kenya_06_baraka-plowLocal Partner: Baraka Farm

Local Partner Director: Phyllis Keino, Jos Creemers

Area Served: Providing support for Kenyan orphans cared for by the Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret.

Program Goal:
 To provide wholesome, healthy foods for the children at the Lewa Children’s Home and the Kipkeino Primary School. To provide produce, milk, milk products and crop items for sale to support the Lewa Children’s Home. To set an example for small scale, local farmers through innovative farming techniques and a demonstration plot and garden. Expanding operations to use more land of Lewa property to provide more income and jobs.

Program Services Provided: Fresh vegetables, milk and milk products, crops, farming techniques, demonstration plots and technical support.

Number of Program Beneficiaries: Over 600

Program Summary:Cows on Baraka Farm, Kenya

An agricultural development program designed to support the Lewa Children’s Home with fresh-grown grains, vegetables, meats and dairy products (including fermented milk, yogurt and cheese). The Farm has expanded to provide support to the children’s home through the sale of crops, livestock, milk, cheese, yogurt, honey and sunflower seed oil.

Farm Manager and staff provide demonstration plots and host “Farm Days” for local farmers to learn new, innovative and low-tech, farming techniques to improve crop yields for their families while protecting the local environment. They have also just signed a contract with an organization based in the Netherlands to teach 20 lessons to agricultural instructors from the region in order to get them up-to-date on modern sustainable farming and dairy processing techniques.

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Program also includes agricultural training for orphans of the Lewa Children’s Home and employs over 100 people from the local community.

Bread & Water for Africa® has provided funding for farm operations and equipment purchases. Also, funding was provided for the construction of a water reservoir to serve the farm, children’s home and the school during the dry season.