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.
Kenya Vegetarian Club and Hindu Council of Kenya Kisumu branch arranged for an interesting talk on the Nutritional Benefits of Vegetarian Diet on 25th October 2015 to celebrate World Vegetarian Day which was in the first week of October.
The event was well planned by the founder chairperson Mrs Vaishali Kamal Shah of Shrivedant Foundation which runs the Vegetarian Club in Kenya. The event was held at Ram Garhia Singh Sabha, Guru Nanak Darbar Temple in Kisumu.
Ms Vaishali explained why we should help locals to turn vegetarian. The main emphasis was on the vegetable farming to help local women to be self-sufficient and promote tree planting. She also explained the effects of meat production on environment and what measures we need to take to avoid the same. She narrated how vegetarianism is an integral part of hindu culture and religion for centuries.
Ms Komal Shah explained how and why we should avoid meat, dairy and poultry products. She also shared some tips for healthy lifestyle and supported the idea of promoting vegetarianism in different parts of the society. Mrs Shobhna Shah narrated vegetarianism in Jainism and Mr Balvinder Singh Rupra explained what Sikhism has to say about vegetarianism.
The highlight of the event was the participation of various schools’ students. They brought up many ideas about water conservation, avoid air pollution, cleaning process of the used water, explained the benefits of nutritional food. Every participant was given gifts and there were six winners in different categories of food presentation and the environmental projects. Kisumu Junior and Senior Academy and Jalaram school participated in the exhibition. Sujata Derodra, co convener helped in the arrangements and Ms. Alka Vaghela encouraged students of the school to participate in the exhibition.
More than two hundred people from various communities attended the talk which was also attended by ms Atiano Otiano, the county representative of Kisumu. Hindu Council of Kenya Kisumu branch and Kenya Vegetarian Club have joined hands to plan the massive tree planting project in coming months with Ms Atiano Otiano and her representative of governments.
I established The Kenya Vegetarian Club to support the cause of vegetarianism and hope to increase the number of vegetarians in Kenya. Our club endeavors to
- Promote human health
- Protect animal rights
- Preserve environment
- Develop compassion
World over there is a great interest in vegetarianism today. People from all walks of life would like to switch over to a vegetarian diet if they are convinced of its merits. Some are confident about their food habits and make the switch easily. Others need support, guidance and perhaps a gentle nudge. Also there is considerable confusion in the array of products that are available on the shelves of the supermarkets. Many shoppers find it difficult to tell which food and drinks are produced using animal products. The food industry often uses products that may not be suitable for vegetarians. Health professionals are not very clear about the merits of vegetarian diet as they receive little or no training in vegetarian nutrition. Parents are confused whether a wholly vegetarian diet would provide the required nutrition for their kids.
The Kenya Vegetarian Club aims to fill in this space and supports, guides and promotes vegetarianism by arranging various programs and events that help members to understand and appreciate the importance of vegetarian diet. The club also creates awareness about vegetarianism in Africa as the world is moving towards saving the environment and food production and consumption is the first step towards it. The Club intends to help local farmers to grow more vegetables thereby helping them to earn more. Shrivedant Foundation is a non-profit body which hopes to create many such movements which would help locals to switch over to a better and healthy living.
KVC publishes a quarterly newsletter which offers tidbits of information on vegetarianism, interesting recipes, vegan celebrity profiles and other important information of the events happening in Kenya. Those interested in receiving a copy of the newsletter can register by mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter to follow the activities of the club.
The Club promotes tree planting to help save the beautiful forests of Kenya. We need to join together and preserve our wildlife and other national resources for the future of our citizens. Kenya is a country of vegetation and rich with tons of variety of vegetables and fruits. Let’s all pledge to remain vegetarian and help to promote the same across the world.