Farmers training

Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area

The Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Project For the Youth Empowerment Through the Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area which had its Grant Contract signed on 26th January 2015,

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2013/2014

Title

Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Project For the Youth Empowerment Through the Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area

Date

4th  March,  2015

Location

Misuuni Village,  Kashiani District,  Machakos County

Project title

The Project For the Youth Empowerment Through the Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area

Amount

US$ 80,569  (approx. Kshs 7.2 Million)

Attendance

  • H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada– The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
  • Mr. Godfrey Omonding - Deputy County Commissioner ( D.C Kathiani ), (to represent Machakos County Governor)
  • Ms. Pricilla Bidengo Arunga - Machakos County Director  of Agriculture
  • Mr. Benjamin Munyithia - Kathiani Sub-County Agricultural Officer
  • Officials from Local Government
  • The management and staff of Misuuni Development Self Help Group
  • The community members of Misuuni Village
  • Total of about 400 participants

Main activity

The Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Project For the Youth Empowerment Through the Establishment of Greenhouse in Misuuni Area which had its Grant Contract signed on 26th January 2015, was held in Kathiani, Machakos County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.

The grant Contract availed funds to be used for the establishment of 4 greenhouses inclusive of drip irrigation system, construction of a water tower, an office and 2 toilets, among others.  The objective of this project is for the Misuuni area youth and community empowerment. 

Misuuni Development Self Help Group was established in 2007 for the purpose of empowering the rural community for sustainable livelihood. In 2009, they successfully completed the Musuuni Community Water Project which enabled the community to access to the water.

A large proportion of Kathiani District is arid and semi-arid.  Droughts are frequent and crops fail in one out of every two seasons. While there is ample land, farmers tend to grow crops that are not suitable for the amount of rainfall. The difficult conditions of sustaining life through farming resulted in the youth’s negative attitude towards agriculture.

The ground breaking ceremony included planting of trees and entertainment by the members of the Misuuni community.  There were also speeches by officials who expressed their gratitude to the people and Government of Japan for the promising youth and community empowerment greenhouse project. They promised to make the project a success and welcome the Ambassador Terada to the Misuuni community again at the time of completion.

While giving his remarks, H.E. Mr. Terada congratulated the organization for their success in getting the grant and holding a ground breaking ceremony to initiate the project.  He urged the community to work together for the successful completion of the project and promised to be back to Misuuni in future to see the harvests.  

At the end of his remarks, Ambassador Terada mentioned the prime minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe’s speech made last year that stressed on the government of Japan’s willingness to implement greater and generous assistance to African countries especially on education and empowerment of women and the youth.

 

Akathiani community Project

 

Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Mr Tatsushi Terada on March 4, 2015 oversaw the ground breaking ceremony of a GGP funded project for youth empowerment in Misuuni village, Kathiani District in Machakos County. The project, a brainchild of Misuuni Development Self Help Group in Kathiani Sub-county within Machakos County, has received a USD 80,569 (approximately Sh. 7.2 million) grant from the Government of Japan through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) to fund the establishment of four greenhouses in Misuuni village.

The grant contract was signed by the Japanese Ambassador to Kenya and Misuuni Development Self Help Group Chairperson Mr John Ndolo Kitonyi on January 26 at the Embassy of Japan in Nairobi.According to the Ambassador, the projected establishment of four greenhouses in the area will also include installation of a drip irrigation system, construction of a water tower, an office and two toilets, installation of a solar power panel, electric generator, water distribution piping system and four water tanks.

“A large proportion of Kathiani District is arid and semi-arid. Droughts are frequent and crops fail in one out of every two seasons. While there is ample land, farmers tend to grow crops that are not suitable for the little amount of rainfall,” Mr Terada observed as he addressed members of public at Misuuni Development Self Help Group grounds.He also said that the difficult conditions of sustaining life through farming resulted in the youth’s negative attitude towards agriculture, citing that many young people in the area are jobless and their behavior has deteriorated, forcing them to engage in vices.

“I congratulate Misuuni Self Help Group for having received the GGP grant and for embarking on the greenhouse project. I also encourage the representatives and Misuuni community at large to participate actively in the project for its successful completion in good time and for the improvement of the living conditions of the entire community,” the ambassador said.

He quoted a message the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized last year that, “The future of Africa hinges upon motivated young people who overcome difficulties through their own power. In Africa, the young population continues to increase. If we can reveal a bright future to young people, the future of Africa will without doubt also become bright.”Misuuni Self Help Group was established in 2007 for the purpose of empowering the rural community for sustainable livelihood. In 2009, they successfully completed the Misuuni Community Water Project which enabled the community to access water easily and conveniently.

The Japanese Ambassador was accompanied by Embassy’s Project Consultant Ms Rumiko Kashihara who said that they receive more that 400 grant applications from community-based organizations all over the country but are able to fund only 10 of them annually making it very competitive.The Government of Japan has been providing funds to local non-profit organisations through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989.