla-winner-alin-eastern-africa.aspx.
Watch video here: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/atla/Pages/2011-atla-award-alin-slideshow.aspx
Saturday, August 13, 2011
These pupils visit this center's free library on a daily basis and since most of our programmes are adults targeted, we felt the need of coming up with something that could finally accommodate their desires and also set them a platform for learning and sharing, sports came out so strongly.
I remember at one moment, the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan said, "Sport is a universal language that can bring people to together, no matter what their origin, background, religious beliefs or economic status," and today, i approve of this for the platform has enabled us, as a centre, with the most minimal resources to unlearn our children of the unrealistic beliefs and the acquired poor perceptions where girl child was perceived of lesser value as boy child and also on their universal rights as children.
Looking at how the two sexes correlate today at the centre after a lot of talks and counseling by guest partners who have a lot of knowledge on children, its quite amazing of their degree of accommodation.
As we celebrate this achievements, i would like to acknowledge the great support received from Team Kenya, Ndhiwa Ministry of Youth and the three community volunteers Romanus Omuto, Paul Obeto and Modestus Owuor and any other person of whom could have seen into the home coming of this.
Note: Please, you too can make a difference in the lives of these children by donating any sporting equipment that can support us support them, it can either be new or used. It all begins with you and me. Search for all the unused playing kits today in your home and you could change the life of another upcoming Kenyan who haven't had a similar opportunity. Contact us today and we shall be so glad to deliver it on your behalf.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
- Lack of motivation as no girl in that school has ever reached standard eight. Poverty, killing the morale of studying due to predictable lack of secondary school fees
Mockery by villagers who feel that girls are better off married than educated.
- Forced marriages, considering that many families depend on bridal wealth through dowry.
- Quite a number of girls stay at home during their monthly periods and hence miss out on school. Eventually, they drop out of school because they are embarrassed.
For details click http://www.teamkenya.org.uk/projects
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Having worked together for a period of more than two years now, both Team Kenya and Ndhiwa Maarifa saw the need of working as one and involving each other fully into the activities of each organization. After four hours working partnership review, we resolved that we are going to involve the Team Kenya Sponsored students in our forthcoming Adobe Youth Voices training as from mid this month, we are also going to assist them document and publicize 'Padi Bora' a locally made sanitary towel that can be reused for more than six months by washing and how much it has helped keep most girls in schools unlike before of when they had their days they had to remain home, together we are also going to conduct civic education on the demerits of the post election violence for the forth coming elections through sourcing for the violence videos and showing them to the community through projections, our vision kids shall also be privileged to access various learning and sharing platforms at Karibuni ECO cottages and come December 2011, we shall have a unique beauty pageant with various categories.
Not all that we deliberated can be mentioned here, but i would like to encourage each one of us that working with the community is not a competition as other organizations look at it, i remember one person once said that, "what brought you here won't take you there"'.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
- Most journalists, except the few who are involved with very specialised and technical fields, are interested in stories of individuals' experiences. Avoid sending lengthy, dull reports and policy documents into interesting short stories focusing on the people involved.
- When press conferences are necessary, keep them short and be very clear about the message you want to give. Do not bore journalists with long speeches about your organization.
- Press releases should be short and contain the most important information in the first paragraph. Journalists are often more likely to use a story if it is already written in the style and length of artcile appropriate to their publication.
- It is very helpful for organizations to have a dedicated staff member who can deal with the media. The person is usually known as Press Officer or Information Officer. He or she should be trained on how to communicate with the media and be able to develop useful relationship with them. If your organization cannot such a post, a senior person in the organization for carrying out the this important work.
- Although it is a good idea to take the initiative in sharing information avoid making constant demand for media attention. Do not organize unnecessary press conferences or media lunches or try to attract cheap publicity for your organization, as this may mean the media may not take you seriously.
- Never allow your organization to be pushed into a situation where you have to pay for stories about your good works to be printed or boadcast. Be carefull about any gift you may make to journalists.
- Respond as quickly and as accurately as possible to queries from media organizations. Be honest.
- in difficult situations, don't be afraid to refuse to answer a question. Try to avoid unhelpful responses such as 'No comment'. When in doubt, ask for a time to provide a better and accurate response. Be firm but polite.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
With due respect and hospitality of the Kenyan people, Ndhiwa Maarifa Centre was glad to host Mr. Bosco Okello, Awach field officer, in an experience exchange programme organized by ALIN headquarters'.
The field officer was able to learn much from the center's daily running and even moments of sharing with the advisory committee members and the community at large.
ALIN promotes information sharing of this kind to enable both the community members and visitors to learn from each others experience. We were able to learn so much of the Uganda's culture and governance with much appreciation of their modern agricultural practices and techniques. It was our pleasure having you here.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
- Homa-Bay county has a population of
- Ndhiwa Constituency has a population of 154, 421 people
- Ndhiwa constituency registered voters 53, 993 (26, 430 M & 27, 363 F)people
- Population Density of 249persons per Km2
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Mr. Onono says, “as much as we benefit from this centre’s resources, supporting it with the little we have ensures that it grows to the best levels possible”.
