WHAT WE DO
In Kenya, over 70% of the population is employed in Agriculture. The majority of the people in rural areas own land. However, it is heartbreaking to find some families, especially the widows and child-headed families who cannot efficiently farm their land because they lack of sufficient water to practice farming, lack of proper seeds and lack of information on the best farming practices. As a result, farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their families, leading to many rural communities needing food aid. This restricted diet has led to many children becoming malnourished, which affects both their physical and mental development. Women spend many hours looking for water, which severely restricts the amount of land they are able to cultivate.
Community Initiative for rural development (CIFORD Kenya) is a community based organization (CBO) that promotes sustainable agriculture through participatory and innovative practices, including organic farming. The organization provides training in sustainable methods particularly for small scale farmers in the in Meru County especially in Tigania east and west.
- Helps farmers Access to the best seeds for arid or semi-arid areas land and climate
- Training in the better land management
- Building business skills so farmers collectively plan what they grow and when and where to sell it for maximum income
- Empowering women to have a greater say in decisions that affect their lives
- Demonstrating agronomic practices and technologies in group plots used as training sites.
- Provision of water tank
Fighting Female Genital Mutilation
FGM is often condemned by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), governmentsand other opponents as evidence of deep-seated ‘barbaric’cultural beliefs that must beswept away if FGM is to be eradicated. In rural Meru community especially in Tigania east and Tigania west, many girls are forced to undergo FGM by their parents in the hopes of securing a higher dowry – girls uncut are believed to be more promiscuous. Others are forced by their family in the name of ‘tradition’, an act without which she would be shunned in her village
Reasons for fighting againist FGM
- FGM pose numerous threats to the girls:
- FGM carries with it serious health consequences such as infection, infertility, difficulties during childbirth and bleeding to death.
- FGM is so often the first step towards girls being forced into early marriage.
- FGM terrifies at-risk girls. Upon reaching adolescence many young women run away from home to escape their cutting ceremony.
- FGM is an issue tightly connected to the position of women in society.
Methods CIFORD Kenya are adopting to fight FGM in Meru County.
- Alternative rites of passage for girls
- Involvement of Men and Boys in the fight of FGM
- Regular Training on the dangers of FGM
- Involvement of the local authority and council of elders in the fight of FGM
- Use of Media to Fight FGM
CIFORD Kenya conduct health promotion on prevention and control of health complications at the community level which include
- Community health promotion on sanitation and hygiene, Prevention and control of communicable and none-communicable diseases.
- Adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) in schools, during Alternative rites of passage and community level.
- Improving on the health seeking behaviors of the young mothers, pregnant mother and vulnerable groups by training them maternal and child health, nutrition and reproductive health.
- Partnership with institutions offering health activities to the community to deliver some services like family planning services, medical camps for cancer and other non-communicable diseases screening.