EWFandW Sponsors NECC Projects

EWFandW is deeply grateful to all its enthusiastic supporters of Ndabibi Environmental Conservation Centre. Your gift for general support and education at the Centre is always welcomed, always put to good use.

Should you wish, however, to direct your gift to a specific NECC project which perhaps affords you more personal “ownership,” following are several pressing initiatives.

Initiative #1: The Need to Continue the Water Friendly Farmers Initiative at Ndabibi Environmental Conservation Centre (NECC)

This critical initiative reinforces Josphat Macharia’s mission to promote self-help and poverty reduction in rural Kenya. The programme is organized in groups of 10 adults, typically poor subsistence farmers from the Naivasha Lake basin. Village chiefs from the region hold forums where Josphat explains his farm and his programme to prospective students. Participants are then identified and interviewed. Josphat selects those most in need of training in modern-day and innovative sustainable agriculture practices. Each farmer must have a farm and promise to train 10 others.

Each group of 10 farmers lives onsite at NECC from Sunday afternoon to the following Saturday afternoon’s course graduation. In addition to training, NECC supplies transportation, three meals a day and accommodation for six nights.

Promote NECC’s mission of self-help and poverty reduction with your support of one farmer for a full six-day course at $130 USD – or a full six-day course for all ten farmers at $1,300 USD.

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Initiative #2: The Need to Grow the Youth Training Programme at Ndabibi Environmental Conservation Centre (NECC)

In Kenya, rural families and communities suffer the adverse effects of deforestation, destruction/depletion of natural resources, overpopulation and HIV/AIDS every day. Through continued use of antiquated farming practices, villagers have exhausted the once rich soils of their farms and have devastated the local forests in search of firewood for cooking and heating.

NECC sees education as the first step towards improving the quality of life for rural Kenyans. By educating today’s younger generation it is investing in their future. The goal is to help families learn to preserve their land and resources, support and feed themselves, and keep their children in school. In NECC’s view, education, poverty reduction and self-help are essential to progress.

The three-unit Programme curriculum stresses best practices in sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation. Groups of 10 participate in sequential one-week training sessions during April, August, and December, the three school vacation months in Kenya. Each group is comprised of boys or girls in the same age bracket, from either primary or secondary school.

The cost per child to attend the Youth Training Programme for one week is $130 USD. This includes instruction, housing, three meals a day, and caretaking such as toiletries and medical attention.

Enrich the life of a community by sponsoring one (or more) child(ren) in the Youth Training Programme at just $130 USD per week — or $390 USD for the full three-week regimen.

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Thanks to wonderful friends the cutting-edge irrigation system at NECC is up and running

With a goal of $21,500, two generous donors offered to match gifts, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000 to put into place a cutting-edge irrigation system at Ndabibi Environmental Conservation Centre (NECC). With the addition of a dam, drip irrigation and two greenhouses Josphat Macharia, NECC’s director, is now able to cultivate two acres of farmland year-round providing 80%-90% of all produce he needs. This will allow precious resources to be used for new programming.

Every year NECC feeds three meals a day to more than 1,000 overnight students and visitors. Josphat estimates he serves nearly 9,000 meals annually and provides snacks to 1,300 elementary and secondary school children who visit the Centre for day classes.

The enhanced solar energy system at NECC was completed in 2016

With thanks to seven dedicated and generous friends the enhanced solar energy system at NECC is a reality! The solar array includes 12 additional panels and six storage batteries, much needed at the Centre due to growing energy demands including:

  • increased overnight stays by eco-minded guests

  • partnerships with foreign schools and universities that bring student groups to the Centre for a week or more at a time

  • the Youth Training Programme that brings groups of young people to the Centre for three one-week training protocols

  • the Water Friendly Farmers initiative that brings groups of 10 adults to NECC for six-day training sessions

Solar refrigerator arrived at NECC in 2016

Thank you to our board members and our many friends for funding the solar refrigeration project. Refrigeration is most uncommon in rural Kenya. NECC’s new refrigerator has been installed and operates with three dedicated solar panels and a battery. We are grateful for your continued support of NECC projects and programmes toward a sustainable future.