After school and at weekends, Naaman started to learn from Peter and soon saw the benefits.
“I have seen our trees grow bigger and we also get fruit to eat such as guava, avocado and other local wild fruits,” Naaman marvels.
With the new methods they’ve learnt, Pamela and Naaman’s last maize harvest filled three and a half bags of maize, rather than the usual two.
With better soil, they’re getting more food, and Pamela is in a better position to feed her children, and make sure they can go to school.
Unleashing the underground forest
To celebrate World Environment Day, the UN and World Vision are hosting an online immersive experience and expert discussion on the techniques Naaman and others are using to restore the earth.
Register here to join us on 4 June at 12noon (BST).
World Vision is also working with communities in Mandera, in north-east Kenya. This is an area that has always struggled with drought. Climate change has been making it worse though, with dry spells becoming more frequent and more intense. Consequently, when rains do come – and they’re more intense than ever – the parched ground simply can’t absorb it, causing more damaging floods.
As part of a project funded by the European Union, World Vision is working with Mandera’s communities in a similar way to Nyatike. One coping mechanism is to collect rainwater by building large ‘earth pans’, or reservoirs. These not only collect rainwater for use during the dry season, but they also help to reduce the risks of flooding.