October Kaswanga Farm Report
The Kaswanga Community Farm is currently supporting 59 families on Rusinga Island. The farm has also helped to feed many orphans from the Kaswanga community and many others coming from surrounding areas who come to learn at the Children of Hope School in Kaswanga.
We have a leased piece of land of which approximately 4 acres is fenced, irrigated and equipped with a tool shed and toilet. The remaining portion of the leased land (approximately 3.4 acres) remains unfenced and is not being irrigated. The fenced portion of land is planted and harvested 4 times a year. There the families grow tomatoes, potatoes, sorghum and sukumi wiki (a leafy green similar to kale). The unfenced portion is only used during the rainy season and corn is planted there.
Thanks to the donation of a very generous donor, in June of 2012 an adjacent portion of land (approximately 7.1 acres) was purchased to further our goal of helping the village of Kaswanga to be self-sustainable.
It is our goal that within the next two years we will be able to raise enough funds to fence the entire piece of owned land, provide it with irrigation, a tool shed and toilet. We also hope to build a fish pond on the property where the families could harvest fish several times a year to sell to pay for the upkeep of the property.
Our goal to finish all projects on the new land is $9,000. We hope to raise this in no more than 2 years.
October Featured Family of Kaswanga
Rosemary Adhiambo, 26 years old, is a single mother of two. Teddy and Bob are her two sons who both go to the Children of Hope School and they live in Kaswanga. Rosemary has been actively involved in the Kaswanga farm project since 2011. Since that time she has been able to raise food for her family and to earn a small amount of money to buy things such as corn & eggs to supplement her family’s diet. She has also been able to buy shoes for her children and pay for their minimal school fees.
Rosemary is very grateful for the continued generous support of everyone who has helped and is helping to make this project possible.
The tremendous impact that this project has had on the lives of the people of Kaswanga is overwhelming and tremendous to see. Thank you all so much for your support and look for monthly stories about the people whos lives have been changed by this project.