Ikaning’ombe revisited

9th December 2017

Upon hearing that the volunteers in the previous cycle filled 10,000 seedlings above their target, we immediately wanted to take a break from our visit to Iyegeya, and see the finished project and what comes after it. We set off on a 20-minute car ride to the nearby village of Ikaning’ombe where we met the Zakaio, the village executive officer (VEO), who kindly offered to take us on a visit around the village and project site.

 

The impact of Raleigh NRM in the village was soon evident as Zakaio took us on a tour of his home, where he had a large tree nursery in the back area, with both pine and avocado tree plantations. He said that since that Raleigh project, a lot of villagers had taken his example in pursuing alternative sustainable livelihoods, something which is synonymous with the educational and training elements of the Raleigh NRM project.

VEO Zakaio displayed his domestic enterprise in Ikaning’ombe, Mufundi.

Like Iyegeya, the walk to the project site in Ikaning’ombe was down a steep and narrow hill, ending in a valley at the bottom. Banana leaves were stretched out across poles, forming tarps that protected the seedlings from drying in the sun. Villagers were crouched around the sprouting tubes, maintaining them by watering and pulling out weeds growing around the tree seedlings during the germination period.

One of them was village chairman Jonas, who we found out was visiting the site twice a week on top of his village leadership commitments, “Some of the farmers here have tea plantations and others have avocado trees; some have also invested in keeping chickens and pigs”, he said of the villagers who were present at the site.

Village chairman Jonas at the NRM project site in Ikaning’ombe, Mufundi.

One of the villagers, Maria, was noticeably of age and told us she had an avocado tree farm. She also visited the site twice and week and when asked what she thought the benefit of the seedlings and this commitment to the project for her was, she perfectly captured the essence of the NRM project in her answer, “The pines will be beneficial not to me but to the future generation; my children, my grandchildren will benefit from this project. I am just preparing it for the next generation.”

Avocado farmer Maria at the NRM project site in Ikaning’ombe, Mufundi.

The seedlings continue to grow, alongside the future generation that will benefit from them, thanks to the continued belief and dedication of inspiring community members like Zakaio, Jonas and Maria. Our Alpha 3 team also had the chance to visit the Ikaning’ombe site to draw inspiration for reaching their targets as well as promoting a continual, sustainable mind frame that aspires to preserve the natural environment, and therefore the youth that will rely on it as a livelihood.

 

Words by Miguel. Images by Paul.


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