Drilling to begin for the well!
July 14, 2017
BENEFITING: LEAD FEATHER INC
EVENT DATE: May 05, 2017
A drought that began in 2014 has left the Magarini Children Centre and Organic Demonstration Farm in emergency need of funds to purchase food to last until mid August, when crops might be expected for harvest ($3500). Current food supplies are expected to run out as soon as mid-May. Please make a donation Now!
Additional funds are needed for the drilling of a bore hole (water well)—making the Centre's agriculture efforts independent of increasingly unreliable seasonal rains ($25,000 to include drilling and outfitting).
The Centre, absent NGO and government support, now provides formal education for 220 orphans and children at risk, as well as three meals a day ($50 US cost) and housing for some. It is their goal to become an Eco-Village, sustainably providing for their local food and energy and water needs while also restoring local forests and landscapes. The initial addition of a 40,000 liter rain catchment system in 2015 makes a significant contribution toward this end.
Recent early May rains have allowed for the planing of sorgum, green peas, maze, okra and varieties of water melon. This learning to care for the soil and the plants is used to teach the children skills of self-care and love, and peace building skills for peaceful living and conflict resolution. The drilling of the borehole will help ensure the return of food independence to the Center as well as the regional influence of the center as a visionary influence of thrivability in our disruptive times.
Please, while consciously touching that place of gratitude and compassion in your heart, take a moment and help provide food and water for these children. Contributions small or large can make a significant difference.
Meet the Children here: http://www.magarini-centre.org/meet-the-children/
Emmanuel Karisa Baya, Kenya, Africa, Director of the Center
Sharon Sage Emery, Portland, OR, International Peace Group and old friend of Emmanuel and the Center.
Ingrid Rose, Portland, OR, Process Works facilitator and old friend of Emmanuel and the Center.
Jaquelina Barra, Argentina, posesses the first hand experience of a recent visit and is a seed donor.
Elke Cole's, Natural Building Services, reflections and observatons from her March 2017, O.U.R. Ecovillage, visit to Margarini Children Centre is here. "It is my natural tendency to support dreams like his. OUR Ecovillage and Ndanifor Ecovillage in Cameroon are examples of it. Jescar and Emmanuel are getting training internationally and are bringing back what they’ve learned. Already children are benefitting.... I encourage you to find a way to support them- partner, fundraise, ask what support is wanted."
Lead Feather Inc is a 501c-3, and is the co-ordinating/hosting non-profit for this fundraiser; Donations are tax deductable as provided by law.
This fundraiser is also supported by the sister non-profit, International Peace Group where sustaining and tax deductable contributions can be made through paypal: IPGPeacegroup@gmail.com
O.U.R. Ecovillage, in BC, CA is a sponsoring non-profit of the Centre in becoming an ecovillage. Note: This visionary goal places the Centre in a significant position of influence as to human sustainability and thrivability on the planet.
The 2015 Annual report is available as a word docx here, with the 2016 report available here (soon!).
Magarini Children Centre and Organic Farming Demonstration Farm, Kenya
Kenyan Charitable Registration #SS/MLD/MAG/446/3/2009
"On February 10th the Government in Kenya declared a national drought emergency, with 23 of 47 counties affected. The number of food insecure people more than doubled – from 1.3 million to 2.7 million.Maize production in the coastal areas decreased by 99 per cent compared to the long term average. People have to travel further to access water, for example in Baringo, household walk three times longer than normal. Pastoralist communities in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties are losing their livestock - with reports of large numbers of animal deaths in Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu and Mandera counties. Data collected by UNICEF from 10 affected counties indicates that close to 175,000 children are not attending early pre-primary and primary schools, primarily due to the drought’s impact.The drought has also had a major impact on water resources, where 30 per cent of rural water points are nonfunctional resulting in a five-fold increase in water prices leaving some 2.6 million people in urgent need of safe water. Households are largely – and unseasonably – dependent on boreholes in drought-affected areas, with most other water sources having run dry." ReliefWeb: Kenya Drought 2014-1017
"Kenya’s ecosystem is deteriorating because of a drought that has been going on since 2014. The U.N. Food and Agricultural Center said in a statement in April of 2017 that according to a new early warning system put in, that Kenya is in danger of the drought getting worse in 2017. People and animal lives have not had a chance to recover from the drought of 2014, with barely any rain in 2015 and 2016. They said that because of the drought, temperatures are rising, water supplies are running out. Animals that depend of foraging have nothing to eat and people have no crops to eat. Kenya’s long rain season from March to May is vital for farmers and livestock herders. In 2016 long rains were poor or non-existent in some areas of Kenya." BuzzKenya: Accute Drought to hit Kenya early 2017—UN