Thanks Mr. Ligaye.
Monday, May 16, 2011
The books we received from the Book Aid International has really given readers of all walks in the immediate society an open opportunity to quench there long awaited last for such information and knowledge.
This was a dream come true to most of the people down here, this being an area that is double stricken by both HIV/AIDS and poverty of the highest degree. The environment here is full of orphans and widows as a majority, both struggling in less faith to make their ends meet. Text books and story books are luxuries that never crossed their minds, but today the centre sets an equal platform for all where poverty is no barrier to knowledge and information.
Monday, May 9, 2011
The growth and future of this country is in your hands and remember that whatever you do today shall determine your tomorrow, otherwise, beware of HIV/AIDS as i wish you all the best in your endeavors.
Friday, April 8, 2011
This is an idea that have drawn this region tremendously back in terms of farm productions even though statistics indicate that a larger portion of this region is being used for crop production.
A fire of normal intensity of 45 C destroys all the soils nutrients and micro organisms that support the productions of this soils and that is why no matter the mass of acreage utilized for production, we still suffer of food insecurity. It would be a worthy campaign if both you and me take on this initiative of creating awareness amongst our people. This campaign requires no mass, but just a minute chat with a farmer can make a big difference. Let's meet in the field.
We have learned with time that the culture of corporate responsibility can only be achieved if both me and you can learn to appreciate and support whatever is good for our people.
I would like to take this chance to celebrate and appreciate all our friends and partners who have been with us through out this organization year as we usher in 2011. Your efforts shall be remembered forever for having made us what we are today. Thanks to Book Aid International, FORD Foundation, CTA, DFID and all our international and local donors of the year.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Theoretically, one infective mosquito bite is enough to acquire an episode of malaria. Clinical symptoms may range from mild, such as fever, abdominal pains, nausea and vomiting, to severe and life-threatening, such as anaemia, renal dis-function and cerebral malaria.
It is out of such research and experiences that Mrs. Emmy Osano took the initiative of having a talk with the youths at the Maarifa Centre on the of malaria causes and impacts to a society like this. After the short briefing, Mrs. Emmy served them with free mosquito nets for the implementation surety of her desire to have a malaria free community. Thanks a lot for her motherly care!
Child’s reading promotion is a complicated systematic project which involves a complete process from creation, publication, recommendation to marketing and procurement.
The promotion involves participation by households, kindergartens, schools, communities, libraries and book stores and is affected by the reading atmosphere at the whole society.
Public library, as an important part of child reading, plays its unique role and indispensable part in the whole process and that is why Ndhiwa Maarifa Centre is encouraging parents to allow the young ones access the free library services at this early age to give room to the reading culture in these minds.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
It covered substantial areas of the coastline, particularly in Uganda, blocking waterways, disrupting hydro-power, and decreasing the profitability of fishing.
Hyacinth also provided refugia for some species from the introduced Nile Perch. It largely disappeared from the Lake in the late 90s, perhaps, but not clearly, due to the introduction of a weevil used for biological control. It experienced a resurgence in the early 2000s.
Now following a wet year, which increased nutrient runoff into the lake in 2010, the spread of the weed has been tremendous covering the largest bit of the lake.
Currently, the lakes pollution has been worsened by the continuous rotting hyacinth that has made this water pathetic to the lakeside communities.
HomaBay residents stand out to be the most affected since they rely on the lake as the source of their daily income and for drinking water too. As per the current situation, the economic standard of this town has dropped by almost 35% as compared to 1992.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Green house production is one of the technologies that were rarely realized in Nyanza province in the past decades, but as evolution and information hits on hard on technology, green house production has taken root in the region and soon after the first harvest, farmers shall reap what they sow.
Organizations such as Seminis, Amiran Kenya and APHIA II USAID are answering East African farmers’ call for help by finding a solution to the devastating issue of climate by supporting the growing tomatoes in a greenhouse. “I strongly believe this is the way forward for enhanced food security and farmer incomes,” says Peter Francombe, Seminis Africa Lead and General Manager in East Africa who has been a major contributor in moving this project forward.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Frida is a college student in Sweden taking African studies as a course. On her visit to the Maarifa Centre, she was able to learn a lot from us especially now that she was on a research mission on the African culture and causes of the increased rate of poverty both nationally and locally.
From the 3 hour inter-ruction, i learned that being well versed with whatever goes on around your environs should be the most credible thing one can ever embrace for you never know when you will be the point of reference. God bless Africa.
Friday, February 25, 2011
An extra Sh2.87 billion has been allocated to the Fisheries ministry for additional 100 ponds for each constituency.
