Passing down environmental knowledge in Kenya

November 21, 2018

by Irene Ojuok, World Vision Kenya

An incredible program in Kenya is harvesting the knowledge of older people in the community and passing it down to the younger generations. In these blog Irene tells us a little more about the women involved in the program  

Genlink Fruit Tree Museum is a community based organization aimed at providing both indigenous and exotic knowledge and resources for environmental development and food security. It was initiated in the year 2013 and located in Nyabera village Suba Sub-County in Homa –Bay County on a 2 acres piece of land. They promote FMNR alongside sustainable farming practices and water harvesting. Within Genlink are an incredible group of older women leading the way in teaching young people sustainable skills for the future.

Where they’re from –  Homabay County, Lambwe Vaireneblogley in Kenya. The project is located along Homa Bay Sindo road, 1.3 km off Nyabera Junction, 4.3 km North of Ruma National Game park, 600m North East of Nyabera Girls Secondary School.

What they’ve been doing – Genlink facilitates exchange activities where knowledgeable old people share forums on environmental education and life skills with children and youth for a sustainable society. During school holidays they have forums to talk you young people on what attached them to environmental conservation.

 Some of the skills include 

  • Community organization and management
  • Low cost construction technology
  • Post harvest technology
  • Community enterprise with special emphasis in
    * Local resources
    * Traditional skills
  • Rural marketing
  • Eco -tourism
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Integrated farming
  • Service and maintenance of farm equipment and machinery
  • Livestock production
  • Food processing and value addition
  • Community nutrition and herbal medicine
  • Empowerment of community vulnerable groups
  • Eco- enviro enterprise education
  • Self employment
  • Youth talent identification and development
  • Water harvesting, softening and supply technology

To read more about the work of Genlink please visit their website