Community hand-washing improves hygiene!

Community hand-washing improves hygiene! So, encouraging hand-washing in the community became an immediate focus to achieve higher standards of hygiene for all partners in the community. This required sharing the concept of TipTaps with as many families as possible. They are made by individuals to enable hand-washing without touching a tap or bar of soap. Using a foot pedal avoids hand contact with bacteria and viruses that can live for some time.

A UK visit to Mukinyai was planned from 13-27th March. Due to quarantine rules for incoming flights from areas affected by Covid-19 introduced on 12/13th, the visit was postponed.

The two weeks since have changed life dramatically in the UK and Kenya. Thanks to technology we have been able to communicate well with each other across the 6580 miles that separates us.

Mukinyai Primary school, along with all schools in Kenya, closed quickly. Even so, continuing to pay Feeding Futures staff in Kenya during the challenging time was an important decision.

A trial Tip-Tap demonstrated by the Chair

A TipTap to wash hands safely.

Apart from a TipTap to wash hands safely another priority is the health and safety of Feeding Futures workers in Kenya. In line with Kenyan health ministry advice, social distancing was introduced. Wherever possible travel was restricted and staff advised to work from home. The staff continue to communicate with the community and provide telephone advice. Thus support for conservation farming methods are maintained during the pandemic to ensure there is a food supply later in the year and hand hygiene maintained.

Care for Creation

Care for Creation is a Kenyan station accredited by Foundations for Farming. A planned visit took place without the UK visitors. But, it was really helpful for Joseph, Naomi and Sam. They learned a lot and have provided excellent feedback about actions that will help the ongoing development of conservation farming. There is nothing like freshly picked food. So producing vegetables close to the home is helpful for maintaining the freshness of “todays” meal. Creating vegetable bags or keyhole gardens is one example seen here. And these are to be encouraged because many homesteads have to travel to their land in the forest for food.

Creating vegetable bags

More study

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there is time for more study, staff are researching information about community development and school feeding programmes. This will assist as plans are made to explore the development of new partnerships for the future.

Meanwhile, whilst the school kitchen is closed, the cooks have been redeployed to care for the demonstration plot at the school. 

Potato crop on the demonstration plot

Cooks working on the school demonstration plot and a good crop of potatoes coming soon!