Fiwagoh Mission Orphanage has a vision of becoming self reliant through horticultural farming; basically, we use all our home refuses, dead leaves and grass to make composite manure for fertilizing our garden.
In our 24 acres of land, we have utilized part of it by overhead sprinkling and drip irrigation to grow more vegetables, such as: kale, spinach, onions, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. That which is not needed by the children and staff is sold to nearby restaurants or in the city markets or given to poor villages and other orphanage homes. The surplus from our sales goes to buy seeds and other farm equipment. In the farm, we have also grown some of the tropical fruits such as: bananas, oranges, avocados, lemons, mangoes, and recently, we tried two cuttings of figs; they and are doing well.
Due to short rains in our area, we are unable to grow the hard cereal grains that require long rainy seasons. These cereal grains are what constitute the staple foods for the children to get their protein i.e: beans, maize, wheat and rice. Our daily usage of these hard cereal grains for this big family is about 200 pounds of maize and 100 pounds of beans.
Since Kite Child Organization, USA stepped in to assist us with our farming, and together with our new farm manager, Mr. Harun Mbugua, we have greatly advanced our farm department. We appreciate the great blessings and support that Kite Child has provided.
Kite Child has also launched a program whereby they invite all tourists coming to Kenya to stop by for a visit at our Fiwagoh Mission and have a tour of the farm. Our plan is to serve our visitors with an African dish all prepared from our farm produce. For more information, on this, please contact: www.kitechildorganization.