First Brosis Farm Update
Miss the original story about launching a farm at the Brosis School? Read it here.
I've been really happy seeing some of the status updates from the headmaster of Brosis, Abel Siro, about the progress they've been making with the farm. Harvesting tomatoes and wheat in order to help feed the students, this was the plan all along.
I wanted to share that good news with you and also make a point about the sustainability aspect of this project.
I can't tell you how challenging managing the farm has been. The land is not sloped, so water stagnates and causes damage to crops. Tedious manual labor to dig trenches to funnel the water has been performed voluntarily, almost entirely by one of the student's parents, as well as by Abel.
Sustainability is always my central focus. For this reason, it's so important to have local ownership of your project, otherwise it can be treated as a handout and fizzle out. If we didn't have local ownership of the farm project, all this volunteer labor would not have been put into it, nor would have extra crops been bought to replace those that were lost during flooding.
And the way to this kind of ownership is through the heart. With love. Through friendship.
In that respect, I was very fortunate meeting Abel. He has a heart of gold. His service to these children and his community is a universal lesson in heartfelt sacrifice and generosity.
For these reasons and more, we become very good friends, especially during my weekly visits to his home on Sunday for dinner. This friendship was at the center of everything we worked on at Brosis and key for those projects continuing to take flight after my departure from Nairobi.
Continue to the next update about the Brosis farm.