Millions of taxpayers money used to dig fish ponds in Nyeri County have gone down the drain because they were sub-standard.
But the Ministry of Fisheries and Development is in the second phase of another 100 fish ponds without any audit of the work previously carried out.
Water drains out of many fish ponds even as heavy rains pound the region while those with water have no fingerlings.
A number of them, especially in Nyeri Town constituency, are dry with overgrown weeds.
The ministry built 200 fish ponds in every constituency. It has now announced in the media plans to build another 100 ponds in the second phase.
The ministry has been allocated Sh2.866 billion this financial year under the Economic Recovery Poverty Alleviation and Regional Development programme for the ponds.
It will also build 300 ponds in every one of the 20 new constituencies countrywide.
The ministry’s public relations officer, Mr Patrick Odongo, acknowledges there was a shortage of fingerlings that left many ponds without fish.
“Ministry officials were misled by the committees in the constituencies in the larger Nyeri District,” Mr Odongo says.
The question is, several of this ponds have dried up all over the country and especially in Nyanza province, could this be due to the effects of climate change or sub standard ponds construction!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
During a visit to his farm, we were amazed at the extent of how his farm was encouraging in terms of production and performance.
Alongside me, were some youths and who have kept on reminding me that whatever they learned from this field, changed their opinions towards farming.
Today, Timothy's farm still stands out to be one of the leading farms in this region, he is a youth who is well educated and has been taking on farming as a business for the last 15 years since he came back from the city life.
There is a range of production going on on this farm, Mr. Obabo grows Kales, Cabbages, Tomatoes, Spinach, Paw paw, Pineapple, Bananas, Onions, he has Bees, Chicken and a fish pond just to mention a few; for sure this is a real farmer!
Even though everything might sound so wow here, Mr. Timothy too has his own challenges; in terms of finance, Mr. Obabo is focused in erecting a green house, getting a water pump generator for his daily irrigation and he believes that with this, he will be able cross this ocean of climatic change and losses. Anyone with any idea of how we can support this good course to the better is so much welcomed to contact.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Mr. Onono Ligaye is a 73 year old farmer, a member the Alin network; who saw an article on the Baobab Publication, sometimes last year, on runoff water harvesting and conservation and implemented the idea.
From last year December 2010, we have encountered a dry spell and most farmers here are still waiting for the rains. Unlike Mr. Ligaye, he has been using the water from his hand dug reservoir to irrigate his produce.
During an interiew with him, Mr. Ligaye who dwells 4KM away from the center, shared with us the benefits he has encountered since he initiated this project and in the short video, he gives us a message to pass to the rest of the farmers who still depend on rain; To watch the video click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utaepflFYZY
Monday, February 7, 2011
As a centre, our partners and the Alin organization, through publications, multimedia, field visits and through the intermediaries, we have taken the initiative of promoting an understanding of the climate change in terms of concepts, causes, risks and its implications on food security and agriculture after undertaking an expansive agricultural vulnerability assessment.
From the latest observations, it is has dawned into a reality to most farmers that new techniques of production have to be placed on board to encounter this climate alteration.
It is a relief at the rate at which most farmers have prepared their lands in time and are waiting for the first rains and to begin sowing. Can i we dub it 'ukulima pap! '
This kind of idea was not there at the beginning and most of the first rains got wasted in the name of farm preparations.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
For the month of January 28th, we had the privilege of hosting Professor Onyango Ogembo of the
Even though the professor was on his way back to
Most of us were surprised of how much we assumed that we know yet we didn’t. In attendance was the IRD-K Executive Director, Mr. Robert Osano and the governor in waiting Mr. Philip Auko.
From this short talk, I realized the importance of inviting experts frequently for open talks for they psychologically nourishes our know how as a community. A resolution from this, we shall have to invite at least 1 guest a month to share such talks with.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
For years now, indigenous mango fruit has been produced in the tropics of Nyanza province and its performance here has proved to be very credible. As nature dictates, all these trees usually fruit at the same period of the year, giving a fruity scent all over the village, it is the fruity month of December! The excess of these fruits can never be consumed by the immediate local market. We have grown to see communities here perish in an advanced poverty scale as they dwell in deep wealth. A third of these fruits from this region have rot in farms for the past centuries, yet no authority has had an eye to correct these! These efforts need to be appreciated and tapped for the growth of the entire economy.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
With the reception of the secondary and primary school text books at the center, the idea is being appreciated by every individual who comes across the information from all corners. Most of our sons and daughters here come from economically challenged families. To most of them, owning a personal text book here is a bad dream.
We are glad that most of the students can now work on their school assignments from here and even borrow the books to work from home hence presenting them on time.
Our appeal now is to source for more resources and copies of these text books to enable us begin a mobile library down into the interiors of these community.