Sadiki registered as an NGO in Kenya!

We are really pleased that Sadiki was recently registered as an NGO in Kenya (in addition to our existing registration as a charity in England and Wales).  This makes us a lot more “official”, enabling us to work more closely with NGOs in Kenya and in particular to benefit from local government expertise and assistance.  To mark the opening, we are holding a launch at the Sadiki office in Kwangamor on 15 December 2009, which will be attended by the District Commissioner of Teso South and various other guests from around Teso District.  Already, our registration has resulted in a visit by the local forestry officer, who encouraged our groups to expand their existing tree nursery so as to be able to supply a much larger section of the district with seedlings (which they have already done with a small financial contribution from Sadiki), and provided additional variety of seeds (in particular trees for timber which use a minimum of water).  We anticipate further such mutually beneficial co-operation with local government, as Sadiki provides groups of motivated, willing and organised community members whom the government can then use to carry out their policy in the community (such as re-forestation in the case of the tree nursery).

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A good egg

Gilgonda and Everlyne - employed by women to care for Poultry with layers eggs collected

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The goal of all Sadiki’s projects is that they become sustainable. We are delighted that our poultry project in Kwangamor has now reached this point. Our 93 hens are now laying around 70 eggs per day and providing protein, employment and profit to our women’s group. Funds raised from the sale of these eggs are now sufficient to purchase the necessary poultry feed, any drugs required, and also to employ 2 group members part-time to look after the hens. Some women are buying a crate of eggs per week, boiling them, and then selling them at the market as a business. There are even excess funds which the group are depositing in their group bank account. The project is very popular and we would like to extend it to other groups in future, funds permitting. We would also like to explore the option of having a joint poultry-fish project (the poultry house is built over a fish pond, with the hen droppings feeding the fish!) Please do let us know if you, or your workplace, might be interested in contributing to such a project.

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Successful Green Maize Project

We are delighted to report on the completion of another Green Maize Harvestsuccessful project by one of our Women’s Groups. At the end of May the Kwangamor Akimor Women’s Group successfully harvested their green maize. The group worked hard to clear the land and plant the seeds in October, and were delighted to see the entire crop sold at market. After initial funding and training from Sadiki this project will now become self sustaining as the women made enough profit to put money aside for planting in October, whilst also splitting the remaining profit amongst themselves. The success of this project has led to keen interest from our other groups, and we are looking forward to assisting them once we have raised some much needed funds.

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Eggs in Kwangamor

The community in Kwangamor, especially the children, will now be enjoying fresh eggs and (chicken) meat, thanks to our first ever poultry project. The project is being run by two of our women’s groups, with the profits going to the groups. Following training in poultry management, the women built the chicken shelter themselves, ready to welcome 100 chicks. In the absence of electricity, the chicks were kept warm by kerosene stoves! The women have been given extensive training in how to vaccinate the chicks regularly and recognise and treat disease. To prevent our own chickens becoming sick, Sadiki also subsidised others in the community to vaccinate their own chickens. This has resulted in much knowledge-sharing and goodwill to Sadiki, as the wider community directly benefits from Sadiki’s work.

Submitted by Susanna on May 13, 2009

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Second season of ground nuts in Kwangamor

Helen with her groundnuts

In 2007, the members of the Kwangamor Akimor Women’s Group decided they would like to try their hand at growing groundnuts (like peanuts). Groundnuts grow well locally, and are a good source of protein in the family’s diet, as well as providing a source of income. Through Sadiki’s contact with another NGO, the women were able to purchase high grade ground-nut seed (which they purchased both individually and as a group). Sadiki provided some agricultural training. The 2007 harvest was not as good as the women had hoped, owing to unseasonably heavy rainfall (global warming?), but they still managed to cultivate 6kg of groundnuts for every 2kg of seed planted. The women have replanted in 2008 (see photo above) - without any financial input from Sadiki. We shall report their progress in due course. In the meantime, please keep your fingers crossed for the weather. These ladies are depending on us not blowing our carbon footprint…

Submitted by Susanna on April 25, 2008

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First ever Field Assistant for Sadiki!

tophistamugshot.jpgtophista1.jpgWe are delighted to introduce Topista Ekisa, Sadiki’s first ever Field Assistant.  Topista is working part-time, and is based at our Sadiki “office” in Kwangamor village.   Topista is a “home-grown” employee, having demonstrated her capabilities as a (former) member of the Kwangamor Akimor Women’s Group.  She was also one of the group “vets”, specially trained to give the goats first aid.  Topista’s duties include close-hand monitoring of the projects in Kwangamor, including collecting loan repayments, and overseeing the health and regular treatment of the dairy goats.  In particular, we had been having trouble getting the women’s group members always to pay the small fee (calculated at cost) specified in their constitution for the routine maintenance of their goats (weekly spraying for ticks, regular de-worming etc).  Under Topista’s leadership, this small fee is now being collected, with the result that whereas Sadiki used to have to pay for goat drugs, the group is now able to replenish its supply of standard goat drugs itself, meaning that this aspect of the project is fully sustainable. 

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Kenya situation update

As you may have read in the press, the Kenyan Government has recently announced a new Cabinet, comprised of members of both the ruling and opposition parties, in implementation of the agreement brokered by Kofi Annan.  Following this development, we are really pleased to report that things seem to have settled down at last, at least for the time being, where we are working in western Kenya.  We are continuing to play things a bit by ear, but now feel more confident implementing our next project ventures (green maize project for the Kwangamor Akimor Women’s Group, and expansion of our dairy goat breeding project to the Kwangamor Katamakisi Women’s Group).  The experience has been a healthy reminder that we are working in the developing world, and security cannot be taken for granted.

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Kenyan unrest - impact on Sadiki

A number of you have asked whether Sadiki has been affected by the current social and political instability in Kenya.  Thankfully, all our people and our projects are fine.  We have, however, experienced difficulties, particularly with travel and communication.

Kenya has suffered significant unrest since the elections on 28 December 2007, following which President Mwai Kibaki reinstated himself for a further five year term.  This was notwithstanding that the people had voted out numerous MPs in the ruling KANU party and that international observers had expressed grave concerns about the validity of the election outcome.

Sadiki works in the western part of Kenya, near Kenya’s third largest town of Kisumu.  A lot of the post-election violence has been experienced in western Kenya, because it is the Luo and opposition heartland.   Much of it seems to have been perpetrated by disaffected young people who are poorly educated and unemployed.

In January, our Project Co-ordinator was unable to travel, either to visit the projects, get supplies in Kisumu, or to top up his dwindling cash-resources from the bank. This was because there was no fuel available, youth had set up roadblocks outside towns, and travelling meant the risk of coming into people with other tribes and hence the possibility of violence.  Shops were closed and electricity and mobile phone communications were intermittent.  Unusually for Kenya, the media was censored.

This month, we are thankful that our Project Co-ordinator has been able to travel intermittently to the projects once more (avoiding days when there were political rallys).  Shops are open again (albeit prices are high and some goods scarce).  And a sign of normality – the schools in western Kenya, closed since the Christmas break, are finally able to reopen.


Submitted by Susanna on February 15, 2008

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