Project information

Create a nutrition garden at an orphanage.

To introduce farming technologies to an orphanage in order to make it sustainable for its food needs. It will include tree planting, training in organic and bio-intensive methods, livestock and poultry keeping. It will also provide income generating skills to the widows who look after the orphans.

October 2013 - October 2014

Charity information: Friends Of Ket Wangi Orphanage

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  • Need


    Ket Wangi Orphanage and Learning Centre is totally dependent on donations for its food needs and the children are only getting 2 starch-based meals a day and suffer from malnutrition. The efforts of the widows who look after the 82 children and 5 elderly widows at growing food is being impaired by their lack of knowledge, tools, funding and a water source. It is essential that they learn to grow vegetables and care for livestock to make the orphanage sustainable long term.


    We will provide professional training, a well, seeds and tools to transform 1/4 acre into a lush and productive garden. Training includes modern bio-intensive techniques and nutrition. Nutritional gardening is about growing the fruit and vegetables which provide the highest levels of minerals and vitamins in the diet in order to enhance the immune system of the HIV+ children. There are 23 HIV+ orphans. We will provide goats and chickens for milk, eggs and meat needs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Train a group of widows in modern and sustainable methods of gardening.


    » Send widows to the Haller Centre in Mombasa. Work in partnership with Sustainable Global Gardens for practical support and access to resources.

    What success will look like

    The trained widows are expected to take ownership of the project after two full circles of crop gatherings and to have shared their knowledge with half of the group.

    Aim 2

    Provide a constant source of water.


    » Drill a shallow well and build a drip irrigation system. Establish water harvesting with gutters and tank

    What success will look like

    Shallow wells with a simple hand pump are easy to maintain and will meet the agricultural needs as well as the home needs with washing in particular. A reputable firm will be used.

    Aim 3

    Improve the soil fertility and establish a range of vegetable and fruit crops


    » Install a vermin-liquid tank to make worm composting. Buy 100 tree seedlings. Buy seeds and build a small greenhouse.

    What success will look like

    All year round production and growing trees will be the stick by which we assess success. 100% self sufficiency for vegetables and fruits by the end of year two.

    Aim 4

    Provide goat milk for the children as it is healthier and cheaper to produce than cow's milk.


    » Build a zero-grazing unit to house 3 dairy goats. Buy 3 dairy goats. Establish a source of forage with tree seedlings.

    What success will look like

    Purchase of 3 healthy goats providing between 4.5 & 6kgs of milk each a day. Regular veterinary checks will be required.

    Aim 5

    To provide eggs and chicken meat for a better balanced diet.


    » Expand the small chicken housing unit and buy and vaccinate 30 chickens and 2 cocks.

    What success will look like

    Chickens number to reach 100 within 18 months. Children to be fed 2 eggs each a week on average and meat once a week.

  • Impact


    Better nutrition brought about by a varied diet will benefit the health and growth of the children and will help them learn better. It will greatly help the HIV+ children build up a strong immune system. The future of the orphanage will be far more sustainable and donations will then be used to improve the environment and pay the teachers who are currently working for very irregular wages.
    The project will also give widows valuable skills to take to their own fields and provide for their own.


    Unexpected issues that were not or could not be covered in the training. We are aware that learning to farm will take more than a few days training. For this reason, the project is being established in partnership with Sustainable Global Gardens who will be visiting regularly.


    A full report will be made available every 3 months on the website and sent to any donors who request it.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,500 well Digging of a shallow well, pump and tank
      £700 equipment Greenhouse, vermi unit, drip irrigation
      £400 training 3 women for 3 days at the Haller Centre
      £300 tree seedlings up to 100 tree seedlings and seeds
      £700 livestock goats / chickens and housing
  • Background


    The orphanage is 30kms outside Kisumu in Western Kenya, East Africa


    82 children, 5 elderly widows, staff and teachers of the Ket Wangi Orphanage and Learning Centre will directly benefit from better nutrition. The widows group who will work the garden will also benefit from this project as they take their new knowledge with them to their own gardens. The children will be involved in activities and learn valuable skills for the future. It is hoped that the project will be expanded with the purchase of land to provide an income and to offer field training.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Friends of Ket Wangi Orphanage have been working with the orphanage for nearly 3 years and have had many occasions to admire the tenacity and willingness to learn of its founder and staff. They are determined to become independent of help for their food needs. Our charity is a member of Together 4 Africa, a coalition of small charities and are thus able to draw on much knowledge and support from others who have worked on this type of project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dave Mude - Trustee

    Dave is a retired builder. He is going to be spending 3 months at the orphanage starting November 2013 in order to provide the building structures.

    Paul Keeley - Sustainable Global Garden

    Paul is an expert in soil management, agriculture, agro-forestry and income generating activities. He is due to make a first assessment in October.

    Annie O'Connor - Trustee

    Annie has been working in community development for 7 years in Tanzania and is the main outside link for the orphanage.

    Naphtaly Alang - Administrator

    Naphtaly is the orphanage administrator. He is excellent at reporting and mobilizing resources.

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