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Weather phenomena El Niño and La Niña disrupt normal weather patterns, which combined with strong seasonal rains result in demolished homes and destroyed crops during the wet season and long drought during the dry season. The impact on the life of the population, which relies heavily on agriculture, is significant. TERRA TECH is committed to improving the situation.

Training center
Heavy rains and floods wash away newly planted fields and the later lack of rain causes many plants to dry out. This results in crop failure and skyrocketing food prices. In November 2014 we have started building an agricultural training center with integrated water management in Ahero, with help of local population, our local partner Centre for International Voluntary Service (CIVS) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Our long-term goal is to strengthen the resilience of the population against the effects of weather phenomena and climate changes. This way we ensure sustainable food supplies and provide families with an opportunity to increase their income. In training centers, they are taught agricultural techniques and skills to extract seeds, possibilities of efficient irrigation and water resource management.

Emergency aid for AIDS orphans
TERRA TECH along with our local partner Centre for International Voluntary Service (CIVS) offer AIDS orphans school meals and support children in a kindergarten. Children are the ones who are particularly susceptible to the effects of severe malnutrition. Not only is the risk of dying higher, studies also show irreversible damage in their development. The formula “30 Euros = 30 days without hunger” sums up how effective a small contribution can be.

Water supply and drinking water
We have created retention basins which gives an opportunity to ensure water supply in the dry season. During rain, basins accumulate water and store it in the ground. This results in a permanent rise in the groundwater level and gives clean water to at least 5000 people for the whole year. No water is immediately drawn from surrounding ponds. Instead, a deep well was created (observing a minimum distance of 150m). The natural layers of sand present in the soil can then develop their filtering capacity, giving the population permanently clean water for extraction. Some of the basins can also be used as fish farming ponds. The fish can then be sold at markets for profit, giving them a source of income to maintain and keep the operation going.

Around 200 people had direct access to the borehole so far. There was also built a water kiosk that serves people in a 5-kilometer radius. Proceeds go to the conservation of the resource center and the connected water supply. The prices of water are set by the self-governing water committee in order to support water management financially. This enables the committee to pay for repairs, eg. pump breakdowns or if there’s a need for a new line to be installed.

Training and sustainable food supply
The resource center is split into three linked divisions – the training farm (including the greenhouse), the training center and the area of water management. The water, which connects them, is used to irrigate the training farm and the greenhouse whilst also securing the drinking water. There they grow various crops, such as tomatoes (75% of the acreage), sweet potatoes, onions, spinach and soybean miito, as well as bananas, mangoes, papayas and oranges. First, the cultivation of different crops in different rotations is tested in the fields. There is also companion planting. Tests provide data on yield, sustainability and soil conditions. This gives them immediate and long-term supply and an opportunity for optimization.

In this sense, training and improvement are the core of the training center. Over 550 members of the community have been coached in the cultivation of agricultural products. They have also attended workshops on the topics of business and financing. Additionally, trainees can buy seedlings and seeds obtained from the training farm at a discounted price. With the help of the planting material, the acquired knowledge can be applied in their own fields. Around 95% of the course participants then plant vegetables and fruits, along with fruit trees that are resistant to the drought. Students from surrounding schools also take part in the training courses and share their knowledge with families or apply it themselves. In business management courses, the participants are taught about sales strategies and benefits of small loans and long-term savings. The local bank reports a rapidly rising rate of opened accounts, indicating an increasing use by the target group.

Developing computer skills and job preparation
Many jobs outside the agricultural sector require a certain level of computer skills. In rural areas, it can be hard to obtain those due to very limited access to computers. Consequently, young people in rural Kenya are falling behind their peers in urban areas. To close those gaps in knowledge, the training center offers an educational program in computer training. In the training center there are now two rooms - a teacher’s room and a room for administration. Since spring in 2019, over 300 young people successfully completed their courses.

Other usages of the center
To cover the operating costs of the resource center, it is also rented out for private purposes or training and community activities. With this income, over 200 orphans are provided with at least two meals every day. Every visitor of the center also has the opportunity to use showers and bathrooms. Children who are taught at the center learn about hygiene, which is essential to minimize the spread of disease.

 

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TERRA TECH Förderprojekte e.V.
Sparkasse Marburg-Biedenkopf
IBAN: DE46 5335 0000 0000 0444 40
BIC: HELADEF1MAR


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- yearlong water supply

- sustainable water management

- agricultural trainings


 Your support matters!

- 1 gardening tool: 5 €

- 10 banana seedlings: 25 €

- rainwater barrel with pipes: 50 €


 

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Our partners

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Please support our work


Accounts for donation:

Sparkasse Marburg-Biedenkopf
IBAN: DE46 5335 0000 0000 0444 40
BIC: HELADEF1MAR

Volksbank Mittelhessen
IBAN: DE58 5139 0000 0016 4090 06
BIC: VBMHDE5F


or conveniently online:

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 240px-Kenya on the globe Africa centered.svg


- yearlong water supply

- sustainable water management

- agricultural trainings


 Your support matters!

- 1 gardening tool: 5 €

- 10 banana seedlings: 25 €

- rainwater barrel with pipes: 50 €


 

button-spende-english


Our partners

civs logo

logo bmz

logo dpwv allgemein

 

Please support our work


Accounts for donation:

Sparkasse Marburg-Biedenkopf
IBAN: DE46 5335 0000 0000 0444 40
BIC: HELADEF1MAR

Volksbank Mittelhessen
IBAN: DE58 5139 0000 0016 4090 06
BIC: VBMHDE5F


or conveniently online:

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