Project for 2005

 At the Kennington Overseas  Aid annual selection meeting on January 13th we had a difficult choice to  make. All three projects proposed by different charities were very worthwhile, and were discussed in depth, but in the end we could only choose one.  The majority vote was for the proposal from the International Development Programme of the Henry Doubleday Research Association to support two villages in Bura township, Kenya, to produce ‘green’ products from ‘greened’ deserts.

Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA)

    HDRA is Europe’s largest organic membership organisation, dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming, and food production. Within the organisation, the International Programme promotes and facilitates organic agriculture appropriate to small-scale farmers in developing countries, in order to improve food security and environmental resilience in those regions.

    The project will support two villages in Bura district, eastern Kenya, to develop an income-generating project using the hardy, drought-resistant ‘tree of the poor’ Prosopis. The aim is to encourage and enable these two villages (and so others) to value, manage and plant more such trees for the dual impact of halting the degradation of arid lands and increasing local living standards. The opportunity for developing the local economy would bring a host of wider benefits, including the stabilisation of local communities and reduced out-migration.

Full Proposal (Word)
If you would like a printed copy of the full proposal, please phone  Brenda Groth, KOA Chairman, at  739229.