Nyumbani programs have always been very dedicated to environmental sustainability. Nyumbani Village has a vast sustainability department encompassing a wide array of environmental and agricultural programs. The Village is well on its way to becoming 100% sustainable, being able to produce and supply the entire village without purchasing outside resources.
Learn here about the diverse components of Nyumbani Village’s sustainability department:
1. Food Production
The objective of Nyumbani Village’s Sustainability Department is to produce healthy food for the entire village, as well as for external sales to generate income to buy what we cannot grow. The department also works towards a more diverse environmental conservation strategy for sustainability.
To date, around 350 acres of Melia trees have been planted for the ‘Trees for Children’ project. Each year an additional 50 acres of trees are planted. It is expected that the termite resistant hardwood will be able to be harvested and used/sold for timber in less than 8 years.
3. Agro processing
Raw foods are processed into edible commodities, which can be used within the village or sold to the surrounding community. The processed food includes moringa, honey, sunflower seed oil, and others.
Cows, goats, chickens, and rabbits are reared in the village for meat, eggs and milk. Livestock animals are sold or used to provide meat for Village celebrations. Eggs and milk are distributed to the over 1,000 children and grandmothers of the Village.
5. Green houses
Approx. 10 greenhouses help with food production, especially tomato crops whose yields are quite high in dry lands. With greenhouses, produce can be grown all year round with drip irrigation.
6. Water harvesting
All family houses and almost all other structures in the Village are fitted with water tanks for roof rainwater harvesting. The tanks hold 10,000L of water each, which is filled during the rainy seasons and then subsequently used for cooking and drinking purposes. Each family has a ceramic water filter to clean the rainwater before drinking.
7. Sand dams
Sand dams are the main source of water in the village farms. They were built along the Village’s only riverbed that fills with water during the rainy seasons. The dams are installed with solar pumps that have a pumping capacity of approximately 5000 liters of water. When the river fills with water, the sand dams catch water that is then pumped via solar power to various rain-fed agricultural fields.
8. Brick making
All buildings within Nyumbani Village are constructed from clay bricks made inside the Village at a brick-making site. The bricks are formed from natural materials found like clay and dirt. With this model, the village constructs buildings primarily with inside resources that are sustainable and efficient.
Thank you to John Katui, a Nyumbani Village graduate, who created the student newsletter in which this compilation was originally published.