Fruit Trees for Humanist Orphan Centre Kenya

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Humanist Orphans Efforts to Fight Climate Change in Kenya by Planting Fruit Trees

by George Ongere

Introduction

Climate change is a serious issue in Kenya that affects many families. The recent reports in the local dailies has warned many Kenyans on the risk they face in the future if they do not take actions that can help them tackle climate change. The key areas that are affected by climate change include agriculture, water resources, ecosystem and health. Kenya has seen severe droughts, flood and storm occurrences. In latest decades, droughts have grown in frequency and magnitude and have now affected regions which have not traditionally been affected. Six domestic drought disasters have been reported in Kenya since 1993. The forecasts show an increase in droughts frequency and length and a higher annual drop in rainfall occurrences. With the various communities that depend on subsistence farming for survival, these recent climate changes with harsh weather conditions has led to many families unable to fed and feedtheir children with many school dropout since parents who used to depend on farming cannot pay school fees.

Humanist all over the world are concerned about global warming, and a good example is the paper that was presented in a humanist meetingthat called on humanists to take action. Due to such predicaments, the Humanist Orphans Kenyais mobilizing schools, humanists, and other organization to plant about 400 fruit trees. Our belief is that because our humanist values requires that we help improve the earth to help the future generation, we must put efforts to combat climate change that has led to prolonged droughts in the village where we operate. Planting trees is one of the ways that humanist can help fight climate change. When trees grow, they attract rain, they remove carbon dioxide from air and store them and in turn release oxygen into the atmosphere. Moreover, they provide fruits that can help sustain some of the projects like taking care of the humanist orphans. They also give shade. 

It is our belief that we can easily engage the community in the tree planting session, and as they plant trees, we teach them the ideals of science, reason, and humanist values.

Humanist Orphans Efforts to Fight Climate Change in Kenya by Planting Fruit Trees

Humanist Orphans Kenya, through the support of Center for Inquiry and Brighter Brains Institute, has engaged in many projects that helps vulnerable orphans and albinos in Kenya. The main aim for engaging in these activities is to promote the humanist symbol and message of applying human knowledge, experience, and reason to solve the problems that arise in the society rather than relying on superstition and blind faith. Most people in Kenya have this belief that God will help them sort out their problem and thus they ignore the human potential for solutions.

Humanism as a life stance requires that we use human experience, human reasoning, human potential, and rational thinking to solve some of the problems that face our current society rather than relying on superstition and blind faith where some religious fanatics still cheat people that a supernatural being will solve these problems. By doing some of the activities that can help the future generations and the current society we live in, humanists get the chance to educate people to understand the humanist message. Thus, the Humanist Orphans is organizing tree planting event with two university institution, three humanist organization, five schools, and community members in an effort to fight climate change. 

Already, the group has secured land that is to be turned into a thriving fruit farm that can hold more than 500 fruit trees. The strategy is to plant tree fruits that will grow very quickly and be able to feed orphans and vulnerable people in the community. Moreover, the project will generate income to sustain some of the activities of the group where we will continue to sponsor vulnerable orphans to finish schools, continue to put many children in our feeding program, and give them the essentials materials they need to become potential people in the society. 

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 Location: Kabar Village, Kisumu County, Kenya

Target

  • 3 Humanist Organizations to participate

  • Two Universities: Maseno University and Moi University to participate

  • Engage five village Schools with average of 100 Children to plant trees

  • Engage about 100 villagers

  • 400 Fruit trees to be planted

Overall Goal: To promote humanist message through planting fruit trees and educate the society about the importance of planting trees to fight climate change.

Objectives

  • To promote the symbol of humanism of the happy human in the village

  • To educate the society about the effect of climate change

  • To secure food security for the vulnerable

  • To add income generating activity to the organization to support the orphans

  • To promote the vision, mission and brand of Humanist Global as our donor

  • To spread humanism

Planned Activities under the Project

Fruit Tree Planting: The children, organization members and the community will plant the trees. The types of trees that will be planted include passion fruits, paw paw, oranges, guavas, lemon, avocado and mangoes. The trees will be sourced from various dealers.

Fencing the Farm:Once the farm will be planted, it will be fenced by barbed wires to prevent animals from eating the trees and also to prevent trespassers.

Constructing water well: for irrigation purposes of the tree, we will construct water well. This will also be advantageous to the community who do not have access to water.    

Climate Change Awareness: The people present will be educated about the importance of planting trees and how it can help to attract rain. The mission is to try to sensitize the communities to plant trees.

Teaching on Humanist Principles: Our mission is also to spread the humanist message and principles. During this event, we will teach people how human potential, experience and reason can contribute positive things to the society rather than relying on superstition and blind faith to solve problems.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Success of this project partly relies on efficient monitoring. Fruit trees planted shall be monitored by the Humanist Orphans Kenya.

Expected Benefits from the Project

  • The Project will provide income where the fruits will be sold to sustain some of the programs at the Humanist Orphans Kenya center like paying school fees, buying suppliers and many others

  • The project will educate the community about the importance of planting trees to fight climate change.

  • The project will promote the symbol of humanism since we will make a signboard with the humanist symbols with the sponsors of the project

  • The project sponsor ( Brighter Brains Institute) will be promoted in the Signboard that will be planted on the farm

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 Explanation of the Budget

Fruit Tree Seedlings: The plan is to buy already breaded fruit trees. There are very many breeders who sell already matured seedlings. This means we will not undergo the process of putting up a nursery because some of the fruits we will plant take time or might not mature. The cost of one seedling is Kshs. 60 and we need to plant about 400 since we have a big farm.

Transporting Seedlings to the Site: The seedlings are sold in Kisumu, which is a far distance, about 50 Kilometers from the farm. We will need to hire transport, a pickup truck, which will deliver the item to the farm. Below is a picture example of tree seedlings on sale from a breeder.

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Survey and Consultants: We need the advice from an expert, mostly an agriculture officer to come and survey the land and do soil testing. He will recommend the types of fruit trees that can survive on the climate and the kind of fertilizers and irrigation method to use to maintain the fruits.

Farming Hoes and Watering cans: We will need the farming hoes to dig the holes to plant the trees. Once the trees are planted, they will be irrigated using the watering cans.

Installing water on the farm for irrigation: The farm is not located near any water source but has a seasonal water point that dries up when there are no rains. The area receives little rain and it means we have to install water. The water table is not far from the surface and we will dig a well that will supply the farm with water. The below shows the type of well we will dig, which will also supply villagers with water.

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Fertilizers:The soil in the area must be supplemented with fertilizers to make the fruit trees grow well.  Without the fertilizers, most trees might not mature. The fertilizers are sold in bags and we believe three bags will be enough for the whole farm.

Fencing the Farm: Once the farm will be planted, it will be fenced by barbed wires to prevent animals from eating the trees and also to prevent trespassers. We will use barbed wire fence and also make a gate that is locked and only allowed by authorized people. Below is how a barbed wire fence looks like. The collective cost includes the barbed wire fence, the posts and labor.

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Project Maintenance: Once the trees will be planted, the project will be maintained where there will be daily irrigation and weeding of the trees.