There are a number of projects we are aiming towards implementing in Kenya, all of which have come about through either the expressed desire of our friends in Kenya to learn practical applications of God’s Principles and Laws, or our desire to gift resources when a physical or spiritual need has been recognised. Denise and Wayne, Kerry and I have been in discussions for several months primarily with Esther and Rose, trying to establish how best we can help them meet their basic physical needs of food, water and shelter, whilst also responding to their spiritual learning requests.
Food Water Shelter
All living things have been created in order to bring love to the system. A human’s soul condition (sum total of our beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions) directly impacts their environment, and the environment constantly reflects back the presence, or lack, of love in the system. Every living organism, including Humans, has three basic requirements for survival.
If one of these three elements is missing, abundance is not possible – all three of these basic elements need to be present for life to survive, let alone grow, reproduce and prosper. Any living creature that does not have sufficient amounts of water, food or shelter will struggle to survive. Much more work is required to obtain the three basic elements – particularly if they are not in proximity to each other.
Since humans have direct control over the food, water and shelter supplied to the ecosystem, we must come to understand the relationship and the role specific organisms have in recovery and bringing love back to into the ecosystem.
“If we understand that every little imbalance within the system is the result of the human’s unloving condition, and we understand that everything that is caused by this result of imbalance is the result of the human’s condition not being addressed; then we will attempt to address the human condition as a part of growing an ecosystem that is loving.” (Jesus, 2.6 Creating Loving Ecosystems)
Therefore, balancing physical needs with spiritual growth and learning opportunities is an important consideration in the planning process of assisting people who live in less affluent countries. It is very difficult to learn about God, or spend time self-reflecting on principles of Love and Truth, when your entire day is focused on meeting these three basic requirements.
We have been assisting Esther and Rose, who are caring for Esther’s mother-in-law, Esther’s younger four children, Rose’s six young children and ten orphans. We anticipate that there will be others we meet during our next visit that may be included in this part of the project – potentially the children being supported by Bernard and his community members in the Kuria region. We have established a policy amongst ourselves that any donated funds will not be given until we have personally met and verified the circumstances of the recipients – we feel that is the responsibility of a good steward.
Gifts related to food have included funds for staples – beans, rice, corn or maize. Plus fruit and vegetables. Currently they grow greens such as Khale, and have two well established avocado trees, that bear fruit the size of mangoes – yum!
Projects we would like to implement include;
- Waterless vegetable gardens
- Sourcing and building up a stock of heirloom produce seeds that can be propagated over time and shared with people in their community
- Fruit trees
- Purchase or creation of cooking utensils and sustainable cooking methods suitable for feeding 20-30 people.
- Sourcing and Purchase of Composting worms
- Worm farm set up and Education
- Composting organic material – clothes, food scraps, human poo
- Food funds in the event harvests are inadequate
Access to clean, safe, drinking water is a basic life sustaining requirement that is sadly not available to many millions of people across the globe. Water is not on tap in rural Kenya – for many villagers, its collection involves daily trips back and forth, walking some distance to a natural water course, carrying buckets or containers on their heads or backs.
- Catchment and storage of rain water
- Maintenance free water filtration system – Wayne has created a filter prototype currently being tested that he plans to make accessible for others to build out of local low cost materials. The details of this creation can be viewed on Wayne’s blog.
Shelter includes assisting with things like building mud rendered housing; beds, mattresses, and blankets; clothes and shoes.
Down the track we’d like to set up solar lighting & power.
Currently Esther has three small buildings on her property. Four girls, Esther and Rose sleep in one house (21ft x 18ft ) which also has a small sitting room, six boys sleep on the floor in another house (14ft x 17ft), Esther’s mother-in-law and ten girls sleep in the kitchen house (15ft x 13ft) which has two single beds.
At the time of publishing this post, six additional children have joined Esther and Rose at their home. The kids come from two families, whose parents have passed due to HIV/AIDS. It was already a tight squeeze with 23 people to feed, clothe and shelter, now with the new kids, building a 40ft x 35ft, 65 iron sheet house has become a priority for us. It will cost approximately 113700 Ksh ($1600 AUD), based on the quote we received today.
