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The Power of Regeneration -a Beacon of Hope Empowering Female Pastoralists in the Changing World of East Africa

The Journey from Food In-Secure to Empowered and Nourished

Imagine a land parched by years of devastating drought, where elephants and humans compete for dwindling resources. This is the reality for Christine, a young, smart, and energetic pastoralist woman from the Samburu region of Kenya. Christine is living in a special community, a refuge for women only because she was born where the local traditions still mean she grew up threatened constantly by child marriage, FGM, gender violence and oppression that are the accepted norms.

Christine’s story isn’t just about hardship, though– it’s also about the incredible power of regeneration and women’s ability to change their lives when provided with hope and the emancipating tools they need to secure their own agency and autonomy.

The Importance of Outside Support from Donors and Regenerative Farms

Christine’s life took a transformative turn for the good when she unexpectedly got introduced to Regenerative Farms. Her community was offered the chance to participate in a pilot tree-planting project designed to address malnutrition and climate threats uniquely felt by women like her. As a result of a generous donation from the Woka Foundation, Christine received a scholarship to attend a 9-day permaculture design training. She journeyed a long day’s ride by bus to Regenerative Farm’s Regeneration Hub partner, the Drylands Natural Resources Centre, where Christine spent two weeks learning from Nicholas, his team, and the other students. She saw firsthand the benefits that a Regeneration Hub can provide as the DNRC teaches and supports 1000 women agro-pastoralists with lives very similar to Christine’s. The ecosystem is a similar dryland severely limited by lack of rainfall, yet the farmers there had created a lush green oasis capable even of growing bananas. The families raised sunflowers and moringa -the miracle tree known for its exceptional nutritional and medicinal qualities. They were able to press the seeds of these crops in the center’s new oil press, enabling them to save money and earn additional income from the sale of these precious and costly goods.

The DNRC training gave Christine the gift of a lifetime, the chance to learn new skills to help her survive the changes she is experiencing in her environment. She gained skills that provided her with the know-how and confidence in how to plant useful tree crops so she can better feed her children. Regenerative Farms has been supporting Christine and her village as they work to transform the land around them, which has been degraded by many years of unmanaged overgrazing and repeated droughts.

Seeing is believing, and that’s why a Regeneration Hub is so powerful. Visiting the Center allowed Christine to see for herself that it really was possible to restore a severely degraded environment with very little rain, something she wouldn’t have believed before visiting the Centre. The course and visit opened Christine’s eyes to the possibilities of a new way of living in harmony with the land despite the drought. Learning from other women like her unlocked her confidence, showing her for the first time that she possessed the power to change not only her own life but the fate of her entire community.

Thanks to your continued support for Regenerative Farms, Christine wasn’t alone when she returned home with her new knowledge and skills. Regenerative Farms provided the 30 women in Christine’s village with two years of capacity-building assistance and important tools and resources they couldn’t have accessed without our assistance and funding. This gave these women unprecedented access to restoration essentials, including nutritious tree crop seeds and seedlings, and help to install bee fences, an innovation researchers have found can help protect their thousands of new trees from marauding elephants. With the bee fences came an introductory course in beekeeping taught by a local female beekeeper. In Christine’s village the job is a lot tougher than in other places because they are dealing with African bees, known for serious stings and dangerous attacks on both humans and wildlife.

It soon became obvious that a better water conveyance system was needed. The women had to make a mile-long journey to a dangerous river to fetch jerry cans of water multiple times a day to keep their tree seedlings and vegetables watered. It took some time to find the necessary funding. Still, eventually, we were able to add a much-needed sand damn and piped water directly to the village for irrigation provided by a new pump powered by a new solar panel array – all crucial tools for saving the women hours of hand labor and dangerous work (crocodiles live in the river). We are all very pleased the pilot project is working out and starting to improve the community’s nutrition and food security. There are still many threats to success and a long journey ahead to scale up this initial work and we need help to keep the project moving forward.

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Write a succint Trees for Climate Health grant funding proposal summary based on Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) is a locally registered NGO whose primary goal is to promote sustainable development of resources of the drylands regions of Kenya in order to bring about improved livelihoods of the marginalized communities and people living there. The organization equips subsistence farmers in drylands to restore their degraded lands and address the challenges of deforestation, falling agricultural yields, failing livelihood, water scarcity, loss of traditional knowledge and climate variability through permacultural and agro ecological best practices. DNRC Vision is “sustainable and resilient communities in the drylands” While the mission is ‘To promote sustainable development in the drylands of Kenya in order to bring about improved livelihoods of the marginalized communities living there by sharing the best practices and delivering effective program related and not limited to: agroforestry, agro ecology, and permaculture and culture regeneration. Currently working with 800 plus households (about 4,200people) and 12 schools (about 3,000 pupil) in the drylands of Kenya and specifically Makueni County This project will expand DNRC tree planting and agroforestry project by planting 50,000 diverse tree species both in school and farmers farms. This project is scalable by increasing more schools and more farmers to replicate the same in the drylands part of Kenya. Who: Meru tribal pastoralist women in the Drylands of Eastern Kenya History/Objectives: Amount Requested: $10,000 USD The timescale, with any fixed start date: Project is able to start as soon as approval is received (10/23) Total project budget: $15000 ($5000 USD was raised in 2022 from the Woka Foundation and other donors.) The number of participants or households expected to benefit: About 40 pastoralist women and their households. Species list, presentation of findings and training for the women on Nutritional research on locally relevant perennial crops for this is currently being developed by Eric Toensmeier for use in the next phase of tree planting and farmer training.ChatGPT

