Perhaps one of the greatest life challenges facing families in Kager is year round food security. In times of harvest (two growing seasons a year), food is plenty. But in the times in between, families are often faced with seasonal famine and higher food prices. Add to this the challenge of water security during times of drought (there is one long and one short rainy season in Kenya), many of the poorer families in Kager may survive on 1 meal a day for four to five months a year. To help secure yearlong food supply, the Jubilee Village Project began the FAITH Gardens ...
ECOTECH BUILDING A NEW FUTURE
During Village Visit 6 in October 2010, Housing & Shelter Global Partner, John McKenzie, noticed that much of the new construction being done in Kager was using fire-cured bricks. Team Indiana Leader, Ned Campbell, had also started doing research on an emerging brick technology being promoted by Makiga Engineering (Nariobi) called Interlocking Soil Stabilized Bricks or "ISSB". These bricks can be made with a soil and cement mix and requre no firing, thereby making them very eco-friendly. In addition, they have an interlocking design which means they can use far less expensive mortar and be built with ...
Kager is a rural village in the Homa Bay District, Nyanza Province in western Kenya. The village of Kager faces the similar challenges that tens of thousands of other rural village in Africa confront each and every day: food scarcity, poor access to safe drinking water, high prevalence of disease (malaria, HIV/AIDS) and lack of jobs. The major challenge of Kager village is the level of poverty, which leaves most villagers struggling to bring food on the table, bring up families and take children to school. Farmers lack farm training and have no access to working capital to boost their production. ...
WALK FOR WATER 2013
It's come to be known to many as "yellow bucket yellow". It's not the wimpy pale yellow of Easter eggs. It's not the hot neon yellow of a highlighter. It's the unique color of buckets and jerry cans carried by millions of African women and children to fetch and carry water each and every day of their life. It's the unique color of poverty, a symbol for the struggle of daily existence and the burden of every day living. But on July 27 in downtown Indianapolis, it became the color of hope, a symbol of compassion and generosity for hundreds of people. "Yellow bucket yellow" was ...
The goal of the JOY Kitchens flagship program is to improve the lives of women and families of Kager village by introducing and providing households with simple household solutions, including: Improved Stove Fireless Basket Cooker Solar Lantern Safe Water Storage Tree Seedlings Over the course of one year, the JOY Kitchens Women are trained on each of the simple household solutions: how to use them, the household issues they address, and the benefits they will provide them and their families. After each module of training, one of the solutions is distributed to the women; follow-up sessions are conducted to ensure the full benefits are gained with the ...
The Kager Community Center Expansion has been completed after almost one year of construction and start-up activities. The expansion includes: Fully-functional cyber café with high-speed internet and 4 computer workstations Kochia Christian Resource Center (library and reading room) Two secured offices for JVP activities Storage area for community projects Two “community porches”... [Read more]
As we near the last days of 2013, I know of no better way the Jubilee Village Project and our supporters could close the year than to receive the following email and pictures from David Kayando, Lead Village Champion, giving us an update on the Community Safe Water System project: Hello Friends, Greetings in the name of the Lord. I am sure you have had an amazing week with the joy of celebrating and... [Read more]
It’s come to be known to many as “yellow bucket yellow”. It’s not the wimpy pale yellow of Easter eggs. It’s not the hot neon yellow of a highlighter. It’s the unique color of buckets and jerry cans carried by millions of African women and children to fetch and carry water each and every day of their life. It’s the unique color of poverty, a symbol for... [Read more]
This is a message received from David Kayando, Lead Village Champion, on December 27, 2012: “Greetings to you all in Jesus most Holy Name. It is again my privilege and honor to share with you about the Sugar Benevolent program, a ministry JVP has been able to carry out the last four years. One thing that marvels me most is how God begins something from a master seed view point and let it... [Read more]
One image imprinted on our brains at the Walk For Water was the Yellow Bucket. It showed up all over downtown Indy, it was the instigator of more than one joke, and it made an impression on a whole lotta’ folks who wanted to know what in the world was going on with those big things on our heads! Certainly 200 yellow buckets parading around Monument Circle and to the Canal raised a question... [Read more]
We have launched Walk For Water 2012 — One Day. One Walk. One Village. 200 Walkers to raise $150,000 in one day to fund a 3-year Community Safe Water Program for the village of Kager. Learn more at: www.walk-for-water.org Read More →
Hello Friends, Greetings to you in Jesus Name. I am glad that we have all come into the month of May 2012 with a much more renewed strength and energy to serve our Lord through the ministry of JVP. I am personally grateful to each of you for such a great support in prayer and words of encouragment during the month of April which was like hell to me with the withheld medical container at the port... [Read more]
One of the first community programs started by the Jubilee Village Project was the Model Farms program in February 2009. Now, three years later, the program has expanded from 4 farmers with 4 acres and one crop (maize) to 22 farmers with 27 acres and four crops (maize, sorghum, beans and groundnuts). Now having finished the sixth growing season (short rains 2011, August to December), the program has... [Read more]
As part of Village Visit 8, Keith O’Dell introduced the idea of “aquaponics” (integrated gardening and fish raising) to two young men of the village, John Ongondo and Samwel Orenda, as one of the Innovation Projects. These two men have fully seized vision for this innovation and have taken full ownership to move it from and idea to a pilot project. Following are a testimony received... [Read more]
You always hear the word “life-changing” bandied about when talking about a trip to Africa. Well, that’s because it is! Karon Teaching Under A Tree Who knew that a simple hand-written letter could change a life so drastically. That’s how Village Visit #7 came about, with a “simple” pen-pal relationship. After arranging for the 250ish students at my school to exchange pen-pal... [Read more]Read More Posts From This Category »