IAS Kenya was registered in 1994 under NGO Act mainly as a support office for the projects in Sudan and Somalia. Over time, the Kenya program has been involved in implementing community projects in partnership with local community groups in Central, Rift, Eastern and North-Eastern regions in Kenya. The first project implemented by the Kenya Program was in 1996 funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Kenya/Ministry of Water to provide sustainable community water development in Trans-Nzoia District. The project was completed in 2000.
Since then, IAS Kenya has been involved in implementing Inclusive education, water, peace building and emergency relief support projects in various parts of Kenya.
IAS Kenya focuses on the development of civil society, humanitarian and development projects where churches and Community Based Organization partnerships and projects have developed into well-established programmes within IAS Kenya priority sectors of work and geographical focus. The team in Kenya works closely together with the local partners when implementing projects. We are implementing project through or with partners in Garissa, Makueni, Nairobi, Tharaka and Nakuru. Plans are under way to expand to North Eastern region in Marsabit County.
Case story From Tharaka South:
Andrew Kinja, 58 years is husband and a father of 5 girls. One daughter is in Secondary school (form three) 3 in primary school level and one is not yet gone to school. Andrew is a businessman who bakes and sell cakes at Marimanti Market and also grows various crops for the market which include bananas, cassava, butternuts and tomatoes. Andrew has two best friend –James Nyamu and Henry Gitonga who he consult and sometime they work togethe
James Nyamu, 38 years is husband and a father of two children, a Boy and a Girl both in secondary school level – form four. James is a carpenter and he operate a wood workshop at Marimanti. James is a potential farmer and he grows mangoes, bananas and have a fish pond with a lot of tilapia fish.
Henry Gitonga, 56 is husband and a father of four children, two Boys and two Girls who have attained University level. Henry is a farmer while his wife is a primary school teacher who teaches in one of the neighboring school- Ntujia primary. Henry grows bananas, Mangoes, water melons, hot chili and maize (corn). Henry has beehives as well where he is able to harvest good honey and makes good money
These farmers are members and beneficiaries of Manyirani irrigation water project. These farmers have been hit by the drought in which they have lost 70% of their rain fed crops leaving their hopes only to the irrigation water for crops production. When asked how they were able to save 30% of their crops, James said;
“I was able to be connected with the irrigation water pipeline during water improvement after the water resurveying which contributed to increased water in the pipeline which improved water pressure. The water was able to get to my farm – thank you God! – and I borrowed a few pipes from my friends and bought two sprinklers that I used to irrigate my crops in my new land where I grew food crops which I managed to safe just a section.”
Asked the reason why he was not able to save the whole farm, James said;
“I had no money to buy pipes, but I am glad that I have not lost seeds. I will use the harvest for food and store some as seed to plant in the next rain season.” —– “We are glad that the water pressure has improved and we are going to increase our crop production and do it commercially”, Andrew and his friends said.
It is also interesting to note that Andrew Kinja and his friends have formed a cooperative where they are able to sell their produce as a group. It’s not a wonder to find trucks loaded with produce from the farmers coming from this area moving outside the county as “export” (outside the county). This has been possible due to capacity build by International Aid Services.
Andrew Kinja (left) – James Nyamu (middle) – Henry Gitonga (right). (Photo: Håkan Björk)
(Page updated 4 April 2017 HB)