Next phase in Kenya!
In the documentary Seeds of Change you saw the first re-greening results of the Justdiggit projects in the south of Kenya. Of course, we like to expand this success further! Therefore we entered the next phase together with our partners Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) and the Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET). This means new projects that consist of a combination of interventions, including digging thousands of water bunds and starting grass seed banks.
The bunds ensures rainwater harvesting in desiccated areas, allowing vegetation to return quickly. This technique has already been applied on a large scale in our previous projects and proved to be extremely successful! The water bunds are part of a larger Olopololi plot, in the Imbirikani Group Ranch, where by grazing policy the Maasai are provided with dry season grazing grounds.
But these are not the only new activities in our project areas in Kenya! By helping to set up new grass seed banks in Inkisanjani and Enkii, local Maasai women’s groups can supplement their income, while re-greening their living environment.
Furthermore, new exclosures are under development within the Amboseli National Park where certain pieces of land are fenced and protected thereby allowing trees to return. See how successful this technique can be!
Because of the proven success of the previous projects, the community was very open and welcoming at the start of the program. View some images of the activities below!
Lana Müller (Justdiggit Project Manager/MWCT Consultant) and Lanoi Charity (MWCT Livelihoods Coordinator) conducting a community meeting in Inkisanjai village. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the new project to the community and to select a women’s group for the new Inkisanjani Grass Seedbank project.
Leaders & Grazing committee meeting. The leaders were very helpful during the community meetings and helped to select the women’s groups and project sites.
Trainer from KARI (Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute) training the women from Enkii village on grass sowing and harvesting techniques.
Thorn bush fence constructed around the Enkii grass seed bank.
Meanwhile, the women of the Moilo Women’s Group, from a previously started program, are working on weeding here. After the rains a lot of weeds have come up in between the grass which needs to be removed.
And Justus, MWCT Fundi, repairs the fence at the Moilo Grass Seedbank. The Moilo women’s group hired the Fundi to help repair their fence. They used the money earned from grass seed sales to pay for his services.