Friends of Earth Wind Fire and Water have funded these projects at NECC:
- the original classroom equipped with TV monitor, DVD player and gas generator (for viewing videos)
- the first two solar panels and storage batteries (adding electricity to the Centre)
- the outreach van (carrying Josphat’s vision and mission to surrounding communities)
- a “living” fence (securing the compound and farm)
- an 18,052 gallon water retention tank (providing a reliable water source all year)
- a fixed-dome biogas digester (cooking with methane gas)
- a solar hot water system (heating more than 300 liters a day)
- a solar refrigerator (refrigeration is most uncommon in rural Kenya)
- the Youth Training Programme (10 youngsters participate in three sessions each year during the three school holidays)
- the Water Friendly Farmers initiative (retraining adult farmers in sustainable agriculture)
- 12 solar panels added to the solar array with six new storage batteries (enhancing the electricity capacity at the Centre)
- a cutting-edge irrigation system including a dam, alluvial pan, raised water tank, two greenhouses and drip-irrigation (keeping two acres of farmland productive year-round)
- two solar pumps (circulating water in the new aquaponics system)
Education at the Centre
- More than 41 programmes are offered at the Centre.
- All NECC lessons are combined with an HIV/AIDS prevention segment.
- Over the past 10 years, 5,000 youth have been educated at the Centre.
- 4,000 adults have visited the Centre for lessons and practicums.
- Through the Youth Training Programme, 300 young people have been educated in sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation best practices since 2010.
- The successful Water Friendly Farmers initiative retrains adult farmers and boasts more than 200 farmers currently implementing what they learned at the Centre.
Outreach and Community Service
- Josphat has taken his vision and message to communities as far away as 200 km.
- Josphat’s wife, Tabitha, serves as his essential partner in operating the Centre, a partnership model uncommon in Kenyan culture.
- 18 tribes living in the Ndabibi region have been served by NECC.
- NECC has taught sustainable agriculture to more than 5,000 people in 50 villages.
- The apiary at NECC houses 14 beehives. Honey, a traditional medicine, is sold to the villagers. The bees are pollinators, especially important to a farm such as NECC.
- Josphat works with pastors and primary school teachers to spread an environmental “self-help” message.
- Over the past 10 years, NECC has been responsible for the acquisition and planting of more than one million tree seedlings in schoolyards, communities and the Eburru Forrest. More than 130,000 were planted in 2015 alone.
- NECC has partnered with World Vision to educate 500 women on unhealthy cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and early marriage.
- Construction of a kitchen providing improved nutrition and diet at the World Vision hostel for rescued girls in Ndabibi Kipkonyo was made possible through a joint effort by World Vision, friends of NECC and local communities.
- NECC has attracted international attention through partnerships with the University of Leicester in the UK, and the University of the Arts, and St. Lawrence University in the United States.
- Groups of 50 students from the agricultural Birka School in Sweden visit NECC twice a year to observe and learn organic farming practices.
- The Amani Institute brings trainees and trainers to NECC from some 27 countries.
On a personal level the Gast and Macharia families have created their own cultural exchange:
- In 2011 and again in 2016, Josphat visited America to share ideas on sustainable agricultural with like-minded groups and to raise funds for future projects at the Centre.
- in 2008, 2013 and 2016, the Gasts visited Josphat, Tabitha and family to witness first-hand the full scope of NECC’s achievements and the measurable impact of Josphat’s energy, diligence and wisdom on surrounding communities and their leaders
- during the Gasts’ 2013 visit they were honored to be “Best Couple” at Josphat and Tabitha’s Anglican Church marriage in Ndabibi, albeit 21 years and three wonderful children after their traditional Kikuyu ceremony
Josphat visited Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell during his 2011 visit to the U.S. He lectured, learned, and exchanged current concepts on sustainable farming/environmental best practices while also thanking and engaging donors.