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Project Title: Trees for Climate Health in Drylands: Empowering Meru Tribal Pastoralist Women

Summary: Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC), a locally registered NGO, is dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the drylands regions of Kenya. DNRC’s mission is to enhance the livelihoods of marginalized communities through practices such as agroforestry, agroecology, and permaculture. Currently, DNRC works with 800 households and 12 schools in Makueni County, Kenya.

This grant proposal seeks $10,000 USD to expand DNRC’s tree planting and agroforestry project, focusing on Meru tribal pastoralist women in the Drylands of Eastern Kenya. The project aims to plant 50,000 diverse tree species in schools and farmers’ farms, with a scalable model to involve more schools and farmers in the region.

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  • Objectives: Expand tree planting and agroforestry initiatives in the drylands, empowering Meru tribal pastoralist women and their households.
  • Timeline: The project can commence immediately upon approval (Starting 10/23).
  • Total Project Budget: $15,000 USD, with $5,000 USD already secured from the Woka Foundation and other donors in 2022.
  • Beneficiaries: Approximately 40 pastoralist women and their households will directly benefit from this project.
  • Species List: A diverse range of tree species will be planted, with a focus on locally relevant varieties.
  • Research and Training: Eric Toensmeier is developing a nutritional research program on locally relevant perennial crops for future phases of tree planting and farmer training.

By supporting this project, we aim to combat deforestation, enhance agricultural yields, promote sustainable livelihoods, mitigate water scarcity, and empower marginalized communities in Kenya’s drylands. Your funding will contribute to a more resilient and sustainable future for these communities and their environment.

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Rewrite this passage making it more concise An “RF-designed syntropic agroforestry food forest” isn’t just a collection of trees; it’s a symbol of hope and resilience. The permaculture-designed system provides for: Resilient livelihoods for thriving, families even in tough times. The tree varieties were explicitly chosen to withstand the harsh drought conditions and to restore degraded soil while addressing malnutrition. Nourishing Families: Boabab, cashew, tamarind, and moringa, were added to acacia. These trees were planted to help provide missing but essential nutrients for a healthier diet for pregnant and nursing women. These trees are high in essential but missing nutrients necessary for good health for Christine, her children, and the entire village. Christine learned she has the power to combat malnutrition that plagues the women and children in her community with a number of preventable maladies. A Natural Defense: Beekeeping offers honey and protects the emerging forest garden from marauding elephants desperate for food. The women were also taught to plant an elephant deterrent moat around the forest, full of chili peppers, ginger, and lavender – strong-scented irritating essential oil crops that elephants avoid. These tools were recommended by elephant researchers working to save elephants from conflicts that arise when they destroy farmer’s crops. This is the Power of Regeneration: Christine reports the women love being farmers. Her village’s story exemplifies the transformative power of your donations. It’s about empowering women like her to become agents of change, not just for themselves, but for their children and their entire community. Imagine the Ripple Effect: In 2024, we aim to replicate this success with Massai women of Kajiado County Kenya through our partnership with the Massai Centre for Regenerative Pastoralism. But we can’t do it without you.ChatGPT

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An “RF-designed syntropic agroforestry food forest” embodies hope and resilience, providing:

  • Resilient Livelihoods: Tree varieties resilient to drought conditions restore degraded soil and combat malnutrition, supporting thriving families even in tough times.
  • Nourishing Families: Boabab, cashews, tamarind, and moringa trees supplement essential nutrients, particularly benefiting pregnant and nursing women and addressing malnutrition in the community.
  • Natural Defense: Beekeeping provides honey and protects the forest garden from elephants, while a moat of chili peppers, ginger, and lavender deters elephant intrusion, which elephant researchers recommend to prevent crop destruction.

This exemplifies the transformative power of your donations, empowering women like Christine to become agents of change within their communities.

Future Goals: In 2024, we aim to replicate this success with Massai women in Kajiado County, Kenya, through our partnership with the Massai Centre for Regenerative Pastoralism. Your support is essential to realizing this vision.

Christine’s Garden of Resiliencea Pathway to Strengthening Samburu Women’s Leadership

Today, Christine is a leader caring for the new food forest farm she helped create in her community. Using her newly acquired knowledge, she’s tirelessly creating a thriving demonstration site showing other Samburu women how to make a food forest garden too. Christine teaches them to share seeds and grow trees from their own nursery but they need help. Accessing tools, irrigation wells, solar panels for energy and pumps is far beyond their means without the support of an outside funder at this stage.

Your Donation Fuels Regeneration:

With your support, we can provide training, resources, and knowledge to empower even more women facing the growing threat of famine due to climate change. Together, we can create a network of resilient communities thriving in harmony with the land and empowered with the tools they need to restore degraded areas.

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