Maths Camp Day 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3 had a lot of fun and training.Students were introduced to maps,graphs,statistics and robots.They were also assigned to analyse the data collected from our Agricultural farm.

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MATHS CAMP AT MHAC 19th-25th August 2018

MHAC is happy to host this years Kenya Maths Camp scheduled from 19th to 25th August 2018. This is in collaboration with African Maths Initiative (AMI), a Kenyan based NGO that promotes mathematical literacy in Africa. The objective of this camp is to  promote the study of mathematics from the basic to tertiary levels and demystifying the concept of mathematics as a difficult subject. A total of 49 students from counties across Kenya and 21 local and International volunteers have attended this years camp. The Math Camp is a unique opportunity for students in Kenya to learn applied mathematics fields such as geometry, robotics and statistics outside the classroom methods by using games, simulations and puzzles to unravel the mystery of mathematics in everyday lives. Participants will spend one week learning new and exciting mathematics taught by a team of national and international volunteer maths educators.

 

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Good, clean and Healthy food amongst us produced conservatively

Hi everyone, am Philip Kabiru from Kiini Sustainable Initiative (KISI) which is a Non-Governmental Organization that was established and registered in December 2007 under the Section 10 of the NGO Coordinating Act for purpose of gender equality, social economic empowerment and rights through the participation of women, men, youth, and disadvantaged people in the society like orphans, marginalized communities to realize their potential and become self-reliant.

KISI’s work in Central Kenya (Nyeri, Laikipia, Kirinyaga and Muranga counties) is rooted in a belief that Kenyans, their ideas and institutions must define and drive Kenya’s transformation and development. We place an unequivocal importance on the need to support and build a critical mass of activists, thinkers and leaders who will contribute broadly and effectively to the fight against Drug Abuse, Poverty and Injustice

KISI has over the years initiated key thematic areas touching on Democratic governance, Rural based financial management (Micro-Credit), food security and agriculture that is bio-intensive and permaculture, Youth & Gender Empowerment, Education and HIV/AIDS programming.

The key programs are:

  1. Livelihood
  2. Local Justice and Governance
  3. Environment and Health

 Our Vision:

We envision a Self-Sustainable and Resourceful Local Community.

  Our Mission:

Kiini Sustainable Initiative (KISI) exists to provide a platform for the underprivileged and the marginalized people through mobilization, sensitization and utilization of the hidden resources in order to meet their socio-economic needs in Kenya.

Our Core Values:

The following core values embody what KISI stands for, what drives it, what it believes in and what directs decisions, actions and relationships with others on a daily basis. 

  •  Equity, Equality And Non Discrimination
  • Openness and responsible for all our actions
  • Respect for diversity
  • Empathy with the poor
  • Concern and care for nature

 

Concerning the Survey

The main objectives of the survey was to:

         i.            Determine whether participatory trainings and demonstrations on organic agriculture do take place in Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Laikipia counties.

       ii.            Identify the existing organic agricultural practices among small-scale farmers.

      iii.            Determine level of knowledge on how to access and use organic products for food production

NB: We preferred using smart card so that whatever is fed is generated directly through survey monkey and this proved efficient and effective.

 

Findings from the survey

         i.            Bigger percentage of target audience is between the ages of 28-55 who are mainly small-scale farmers

       ii.            High percentage grows maize, beans, onions and potatoes as source of livelihood.

      iii.            Very few farmers grow orphaned crops like cassava and arrow-roots.

     iv.            Majority rears animals thus utilizing the farm yard manure and composts.

       v.            Very few of the target audience keeps beehives which are the key pollinator improvement.

     vi.            Higher percentage don’t know how to access open pollinated seeds as well as organic product.

    vii.            Inorganic fertilizers, chemical pesticides and conventional seeds are commonly used in food production.

Challenges

         i.            Some target audience were not comfortable sharing their birthdays.

       ii.            The farmers already understand the dangers of use of synthetic chemicals yet very few have embraced alternative ways of food production.

      iii.            Though farmers continue to grow maize and beans they always have food insecurity and eat poor diet which is not balanced.

     iv.            Limited resources to carry the survey effectively and train the enumerators on modern technology on survey.

       v.            High expectation by some farmers.

Non response from the respondents on some questions especially on incomes, thought to be associated with fear for government taxation requirements

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION IS OUR PEOPLES PRIDE.

Hi all, My name is Irene Kubasu from Kenya, working with Anglican Development Services-Western(ADS-W) whose vision is to have a sustainable holistic and God fearing society. Our mission is "we exist to build partnership with communities and empower them to address their needs. we are guided by the following core values:

  • Upholding christian principles
  • stewardship
  • inclusiveness
  • professionalism
  • entrepreneurship
  • team work

ADS WESTERN implements development projects through community empowerment, problem identification, problem solving and informed decision making.This enables the targeted people to think critically and find solutions to their own problems.

our strategies are :

  • Advocacy and lobbying
  • right based approach
  • capacity building
  • strategic alliances
  • Establishment of community structures and linkages, theory

pictures above: from left, permanent soil cover using Dolchos lablab, farmer demonstrating permanent soil cover using mulching.

Getting started

The exercise started by training of enumerators on how to carry out the survey and being familiar with  the questionnaire. then proceeded to conducting both qualitative and quantitative research.we experienced  a positive turnout of the respondents, out of 350, 344 respondents managed to voluntarily undertake the exercise. the challenge we encountered was that some poeple were not willling to give information.

figure above from left, One enumerator conducting a survey with a respondent,

Data Analysis

The challenge i greatly encountered in data analysis was to get connected to the survey monkey, It therefore took me one and a half weeks, analyzing data manually.

Task force analyzing data.

we went ahead to refine the benefit exchange that is  coming up with an audience persona for the social marketing campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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