There was a live demonstration of how quality seeds can earn better yields for farmers by a seed company near Ahero on Friday 8th April.
It was quite a learning experience for me to find out about such company which can identify the soil and its quality and recommend the seeds accordingly. This has a direct impact on the lives of farmers who have been experimenting with many crops and have failed due to lack of knowledge. Ultimately these farmers give up farming and become jobless.
After understanding the quality and how the seeds are grown organically I cultivated many iseas to take forward my vegetarian club to the next level.
I really enjoyed the event of 75th celebration of Jain Yourh League of Thika. The celebration started with prayers to Lord Ganesha presented by Kamini Dance school. They also presented other cultural dances which were truly mesmerising.
The chairperson Mr Hitesh Shah walked through the activities of the organization. There were many interesting facts about their flagship program Shah free eye clinic which has been going on for last 37 years in various parts of Kenya. The team has operated more than 140000 patients for cataract with many other treatments like ENT related problems.
The event was well attended by more than 340 people from Thika as well as Nairobi.
It was a learning experience to be part of the Eye and ENT camp arranged by Shree Jain Yough League of Thika in Kisumu county in this week from Monday till Thursday. Though I didn’t do much to help them but I observed quite a few interesting things from the camp about the patients’ registration, marketing the details of camp, logistics of the camp etc. It was worth spending four days in different locations for few hours.
The camp was conducted in four completely different locations around Kisumu; first day was at Ngere Primary school in Ahero, second was Konditi School at Peponditi, third was at Wagai primary school in Yala and forth was Jalaram School in Kisumu central.
Dr. S.K. Savla was leading the camp with eight doctors from India; he has been coming to Kenya for last 37 years in April to serve the local community for the eyes related problems specially cataract.
The very able team screened around 3900 patients for eyes related problems and 2300 ENT patients were checked. At the end of the camp, they found 265 people for cataract problem and 60 for ENT related who were to transported to Thika for further treatment.
It was truly pleasure to know Dr. Savla who has been so dedicated to this camp for last many years. His wife was equally passionate about helping Doctor in his work. I should appreciate the doctors who joined the team without expecting anything in return.
This week it was a different challenge to go to farmers and land owners who are keen to grow forests on their lands to stop and reduce soil erosion taking place near their village. It was disheartening to see that this land is the example of largest soil erosion of Kenya.
The place where we had gathered was not far from that six kilometers long soil erosion galli which got developed in last few years. It is due to the pressure of water coming to their lands and spoiling the crops and destroying the villages completely. People have slowly started shifting away from the shore of the galli as they are afraid of any calamities.
Hence I was focused more on forestation and developing trees to save the lands. Let’s try to stop it and develop forests in nearby area. The village has 2000 people with 500 acre of lands ready for farming. They also have started digging the holes to save rain water.
I found that people were keen on vegetable farming too. I also planted few trees in their farms to create boundaries to secure the land. It was truly a learning experience to get up and close to farmers of the soil. I have started realising that any contribution to nature and the caretakers of nature directly reaches our heart and soul and the satisfaction derived out of it amazingly different from any other worldly pleasures.
Kenya Vegetarian Club took challenge to go in the interior parts of the country side around Kisumu west. Our team went to Ogal primary and secondary school near Akuche after the airport on 8th April.
The students of the schools were excited to recieve 250 seedlings and started planting on Friday itself. After we reached there on Saturday they greeted us with warmth and we completed rest of the trees in the school compound. We have asked every student to adopt a tree and give them names and nurture them as their own family members.
The school was identified by Ms Atiano Otiano and she arranged the place to plant the trees.
I was bit excited to go back to the farm where we had donated some seeds near Kisumu International airport with the team of media.
The farmers were excited to share their experiences and how the new crops are coming along. Though it is a small beginning of the vegetable farming in this region, it is still impactful as it has drawn some attention of people.
It was truly a pleasure to meet the Indian High commissioner to Kenya Mrs. Suchitra Durai again in Kisumu on Saturday 26th March with her family. During the lunch session in Kisumu Yacht Club, I found that she has a great knowledge of India’s bilateral trade with Kenya and how it can be improved through more opportunities for the business communities of both the countries.
She explained the same more in details in the evening session which was attended by representatives of communities and others. It was a day well spent with her and know more about the initiatives taken by Indian government for NRI communities across the world.
I think its worth sharing this on women’s day that Kenya is truly delighted to have a lady as High commissioner of India to Kenya, Mrs. Suchitra Durai. It was my pleasure to meet her in Nairobi at her office on 7th March 2016.
I was really impressed by her simplicity and professionalism both completely at ease. It is also wonderful to know that the Indian government is taking many new initiatives to help NRI communities to come closer to India.
I am also thrilled to be part of this new development and take forward India Kenya relationship to a greater heights.
I am feeling good that I have something new to share every week. Kenya Vegetarian Club got featured in one of the reputed magazine in Ghana featuring the work we do in the field of Vegetable Farming and Vegetarianism. It is truly my pleasure to associate with the team who also featured some of my articles about the effect of meat production on environment.
It was truly a pleasure to host Submitraji, the disciple of Ammaji at my residence during his visit to Kisumu this month. When our committee of Sanatan mandir decided to invite him to temple, I quickly thought of hosting him at home to know more about Ammaji and it is always my pleasure to invite such saints in the house.
He was acoompanied by Manish Shah from Nairobi and two other members of his team. Nath and Rupal. Nath is a German guy who is always traveling with Swamiji to donate white Crane to blind schools. After picking up them from the airport, we checked the venue of evening talk and after lunch went to Kibos Blind school. It was really heart warming and touching to see so many blinds in the region not so far from Kisumu. They were truly happy to receive the sticks which can help them to get the direction and a strong support as well.
after the donation drive, we returned and went for the evening talk at the temple. The talk was in English and Hindi mixed which people enjoyed. I learned quite a bit more about the projects Ammaji does and how she has embraced the world by hugging each and every soul she has ever met. It was truly an amazing fact that she has reached out to millions of people and shared their pain and sorrows and given them a motherly comfort which they might have not got from their own family.
Our country is truly great as we keep getting such saints in the country who not only helps Indians but the people world over.
Continuing the series of vegetarianism and vegetable farming, Lake Basin college invited me to yet another session at Urudi Center near Katito, an interior part of Kisumu county which I had never seen before. The drive to that place was pleasant with less traffic and a tarmac road.
The session started with the reciting of few verses of Bible and explanation given about food in it. The pastor explained the importance of food very well and even I learned few things about food in Bible from him. The crowd was a mixture of model farmers and the farm owners of various places around that area.
When I started explaining the benefits of vegetarian diet, people were reluctant to believe one can survive without meat forever. I understand that it is a tough war but I am getting there slowly. Every session is teaching me something new through their queries, expressions, interests they show in my research etc. This time I went with the actual samples of pulses and vegetables which many of them had not seen before. It was a good opening for them to know what they need to grow in this region. I also realised that I may need to show the seeds next time and go with the chart so that they can identify the seeds quickly.
I am also glad to know that farmers taking more and more interest in learning more about farming and really keen on growing their farms. Let’s hope for the best.