ActionAid Kenya (AAK) in partnership with Kenya Power and Lighting Corporation (KPLC) is implementing three projects that are biased towards environmental conservation and mitigation of climate change in various parts of Kenya. The projects are;
- Rain water harvesting in schools
- School feeding programme
- Community tree nurseries
Rain water harvesting in schools involves the use of classroom roofs to provide clean and most convenient source of water supply. We will also construct gutters and provide tanks and associated fittings in 15 schools in Nairobi, Eastern and Nyanza provinces.
Target schools selection AAK field staff identified 10 schools in Eastern and Nyanza that need the water harvesting, while KPLC identified five needy schools in Nairobi.
The School Feeding program keeps the students in school and allows them to pursue their education. With the provision of food for boarding schools means creating safe haven for girls from domestic chores and other traditional harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and forced early marriages which are rampant in the area. Provision of food equally boosts the rate of enrolment.
One of the key factors that have led to persistent drought among others is the loss of forest cover the country has experienced since independence. Forests play an important role in contributing to the food. The rivers that emanate from the forests have been used both by farmers and pastoralist as a source of water both for farming and animal husbandry. The current forest cover in the country is 2‐3% according to the Kenya forest service which falls way below the recommended minimum of 10%.
The community tree planting project encouraged the local communities in Kieni, Narok and Mt Elgon to develop tree nurseries and encourage tree planting in the farms, schools and the neighbouring forest.