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GVDA 05/2 KENIA Location: Rift Valley - Kitale Region: Trans Nzoia County AGRICUTURE/EDUCATION 03/05/2018 23/05/2018

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BACKGROUND

Manor House Agricultural Centre (MHAC) is a Non profit Charitable Organization established in 1984 to promote Bio intensive Agriculture (BIA) for improving livelihoods among Kenyan communities. BIA for improving livelihoods  among Kenyan communities. BIA is an ecological smallholder farming system which increases yields 2-4 times per unit land area more than in conventional methods. Manor House promotes the farming technology (BIA) through; training, research and extension.

MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Seed bed  preparation (manual with hand garden tools) – deep soil preparation (Double- digging) Manual compost making, making of liquid manure for small holder use.

Agro-forestry and nursery management/ grafting, planting: close spacing in diagonal offset in rows by hand in BIA beds, companion planting and crop rotation, practical non-chemical pest and disease management, identification, extraction and establishment of herbs for pest and disease management in crops, the village seed selection and saving of open pollinated crops (indigenous vegetables), mix farming farms, the rural indigenous chicken rearing system (free range), making a bee hive (langstroth and Kenya top bar hive)

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay in the hostel, Accommodations are very simple, there is running water, electricity and meals will be prepared by team of volunteers. Beds and Mattresses will be provided. Volunteer to carry; mosquito nets, sleeping bag, a pillow and water purifying tablets. Chess, playing cards and tents are not necessary.

Volunteers Skills and Interests

We are seeking motivated volunteers who have experience in one or more of the following access; environmental, education community development, public teaching, sciences, conservation, event planning, fundraising and grant writing. The ideal volunteer is natural, flexible, patient, self-motivated; creative, culturally competent adapts to new environments easily, and possesses a sense of humor.

Project Fees

250 EUROS which includes project work, housing, all Meals, transport from the airport pick up/return and to the project site, and 24 hours on side staff support.

Orientation

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 2ndMay2018 at GVDA offices and you will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation will be conducted by GVDA staffs, coordinator and cover everything you need to know about your project placement. Introduction to Kenya and Bukusu /Luhya, Bukusu /Luhya customs, language and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Kenya, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Leisure activities

 

Most of our free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members and the other volunteers on the project. The volunteers can also visit Kitale Museum/ treasures of Africa (artifacts) Kitale & Kapenguria heroes cells, visit Mt. Elgon National Park to see wild animals, Climb Mt. Elgon.