Rafiki’s food security program includes sustainable clean water projects, environmental preservation and clean agriculture.
The community mainly depends on local river water that is shared for all household use, farm and wild animal needs and all other community use. The river banks are eroded. The water is grossly contaminated. Over 60% of diseases treated at our summer medical camp are related to use of contaminated water. Women and children walk miles in search of water. Families spend a lot of money to purchase water. Lack of reliable access to water has resulted in children staying home to help with search for water instead of going to school; and has severely reduced gardening and agriculture.
Rafiki is approaching the water problem in multiple sustainable ways that include community shared wells, roof catchment with water tanks and water filtration systems.
The most devastating environmental practice in Rachuonyo is making of charcoal. The local people sell charcoal as a major source of income. Trees are cut down daily but not replanted. The top soil is eroded.
Rafiki is aggressively engaged in educating students and adults on the importance of trees, tree planting and maintenance.
We are in the process of engaging more partners to help with supplying alternative sustainable energy sources that can replace charcoal.
Rafiki is working with the local community to create corporative gardens and farms through the women’s program. Rafiki supplies seeds, seedlings and agricultural training at our demonstration farm. Farming practices include horticulture and farm animals which includes goats. Clean agriculture teaches sustainable, natural and organic methods of growing, maintaining the farm, harvesting, food storage and preservation.