Kenya

fb_img_1479845983054Our project in Kenya has successfully moved through all eight stages of Green Hub development. Originating in 2013, the Enkii Primary School Green Hub has inspired development far beyond the school walls and out into the community. This Hub community features the first solar-powered water pump; water lines have been extended to include sinks, toilets and showers; and villagers have attended farming workshops and launched their own endeavors.

Our work then extended to the Lemongo village where a greenhouse and irrigation system was installed. Today the village is reaping the harvest of this project.

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Also in this region, HOW Global spearheaded a research project in partnerships with local farmers and the medical community to explore the water-cleansing and medicinal properties of seeds from the Moringa Tree. This successful project is just beginning to unlock a host of benefits of this amazing plant.

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The Hub at Enkii and many other Hub villages in Kenya exist inside the limits of Amboseli National Park. Villagers share the land with elephants, lions and giraffes that freely roam the area. HOW-Global is working to shift the long-held perspective of animals as dangerous competition for resources to beautiful creatures that should be respected and protected.

Outlawed in many countries as dangerous and inhumane, the disfiguring practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was a traditional rite of passage for young girls in this community. A willingness to explore safer and healthier alternative rituals inspired the genesis of our innovative “Plant Not Cut” program. Through this program, the girls attend sleepover camps (offered by the Pastoralist Child Foundation) where they learn the dangers of FGM as well as proactive behaviors to support health and wellness. A special ceremony is designed to honor and empower the girls as they transition into adulthood. Attended by the community and its elders, the ritual features poetry and songs written by the girls. Dressed in all white, each girl plants a trees symbolizing hope for strength and growth as they move into womanhood. Even some of the “cutters” in the community have been so moved by the beautiful ceremony that they publicly vow to abandon the practice of FGM and embrace this new perspective.20140726_130523-kenya

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