BACK FROM AN HAPPY JOURNEY
that revolve around you, that you find them everywhere and that you would like to embrace one by one as you did in the early years of this project but that now is practically impossible.
smiles, greetings, little voices that sing, laugh, play and live happily in this place lost in the savannah.
It's a miracle and I cannot hardly believe it, it's amazing but IT'S ALL TRUE!!!
My last trip to Kibora was a real explosion of joy, of emotion, of important reflections, of events and confirmations
exemption of customs fees
Logistics situation: So, today we have 435 students, divided into 9 classes and 10 teachers. Every day, from Monday to Friday.
We need to add 1 new teacher by the end of the year, considering that we will have a new classroom in 2019, the Primary Standard 6, and 2 other support teachers for all the others.
Many classes urgently need to be "refurbished". Practically they should be painted again and with a new criterion to prevent excessive wear by children and red dust. Of course we will have to add new toilets,too.
Starting today SCHOOL SUPPORT is our fundamental priority.
You have read about how the situation has evolved. Beyond the happiness and pride of having all these children, all of this involves a major increase in operating expenses.
The three new teachers, the new toilets, the refurbishing of the old classes, the construction of the new class and the need for 25 new desks, all this will be a monthly extra cost to manage.
You all know that our only monthly entry is about the 20 euro support. Unfortunately, today what we collect thanks to our donors is no longer enough, so all our efforts will be directed towards the acquisition of new school adoptions. Please, please all of us to give us a hand, doing our best to help us get new donors.
A new web page will cover this topic, with photos of 20 children of KG1 so that new donors can support the children as long as possible.
As an act of gratitude for support, Karibu offers all donors a free stay at our village in Kibora for a minimum of 10 days, including meals.
So every donor can spend time with his child, experience Kibora's everyday life and get to know his reality.
We bought CORN MACHINE, thanks to your donations. Now we have to build a small structure before we can install the machine in Kibora.
A room where the machine will be fixed to the ground (a concrete slab) so that there are no vibrations during use. The concrete slab of about 8 cm thick is the cap placed over a hole of a depth of one meter filled with stones blended with the cement.
I have attached photos of our Aloe plants to understand how they are, alive, vigorous and lush. Abandoning this project would be shameful so we decided to move forward. I met a person from Mombasa expert in the field, I took him to Kibora to realize and he was strongly impressed by the state of the plants and especially by our land, a very fertile land still practically virgin.
This person has already written a report. He would take care of the plants but also to create a small workshop to teach the local people how to treat the plants for the production and then of the various possible products.
Certainly, for now, they are only words and given the experience made in recent years I am rightly cautious and I do not imbalance.
Let's wait! Meanwhile, contacts continue with other interested people, in KENYA and outside Kenya.
Aloe is a precious plant and you can produce many items with its gel and leaves, for example cosmetics, medicines, energy drinks and fruit juices and even honey that has fantastic properties.
I would be very happy to find a serious and professional partner.
ALOE PRODUCTION AND SALE PROJECT
This project is an investment that produces income for the investor only if the investor also finances the construction of a new classroom.
Products: cosmetics, medicines, drinks, juices, honey
1. Aloe scabrifolia - This is a sprawling species, with stems upto 120 cms. It branches from the base to form clubs of 3 cm in diameter,the leaves are born in loose rosette. Are erect to spreading and often recurved. The inflorescence is up to 1 metre tall with dull red flowers.
2. Aloe Turkanensis – is a shrub with stem up to 7 cm long. It grows in loose clumps upto 2 cm diameter. Leaves are born in compound rosette and are erect to spreading with the elongated whitish spots on both surfaces. The inflorescence is many branched up to 30 cm long and pink in colour.
3. Aloe Rivae - is a stemless species growing solitary or in small clumps. Older plants have a stem up to 60 cm high. Leaves are born in dense rosette, erect or spreading and slantly recurved at the tips. The inflorescence is much branched and up to 75 cm high with bright yellow flowers.
4. Secundiflora – is a stemless species growing solitary or sometimes suckering. Older plant may have stems up to 30cm long. The leave spread and slightly recurved towards the tips. The inflorescence is 2 metres high, multi branch with bright red pink or yellow flowers. Secundiflora is the most commonly observed aloe species widely distributed in Kenya. It has high potential for medicinal properties.
5. Aloe vera Barbadensis– is a world wide plant commonly with the same features and characteristics as Turkanesis. And its high potential for medicinal value. The leaves are born in compound rosette and are erect to spreading with a whitish colour on the leaves depending on the environment.
6. Aloe vera chinensis – is a stemless species and is a suckering plant well known for its medicinal value and does very well in tropical areas. The leaves are born combat rosette full of jelly and it is a well known plant for its medicinal value. The leaves are light green and produces bright yellow flowers.
We are in possession of the above mentioned aloe species but aloe vera chinensis being the much produced in our farm. We have a total acreage of about 15 acres
and plant volume of about 35,000 seedling plants and about six species. At the moment the availability of the aloe vera leaves is about 1 ton every week.
A single document is missing from the Ministry of Education. This is the transfer of land ownership given to Karibu in free usufruct by Fam Menza.
It is a formal act because in Kenya, by law, the land used for the construction of schools and other related facilities automatically becomes the property of those who build and manage the schools, in this case the Karibu.
I had a very important meeting with a person whose name and surname I should avoid for privacy reasons.
This person, who cares deeply about our events, is part of the entourage of the Ministry of Finance. We have therefore talked about the need to have a letter of exemption from customs duties. This exemption would be very useful for us to send various materials to Kenya in favor of Karibu. On the site there will be a page dedicated to this topic with the list of all the tax-exempt items for entry into the country. So anyone can send directly to Kenya items and useful goods for our center.
That's all, my dear friends.
I beg you all to help me supporting our students.
Meanwhile, as always and thankfully, our journey continues