Farming God’s Way
In April 2019 Esther and Rose were offered the lease on a two acre plot of land 300m from their compound, by one of their neighbours. He wanted to raise funds to send his son to higher education, so offered the girls a four year lease on this parcel of land. This was an opportunity we had been praying for, as we had discussed ways of being able to assist the girls to be able to provide food for themselves, whilst potentially gaining some income from any excess harvest. A venture like this also opened up the opportunity to share principles that govern creating loving ecosystems, soil building and land repair, using human waste (faeces & urine) and weeds as soil conditioners and fertilisers, fertility trenches filled with household organic material, food scraps and the like, all within a farming frame work. It was a practical way to learn about God and demonstrate over time the benefits that come from farming in harmony with His Laws.
Traditionally, cropping and farming in Kenya is very labour intensive. The soils are depleted, ploughed by oxen, and heavy rainfall often washes away topsoil. Chemical fertilisers are applied in the seed hole to boost growth, and very little microbial life is present in the soil. Weeds are routinely removed by hand, and seen as being in competition for the scarce nutrients available. Hybrid seed has to be purchased each year, along with expensive chemical fertilisers, plus paid labour for weeding and ploughing.
Typically they have two planting and harvesting seasons per year; April – August and September – February.
“During harvesting we harvest using our hands, cutting the combs for the case of corn and removing the outer cover and then carry home using bags or buckets to dry and store in sacks. For beans which mature earlier and are about to be harvested we uproot the bean plants with the pods and carry home. At home we dry on the sun which makes the seeds to come out quickly when hitting using a stick or peeling using the hand. Here mostly cows feed on the corn stalks and the green matter after harvest.” Rose July 2019
Through our discussions we could see that farming this way was not sustainable, or cost effective – particularly for this family who did not have a regular income. So we proposed a few ideas based on the principles governing creating loving ecosystems that we had learned over the years that we implement in our own produce garden, hoping that they would translate well to a larger scale plot.
“For anything to flourish, love must be present in the system…God is constantly trying to recover the system…attempting to bring more and more love into the system…Every single living organism ever created has been created to bring more love into the system.” (Jesus, 6.12.2012)
We have introduced concepts related to the Life Principle; the purpose of weeds and sourcing seeds that are able to be propagated, and applying organic matter in the bucket load to cover exposed soil, add structure to the soil, retain water and attract intelligent organisms in to the soil. The initial aim being to utilise waste that is generated daily by twenty-three people, and convert it into free resources for their home vegetable garden and cropping plot.
“The most urgent need right now is the building up of our food-producing soils. We should be pouring into this land green manures, barnyard manures — every type of organic material that will decay in a reasonable time. The method of getting this stuff into the soil and getting it at work will vary with almost every locality. No set rule can be given that will apply to all sections — except that the materials should be poured into the land as fast as conditions will permit, and that we should keep pouring them in until the sponge is there.” Weeds Guardians of the Soil – p93
So rather than uprooting the crop and taking it home to dry, the plant could be chopped off at ground level, leaving the roots in the ground to aerate the soil, provide material that will break down, feed the insect life and absorb water. Seed saving will mean the seed will develop in quality as the soil conditions improve over time, hopefully leading to the generation of a seed stock that can be freely shared and passed down throughout generations.
Whilst these ideas were very different to what they are used to, they were keen to learn more and immediately started experimenting.
The decision was made to gift the funds to lease the land, and since the girls wanted to learn how to farm in harmony with God’s Principles and Laws, we assured Esther and Rose that we would support them during the transition phase moving from traditional farming methods to farming God’s Way, should the crops fail or not yield a good harvest in the first few years. We anticipated the soil quality being very poor; depleted from years of applying commercial fertiliser, ploughing and harvesting, without much life or love being put back into it. Denise, Wayne, Kerry and I all felt this was an important aspect to consider since they are the ones taking all the risk, and their basic needs are depending on the success of the harvest.
The first crop using these methods is due to be harvested in August. A good harvest is measured by generating one sack of corn per kilo of seed. So we’ll see how things go.
Now that we are actively planning a visit to Magena next year we are keen to learn all we can with regards to working with the laws and principles specifically in relation to farming and food production. As a result of our desire, Jesus and Mary have very generously gifted us a week in their busy schedule to show us the projects related to land repair and farming that they currently have underway. We are really looking forward to discussing these concepts, and developing resources illustrating these concepts that can be replicated and shared with farmers who have an interest in sustainable food production and land repair. We are also pretty keen to see Corny’s process of converting one person’s annual human waste into half a tonne of enriched Class A soil. Imagine how much soil twenty-three people in a household could produce each year! Thanks guys – we are so grateful.
The following is a summary of the areas of investigation and assistance we hope to provide prior to and during our visit to Kenya next year.
