Volunteers in Tsavo – October

Recently, I led two remarkable volunteer teams to our Tsavo Project in Kenya, joined by Advisory Board Members, Tracy Williams, Ian Mitchell, and Colin Smith. The value of having a supportive team and not being alone in my work is tremendous. Being close friends, having them work closely on-the-ground with me on project development has deeply encouraged me, while the results of their input have moved the project forward significantly.

On the last trip, as I was standing on top the mountain above the Global Angels Farm, I could see our land, water pans, office, mill and chicken houses, shade houses and crops ready for harvest. I was freshly envisioning the transformation we are working to bring to the community through sustainable farming principles, reversing land degradation, developing water harvesting and storage resources, training and inspiring the local farmers and families.

I felt the heavy weight of the needs of the community, the serious drought, the discouragement of facing so many “battles” and difficulties here personally, such as endemic corruption, along with some people actively trying to sabotage our community work. I also felt a strong “knowing” that as we find the way to make it through, our success here will provide opportunities for other communities around the world to thrive. The discouragement lifted and my determination to keep going was strengthened.
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Colin, brought with him two teams of executives from the Robert Walters Group, flying in from London, Scotland, New Zealand, Paris, New York, Philippines, and Indonesia. As official photographer sponsored by Robert Walters group, Afshin has been documenting the progress of our work in Tsavo since early 2018, capturing many precious moments and experiences of our volunteers and members local community. These two trips have proved to be our best so far with volunteers enjoying life changing experiences as they worked alongside local women and young men on the Global Angels Farm. Activities included carrying heavy jerry cans collected from far away water pans to give to local families, digging trenches to divert water to our water pans and helping with our school feeding programme.
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One of the highlights of the last trip was having the volunteers work alongside our team to build beautiful and practical chicken houses on the farms of two local families. Made with bricks, the buildings are solid and long-lasting, not vulnerable to termites.
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Each trip shows us the value of taking volunteers and executives with us to Tsavo, both for the community and for themselves. You can see a glimpse of the impact on Afshin’s face below as he joins in the fun with the children and teachers at the school.
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I am convinced that we are on the frontlines of climate change and that if we can successfully unlock and model the secrets of creating and developing sustainable farm and water solutions here in Tsavo, we are developing and providing long term solutions for the planet. One of our aims is to become completely self-sustaining and water sufficient year-round ourselves and to help the community to be the same over the next years. It’s a huge project but starts with us on our farm.

Our next very real need is to repair a huge whole in our largest water pan from the previous rains and to build extra concrete silt traps and spillways to protect the dams and land below us in the event of too much rain. Please let me know if you would like to help us with that or donate by clicking on the link, HERE.