Metamaya Primary is harvesting its' first crop of banana stems. The school will benefit by generating income from the sale of bananas and using the fruit to supplement their feeding program. By the end of the June each school will have 50-75 banana trees planted as part of the tree farming project.
A 40 foot container with 72,000 books is scheduled to arrive in Mombasa on 6 December. The books will be distributed to 21 libraries in Western Kenya. SCOPE, and our wonderful volunteers, have helped create more than 120 libraries at impoverished rural schools in Kenya.
30 Community Health Workers (CHWs) will be receiving 10 days of Ministry of Public Health training in December. They'll receive government certifications and will start home visits in January.
CHWs are volunteers from within their communities. SCOPE will help them start a business selling solar lamps so they are able to get some funds to help with the work they do.
Head Teacher, Theresa, led SCOPE Project Manger, Jacinta, and
me on a tour of her school. They were in the process of converting ‘idle land’
into gardens that will produce income for the schools and community self help
groups, all part of the SCOPE plan to create economically sustainable schools.After the tour I met with one of the
groups represented on the School Community Leadership Team (SCLT), Women Living
with AIDS. I learned that joining the ‘Living with AIDS’ group required c... Continue reading...
Metamaywa was one of the
first SCOPE schools and is one of four training sites for other schools and
communities. Monica, head teacher (principal), led us on a school tour. First
stop was the library. Monica explained how the books had raised the children’s
understanding of English, the language used in standardized tests. She proudly
told us that the school had been given a large trophy acknowledging Metamaywa
as the highest achieving school in the District, and credited the children’s
r... Continue reading...
Every day is a day of wonder. Today's revelation was organic farming. Each of
our four training schools sent 2-4 representatives to Wilma's three hour seminar
covering the do's, don'ts and why's of organic farming. From the moment she
started they were hooked. She spoke of the rights of farmers to reject hybrid
seeds and genetically modified seeds in favor of heritage seeds. She talked
about crop rotation, plants that enrich soil and those that don't, and insects
that were ...
I'm in my room
waiting for Wilma to arrive for a four o'clock meeting. I had a great morning
with Emily, our project manager at Gesure. The school is still locked down with
the strike, by we managed to get in. I saw the many caliandra trees (95-100)
that students had planted. Each tree has a student assigned to it for watering
(twice a day). The caliandra trees will be used for firewood and the leaves will
be part of the food we serve for the rabbits and chicken project that will soon
William's Story on the SCOPE Team Organic Farming Project
I like to smell dirt. On a planting
day, I like to scoop both hands into the earth I tend, lift up to my face, and
inhale its fragrance. Rich, fertile soil smells of the forest floor, teeming
with health and life; the beneficial microbes, bacteria, earthworms and humus.
Organically rich soil is heady, almost magical.
I’ll never be so mechanized that I
can’t smell the dirt and know what it needs. Fertile soil is everything. Every...
The rumors that I moved to Africa are mostly false. I say mostly because I've been in Kenya since the 9th of October and won't be home until 18 December. All told, I will have spent five months in Kenya this year. Crazy life. Last June I hired six slaves to work full time on getting the ball rolling faster. I say slaves because they were working for $2.33 a day, 33 cents above the poverty level, and each had either graduated or were pursuing a college degree. I answer by the name of Simon La...
The SCOPE goal of empowering change sometimes comes when you least expect it. Monica, head teacher at Metamaywa Primary, wanted money for protecting an open well that posed a danger for her students. She needed 8,000 Kenyan shillings (Ksh), about $100. SCOPE is not in the business of giving out money, rather we stress helping communities start businesses by providing start up loans, training, and continuous support. I asked Monica how much one of her beautiful eucalyptus trees would fetch if ...
So much has happened since Pat and I arrived in Kenya at the beginning of October. Foremost was the arrival last week of our container filled with 65,000 books. The school came to Rigoma, picked up their books and are now in the process of filling up the shelves in the library that they created. Pat is having a library management workshop next week for all the new volunteer librarians.
We've been meeting with head teachers and smiling as they told about the improvements that the children we...
When you're poor, certain things matter more than others. I visit school communities and we talk about needs and priorities. The conversation centers around water, food for the family and the need for money. They need money for school. Everyone wants their children to have a better life and believe education is the answer. School is 'free' in Kenya unless you consider the cost of shoes, uniforms, school supplies, school fees, sanitary towels and the expectation that you will contribute to sch...