- Soil life
- Organic Fertiliser – Composting human waste and Urine as a liquid feeder
- Composting organic waste materials, cropping waste, food scraps, compost-able household rubbish
- Tools & Farming Equipment
- Heirloom seeds – planting and collection
- The purpose of weeds in soil repair education
- Crop diversity Education
- Water catchment and water retention on cropping land – development of systems to maximise water usage and prevent run off.
- Land lease and possible Land purchase
Education & Schooling Support
Providing opportunities for children to be educated is high on our priority list. Historically there has been a gender preference for educating boys over girls. Educating girl children is a desire that both Esther and Rose have, they feel that it will help to correct gender inequality, and create opportunities for all children to break the poverty cycle. Educating girls also encourages them to stay in school longer, meaning they are less likely to be married and bear children in their teenage years.
There are two options for mainstream schooling in Kenya – public government run schools and private schools. The issue we have encountered with public schools is that they are generally sponsored by religious organisations. We have had reports from various people, and from our own personal experiences visiting schools in Kenya, that orphan children are treated quite poorly by staff and teachers – we certainly noticed a difference in the way they were treated, even by people who had taken orphaned children into their care, whilst their physical needs may have been met, in that they had clothes, a dry place to sleep and a meal each day, the emotions projected towards orphaned children were intense – Esther was the exception to this observation.
Since the community has become aware of Esther and Rose’s relationship, they and the kids are being mocked, criticised, and accused of being a bad omen by many who worship the Bible.
Esther and Rose feel the children will be treated more fairly at the local Private schools, namely Nyamisaro Private Primary School (600m) and Emesa Private Secondary School (1km).
The following table indicates the estimated cost for sending twenty children (ages 4 -16) to school. The school year begins in September, so we are working our way toward enrolling the kids ready for Term 1.
|Proposed Costs for Education Support:|
|20 Children – 3 Secondary, 17 Primary||KES||AUD|
|Primary||6000 Ksh x 3 Terms||18000||$ 250.00|
|Secondary||18500 Ksh x 3 Terms||55500||$ 774.00|
|Uniforms per child||10580||$ 150.00|
|Cost per child per year:|
|To educate all 20 children:|
|Cost per year||684100||$ 9,563.00|
|Cost per term||228033||$ 3,187.00|
|Cost per month||57008||$ 797.00|
|Average per child per month||2850||$ 39.85|
Bernard from the Kuria region has requested some assistance with learning materials, so we may be able to help out there also when we find out specifically what is needed.
Sharing Divine Truth Material & Technology
This project is dedicated to gifting time and resources for the purposes of sharing and providing Divine Truth material taught by Jesus and Mary Magdalene to those who express a genuine desire to learn about God and God’s way of living.
- We are keen to engage opportunities to share in person, or through email discussions, answering questions generated by materials we have already recommended.
- Printing DT booklets and Translated Divine Love Prayer for those who lack the resources to care for and manage electronic devices
- USB HDD loaded with the current volume of DT teachings for those who already have access to a laptop or computer.
- mp3 audio listening devices
- portable solar panels for recharging electronic devices gifted, portable solar battery banks, Bluetooth waterproof, dust proof portable speakers
- Samsung smart phone, SIM and monthly data packages for ease of communication and access to online Divine Truth material
- Creating weatherproof universal language instructional charts for teaching God’s Principles as they relate to environmental recovery, farming and personal relationship with God.
- Translation of key DT principles for those who do not understand English
- Development of DT teaching resources for school children
- Demonstration of God’s Principles as applied to aspects of daily living
We will be having more discussions about how to best implement these ideas, when we meet up with Jesus, Mary, Wayne and Denise at the end of July. We are super excited about what we are learning as we prepare and plan – the growth opportunities for ourselves personally by engaging projects such as these are a gift, and we feel hopeful for the potential change these projects could make in the lives of our Kenyan friends and their communities.
A record of Donation and Expenditure Summaries can be viewed on the Financial Records page under Kenya Projects. We feel it is important to collate this data and make it publicly available so that others may gain insight into the preparation and costs involved should they be inspired or desire to assist people and give gifts in other parts of the world.
Kerry and I, and more recently, Wayne and Denise have been funding these projects, research and future plans with our own personal resources, and we are very happy to do so. If you would like to become involved, or wish to donate to any of these projects, details of how to contact us are available on the Donations & Gifts page.
Author: Paige Willoughby