Project information

Haller Hand

The Haller Hand will lift communities out of the poverty cycle by helping them achieve water security through the building of rain-fed dams, wells and bio-loos and by offering farmer training, will enable our smallholder farmers to grow enough food to eat and to sell.

One Year

Charity information: The Haller Foundation

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  • Need


    The Haller Hand will help communities lift themselves out of the poverty cycle and thus achieve self-sustainability. We are hoping to attract more community based organisations to adopt the Haller Hand, take ownership of their rain-fed dam, well and bio-loo and use the smallholder farmer techniques that we teach at our Demonstration Farm to start growing enough food to feed themselves, with a surplus to sell.


    By addressing communities' basis needs through an integrated set of programmes in water, farming, education, health, alternative energy and nano-enterprise. Our aim is to offer life-skills training which empower farmers and their children to lead self-sufficient and sustainable lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a community with the tools to build themselves a rain-fed dam, a well and a bio-loo


    » We will pay the community members for every cubic metre of earth that they dig so that they take ownership of their dam.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when a small community based organisation set with the task of digging a rain-fed, attracts people in their hundreds to become part of a self-sufficient community.

  • Impact


    The project will help smallholder farmers achieve self-sustainability. Through water security they will be able to grow enough food to eat and to sell thereby earning an income. We will monitor how many farmers receive farmer training at our demonstration farm or in situ and monitor how many people gravitate to the new community.


    We rely heavily on the long rains to fill our dams. A full dam enables a community to have enough water to irrigate the land for 8 to 9 months of the year. In previous years when rains have been scarce, we have been fortunate enough to be able to access water through our wells which tap into the water table.


    We carry out a formal process of evaluation, impact assessment & feedback mid-way through the programme & then again on completion, showing the impact that donations have made. We also share news and photos on a regular & informal basis and an opportunity will be given to visit the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Farmer Training 240 smallholder farmers will receive 3 day 'climate smart' farmer training workshops for one year
      £7,000 Community rain-fed dam To pay community members to dig their own rain-fed dam
      £7,750 Community well To pay community members to construct their own well
      £3,650 Community bio-loo To prevent water contamination
  • Background


    Our communities are based in rural Mombasa, Kenya. We currently support 27 communities of approximately 25,000 people in each. We have a clear 5 year exit strategy but stay on hand to assist when and where necessary.


    People living in some of the poorest areas of the world who are struggling to feed themselves and rely on handouts, will be able to achieve self-sustainability by setting up Community based organisations and adopting the Haller Hand. We have helped and are in the process of helping approximately 25,000 people in our communities and could do more.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Haller,a registered charity in the UK, manages donor partnerships & all other fundraising. Haller’s Board, responsible for the overall strategy, is also UK-based. Haller’s UK office is supported by volunteers, ensuring funds go directly to projects in Africa. Our projects are subject to continuous review via on-going dialogue between Haller staff in the UK & Kenya.Haller Kenya is a registered NGO in Kenya & is responsible for the effective delivery of Haller’s programmes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Merriman

    Director of Donor Partnerships responsible for fund-raising and reporting to donors.

    Dr Rene Haller

    renowned for restoring cement quarries in Kenya,we use his model of environmental regeneration to bring economic security to poor, smallholder farmers

    Gideon Amboga

    Chief Operating Office. Runs the Mtopanga Demonstration Farm and is responsible for the implementation of projects.

    Daniel Haller

    Executive Member - Project Manager


for a 3-day farmer training course for 20 people

Haller's demonstration farms and farmer field training programme are the Oxford and Cambridge of agriculture

Edward Oatley MBE