As Ann-Sofie told you in her last post, our internet has not been working properly for the entire weekend. But now we are back online with some more pictures from our latest adventures.
On Sunday, we took the ferry to Kinesi. Kinesi is a rural village sitting on the edge of Lake Victoria, about 40 minutes by boat from Musoma. Both the village and the surrounding areas have suffered severe deforestation in the past, mainly because of fire wood harvesting, resulting in a dry and near barren terrain.
Together with its partner, WeForest, Global Resource Alliance (GRA), has been working to improve the lives of the people in Kinesi through permaculture, solar cooking, herbal medicine, replanting trees and educating people on the sustainable use of the natural resources that surround them.
As a matter of fact, Deloitte sponsored the WeForest project by awardeding Global Resource Alliance with a grant to plant 130,000 trees. The young trees seedling are brought up in a tree nursery and then distributed free of charge in the local community. We got a chance to see the very last batch of these Deloitte trees and we just had to take some matching pictures in our Deloitte T-shirts and Deloitte caps.
Global Resource Alliance (GRA) actually has a number of projects in Kinesi. The permaculture plot near the GRA office was mainly designed to provide food for the staff and volunteers, as well as 75 children from the Kinesi orphans project. There is another (bigger) GRA permaculture plot about twenty minutes from the first one, and a few smaller ones in the area (people are copying the permaculture techniques in their own gardens). Tara and the local committee also started making plans for a permaculture fruit forest.