Welcome to Feeding Futures

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day…
Teach him how to fish and you feed him for life”

In partnership with school communities, Feeding Futures provides school meals for children and teaches them and their community, yield increasing and sustainable farming methods. After working in Ngwataniro since 2010, we currently work in the rural village of Mukinyai in the Molo region of Kenya. This followed a seminar where a partnership was created with stakeholders and a meeting with members of that rural community. The people there are all farmers and mostly struggling to meet their family’s daily needs.

Testimonials from the school children

  • “We are motivated to remain in school and we have enough strength to keep us in class and do exercise in the field.” (Susan, Class 6)

  • “I have learned a big lesson from Feeding Futures that it doesn’t require one to be very rich to help a person in need.” (Susan, Class 6)

  • “This is a new dawn to our school community because never had anyone dreamt of such a huge solution to food shortage and hunger in school-going children.” (John Nderitu, Senior Teacher)

Hear from our farmers

  • Mary Wairmu: “I have learned a lot from our Feeding Futures trainer. I used to harvest 4 bags [90kg per bag] of maize but now harvest 8.5 bags in the same area. Even more important than that is due to new ways of planning and managing my shamba I now always have something that is ready to harvest and eat. Before, I would go hungry while waiting for a long time for my one crop to be ready.”

  • Stanley Tilalli: “The training has been good. I used to farm like a lay man but now I can proudly show you I am doing it professionally. I used to have land of 3 acres but could not use it as I had no seeds and lacked know-how. Now I use all 3 acres and rent even more! I had 1 cow and now have 3 cows and a donkey to help me! My advice to others: 1 – You can’t advance on your own – we need to work together and help each other; 2 – You can’t advance without being ready to learn and work hard.”

  • Ruth Wanjiku: “I used to look for labouring jobs each day with a small group of friends. At first they couldn’t understand why I was wasting my time learning but they now see a changed person in me and come to find out how I managed it. I have shown them how to change their plots and have shared my seed with them. Now, instead of them crying to me for cabbages, we have planted and will watch our cabbages grow together. I can now employ day labourers myself when there is too much for me to do. I am now a proud employer and not a labourer. I have also managed to send my children to secondary school and I have helped others – even by renting land for my friend.”

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Mukinyai Primary School Visit

March 15th, 2019|0 Comments

WE BELIEVE IN CHANGE

Climate change is a reality. Kenya has experienced extremes just as the rest of the world. Almost definite periods of rain can no longer be guaranteed. Population growth requires increased food supplies and many rural farmers are finding their crop yields reducing.

Feeding Futures is partnering with Mukinyai School Community to provide practical training opportunities to increase crop yields.

  • Climate change in Kenya is a reality – the rain can no longer be guaranteed to arrive ‘on time’ as in previous years.

  • There are no instant solutions to poverty – Time and effort are required by all of us.

  • Crop rotation, minimal tillage, mulching and composting + hard work are needed to sustain food supply

  • Partnership is the way to achieve Sustainability for Mukinyai.

In any partnership, building working relationships are essential. Mukinyai Community have repeatedly expressed their gratitude when visited by trustees from the UK with comments like “you come all this way to help us – thank you”

In this TENTH anniversary year, how will you partner with us to make the transition from reliability on handouts to independence and sustainability for rural communities.

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.

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Sustainable farming tactics

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

SUSTAINABLE FARMING TACTICS

“At the community meeting we demonstrated powerful soil and compost techniques.”

  • Minimal soil disruption

  • Mulching

  • Composting

  • Crop rotation

Conservation farm training empowers small rural farmers to diversify crops and increase yields. As the soil is improved through the use of rotation, mulching, organic fertiliser and composting, they will see year by year the benefits of crop yield increases.

Traditional methods of farming are common in rural Kenyan communities.  The need to increase food production from healthy fertile soil as the population increases and climate changes, requires behaviour changes to implement proven methods of small scale farming.

In November 2019, trustees from the UK visited the Mukinyai Primary School Community to meet with some of the parents of children at the school. Many parents and other community members have been involved in the farm training and were encouraged that their hard work in starting to use conservation agriculture was recognised. In any society, a major change in habits takes time. Feeding Futures provides school meals in the short term whilst giving training opportunities to parents and other members of the community to enable them to live sustainably in the longer term. We call this Sustainability through Partnership.

Each partner has responsibilities and these are demonstrated in the Timeline that has been agreed by the community and is displayed for all to see on the kitchen block at Mukinyai. From January 2020 parents are taking responsibility for the provision of breakfasts.

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.

VOLUNTEER
DONATE NOW

Making a difference

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

WE BELIEVE IN PARTNERSHIP

In November 2019, trustees from the UK visited the Mukinyai Primary School Community to meet with some of the parents of children at the school. Many parents and other community members have been involved in the farm training and were encouraged that their hard work in starting to use conservation agriculture was recognised. As the soil is healed through the use of rotation, mulching, organic fertiliser and composting, they will see year by year the benefits of crop yield increases.

Traditional methods of farming are common in rural Kenyan communities.  The need to increase food production from healthy fertile soil as the population increases and climate changes, requires behaviour changes to implement proven methods of small scale farming. In any society, a major change in habits takes time. Feeding Futures provides school meals in the short term whilst giving training opportunities to parents and other members of the community to enable them to live sustainably in the longer term. We call this Sustainability through Partnership.

Each partner has responsibilities and these are demonstrated in the Timeline that has been agreed by the community and is displayed for all to see on the kitchen block at Mukinyai. From January 2020 parents are taking responsibility for the provision of breakfasts.

  • Climate change in Kenya is a reality – the rain can no longer be guaranteed to arrive ‘on time’.

  • There are no instant solutions to poverty – Time and effort are required.

  • Crop rotation, minimal tillage, mulching and composting + hard work are needed to sustain food supply.

  • Partnership is the way to achieve Sustainability for Mukinyai.

In any partnership, building working relationships are essential. Mukinyai Community have repeatedly expressed their gratitude when visited by trustees from the UK with comments like “you come all this way to help us – thank you”

EVERY MOMENT COUNTS

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.

A hungry child needs food NOW! When Feeding Futures started in 2010 it eventually provided cooked school meals  to over 700 children each day. This kindness was good in that the children ate during the day. Then the community were asked ‘how could they provide the food for their children?’. They wanted to learn how to increase crop yields so they could sell some and pay for the food or use the extra yield to give to the school kitchen. Conservation farm training was started.

Some took up the opportunities and some didn’t. Before working with the next school we wanted to learn from previous experiences. The things that worked were reviewed. The challenges faced were examined to find solutions.

Partnership is the key and how this looks in our 10th anniversary year is very different to 2010.

Will you partner with us to celebrate TEN YEARS of learning and change in order for us together to lift more families into sustainable living?

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.

VOLUNTEER
DONATE NOW

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