Justdiggit believes it is time to share positive and hopeful insights when it comes to climate change. People must be aware that we can restore ecosystems and that solutions exist.
Impact on biodiversity!
Yes! This Wildebeest, large African antelope, has been spotted in one of our project areas in Kenya. The rangers that protect the bund area observe more and more wildlife since the vegetation began to recover.
Monitoring the bunds with satellites and sensors
(Nearly) graduate student Martijn Mulder did his graduation project in Kuku, Kenya, on behalf of satellite company Vandersat. He researched the impact of our projects by using satellites and sensors.
And guess what…! He saw great effects from the soil moisture sensors and the NDVI satellite images. Like: soil moisture contents inside the bunds at 40cm depth were twice as high compared to outside the bunds, even three months after the rain season! A great result, and currently, the sensors are still in the field to continue measurements.
Read more about this research in Martijn’s blog ->
African media gathering!
Beginning of December we had our first official African media gathering in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This is important for us, because we use the power of communication to scale up the Justdiggit re-greening programs.
Together with our amazing partners Havas Africa, JCDecaux Africa, LEAD Foundation, and Havas Lemz, we invited a select group of media partners, potential ambassadors and online influencers, all of whom were very excited to learn about our programs and eager to join our green revolution. Work in progress and a great first step!
Blog: Monitoring & Evaluation Marathon
You might have read about the Kisiki Hai Tour with which we show our documentary in Tanzanian villages… Last month we have launched something alike: a Monitoring and Evaluation Marathon!
With a minibus we visit 27 villages in the 7 districts where we are active now. Our goal: gather data for a baseline research with which we can monitor and evaluate the re-greening over the years.
Justdiggit Lieke gives you an insight in one of her research days.->
Kisiki Hai Tour
Our travelling cinema about re-greening one of the most affected landscapes has already been travelling around Dodoma (Tanzania) for almost two months.
During our Kisiki Hai Tour, we visit more than 300 villages together with LEAD Foundation to explain the re-greening method Kisiki Hai through music, dance and video.
See more of this movement! –>
Down to eARTh with the eARThphone
Artist Judith Dubois has designed and donated a special eARThphone for Justdiggit, made of African earth, river sand and slate.
Judith makes artworks with sand, stones and other natural products. Justdiggit eARThphone is based on the semi-circular bunds that are visible in our projects (in Kuku already invisible due to the returned vegetation!).
The eARThphone gives you the opportunity to break free from the screens in this digital society (Cooling down the people)! Thanks Judith!
Justdiggit interview co-founder & marketing director
Justdiggit’s ambassador Amara Onwuka interviews co-founder Dennis Karpes and Global Marketing Director Wessel van Eeden about the start of Justdiggit, the progress they made along the way and their positive future ambition.
Our gratitude goes out to NYB Creative Productions for the amazing video and edit.
Interview is in Dutch.
Training the trainer!
These trees are small now, but will grow into huge giants, thanks to the Kisiki Hai method! Together with Lead Foundation we are training ‘as we speak’ 1,300 farmers this re-greening technique.
We even train them to become trainers so that they can educate their fellow villagers. In this way we can apply the Kisiki Hai method on a large scale and have a huge impact!
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Harvesting the grass seeds!
The three grass seedbanks in Kuku (Kenya) are doing great in the dry season! Or… should we say.. the three Maasai women groups are doing great!
These women manage the grass seedbanks and just harvested 100 kg of seeds in Moilo, 90 kg in Enkii and in Inkisanjani even 470 kg. Wow! And the harvesting is still in progress, so these numbers are rising! They will earn a substantial income by selling these grass seeds. We are impressed (again) by these women!
Official program launch in Tanzania
We are upscaling our programs in Tanzania, aiming to re-green an area the size of 20.000 km² by the year 2021!
After a period of testing and developing our new training and movement program in 1 of the 7 districts of Dodoma, Kongwa, we are extremely excited to announce that, together with our local partner the LEAD Foundation, we are upscaling our re-greening program to all the other districts in Dodoma.