Volunteering in Kenya in 2023 – are you interested?

Are you interested in volunteering in Kenya for 3 weeks in January and February?

Would you like to have tree-ripened mangoes  to eat every day in Kenya for three weeks in January and February? 

Farmers Helping Farmers is making plans to travel and work in Kenya for 3 weeks from approximately January 20 until February 10, 2023.    We also plan to do the same in 2024 in case you could be available then.

We are looking for people who are willing and able to carry out training with our partners in Meru County.  These are farm women who grow crops and have chickens.  They include dairy farmers who have a small number of dairy cows. They include school children where FHF helps to ensure they have a mid-day meal each day at school. They include farm women with babies and pre-school aged children.  

This is a wonderful opportunity to see how small scale farmers live and work on their farms, which is where we carry on training programs.  These farmers will welcome you and lap up the training you may provide. 

To be more specific, we are looking for people who have communication skills and experience: 

  1. Growing vegetables
  2. Growing potatoes
  3. Producing eggs from chickens
  4. Cooking tasty  ood for 200 school children
  5. Producing milk from dairy cows; 
  6. Making compost
  7. Growing trees
  8. Photography training for staff 

We are planning to send approximately 10- 12 people. We have not been able to travel to Kenya since January 2020 because of COVID- 19.   Instead, with modern communication devices and with highly motivated Kenyan personnel, we have stayed abreast of the project, and have reached many of the project goals at mid-term during the project.   A much smaller team will travel there in November to make arrangements for the January group.  Dr. John van Leeuwen from the Atlantic Veterinary College and three senior vet students will be in the January group; they will be training dairy farmers on veterinary skills. They will hold one or two clinics where farmers will bring their bovine animals in for assessment, treatment and deworming. The group will also include people who have worked with FHF in Kenya many times before. 

Farmers Helping Farmers has received funding from Global Affairs Canada for this project: More Food Better Food:  Empowering Kenya Farm Women. With this support , FHF will pay for all of your travel costs (approximately $5,000)  and make all arrangements for your travel and work there. 

As part of Farmers Helping Farmers contribution to this 5 year project, you are asked to make a donation of $1,500 towards the cost of this project.  You will need a  passport which expires more than 6 months after you return from Kenya, up-to-date vaccinations and emergency health insurance, which the project will pay for.  You will be required to participate in two orientation sessions (one in December and another in January).   

Your accommodation will be in a rented Kenyan house with showers and toilets. You will likely be sharing a bedroom with another person.  Meals will be served at a common table for breakfast and supper; lunch will often be eaten on farms from your packed lunch or with the Kenyan farm family or womens group  who will host you.   This is mango season in Kenya so you will likely have mangoes frequently!

If you are interested and have more questions, please contact Teresa Mellish at farmershelpingfarmerspei@gmail.com or by telephone 902-838-4032.  I will be away in Kenya from November 16 until December 3.    Please send a letter of expression outlining the experience and training  you will bring to this work to farmershelpingfarmerspei@gmail.com.

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