I hope this finds you well and with the best of health. Just want to keep you on the loop and to let you in on Fanya Mambo future plans.
Its been 15 months since the inception of Fanya Mambo and it has certainly proved to be an eventful time. Against a background of major setbacks with our organization that included, delay in getting our certificate,one of us being involved in a major car crash and major catastrophic occurrences in Kenya like the worst drought to hit the horn of Africa in 50 years that resulted in three million Kenyans facing starvation, emergence of Al-Shabaab in Kenya, and major flooding displacing thousands,killing others and triggering fears of worse times to come due to food shortage caused by maize rotting in farms after the prolonged rains, we have as an organization, experienced serious capacity strains. During this trying times, the realization the millions of those who failed, failed because they gave up just when they were about to succeed and knowing that only a child wants what he cant have are what kept us going as an organization. It must be acknowledged then that it is during this period that we managed to evolve from being a program into being a fully registered non-profit foundation on our own.
As a guy known as Will Rodgers famously said, ” Even if you are on the right track, you will be ran over if you just sit there!”. Our primary focus this year therefore should be broadening our focus areas to be able to maximize our potential. Additionally, we need to initiate a number of programs focusing highly on enhancing our sustainability levels. We also need to enhance community participation in our operation areas through ideas like community clean-up exercise while implementing our future projects therefore enabling them get educated on benefits of proper recycling habits.
Gearing Fanya Mambo towards proper sustainability and on our quest to broaden our focus areas, we built using Eco-blocks and opened a small eatery that is currently operational and is slowly picking up in Buruburu, Fanya Mambo is set to benefit as part of the profits will be pumped back to our projects. After finally getting our registration certificate that enables us to initiate community development projects anywhere in the country as opposed to being limited to working in Nairobi only as used to be the case, we recently acquired a six acre piece of land in Nyanza Province that has several clean drinking water springs and a permanent stream. The land is set to be transformed into an Integrated Fish Farm and Appropriate Technologies Center.
Like the African proverb goes…”Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must ran faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up, it knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. it doesn’t matter whether you are a gazelle or a lion. When the sun comes up you better start running!” This is exactly what we are doing, running, running and running. Mid next month, work is set to begin on the creation of the proposed integrated Fish Farm and Appropriate Technologies Center. The first phase of the construction work will include clearing of the property and fencing.
All through the construction period that is set to last for at least 15 months, we will be initiating Eco-friendly construction and farming methods for the betterment of our planet and its future inhabitants. We will construct using the Earth-bag technique,Ferro-cement and Stabilized Soil Blocks building structures like composting toilets, farm ponds, guest houses among others.
We intend to keep you posted on the developments and that’s why i take this opportunity to invite you and your friends too to follow us on this blog as we run through this year.
I leave you with a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, certainly one of the more quotable people who ever passed through this planet. Here is the quotation “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place…. to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”. I share this today because we made it through the past and are in the beginning of the future and we definitely need inspiration as we run hard into the future.
Happy New year and stay blessed!