Molo River Restoration Planning

The members of MISCC and contributing stakeholders gathered at community food and Environment Food Hall (COFEG) Molo, to discuss the restoration plan for the Molo River issues. This has been as a result of the previous survey that took place between June and July 2009 on the status of the river. This river whose sources are in Molo, drains in Lake Baringo and is depended upon by over 500,000 people.

The meeting brought together MISCC lead organisation members and stakeholders from the community based organisation, NGOs, church leaders and the youth from the upper catchment, middle and lower catchment between 23rd and 24th October 2009.
The stakeholders identified the ways to tackle the nagging aspects of Molo River and now are seeking for means to address the results arrived at during the meeting. Participatns noted with concern that it requires a concerted efforts from all stakeholders in order to save the river now and for future generations.

Molo River Survey

According to hydrologist the hydrological cycle makes it clear that if one of the components is destroyed the cycle does not exist anymore. The gap created marks a severe end of something and a harsh struggle existence of the next. Lets taken for instance Forest are detached from the cycle what comes about. What happen is that nature will take its course to reverse the state. This sounds simple in theory but complex in state. Who is to digest this and come up with a remedy to avoid the crash? This is a case experienced after a massive destruction of the Mau forest that has left a number of gaps like drying up of river, reduced rainfall, Drought, lack of sufficient and clean water, and loss of bio-diversity. Another concept that draws me close to the why others live and others survive is because water is life.
As a result MISCC took the initiative to conduct a baseline survey of the Molo River. Survey has so far highlighted the status of Molo River that finally will deliver a report which will assist in coming up with a remedy to save the river. Flowing down from the Mau Complex, the Molo River has served citizens of the Rift Valley for hundreds of years. Over the approximately 100 km length that the river covers from the Mau Forest to Lake Baringo, this waterway is a primary source of livelihood amongst the communities it flows through the sub-catchments. The communities’ main sources of livelihood in this region are livestock keeping and agriculture, which both depend heavily on water availability. An example of how the current harsh conditions is causing suffering can be witnessed in a number of case studies conducted by the survey team along the sub-catchments which give pictures of the current drought that has hit the region, gradually increasing along the Molo River from the upper catchment to the lower catchment. The drought has left animal and plants dead and threatened human life as all struggles for sustainability.

MISCC Meeting with Teachers

MISCC organised a meeting for the schools participating in 4K-club projects on 18th June 2009 .  The meeting was aimed at introducing individual organisations and their activities.  The organisations included Network for Ecofarming in Africa(NECOFA), Mendeleo Endelevu Action Program (MEAP), Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife(FKSW)  and Slow Food.

In the meeting, participants had the opportunity to understand on the partnership of diffferent organistions.  For sustainability and success, schools need to  own the projects.

Peace Meeting at Mauche on 10th June 2009

The meeting was organised and coordinated by Pastor James Koness who has been attending MISCC peace forums.  The fourty participants were drawn from Lare and Mauche  who included youths(men and women), elders, religious leaders and local leaders.

One youth shares his opinions in the peace meeting

One youth shares his opinions in the peace meeting

It was noted that among the causes of conflict may have been idleness. Mr Gabriel urged youths to avoid being idle and engage in productive activities.  Further, Mr Njuguna, ayouth from Lare urged his fellow youths to form and register youth groups which wil give them forums to exchange developmental ideas as well engage in sporting activities which would foster peace and reintegration among them.

The meeting was graced by the presence of  Chief Julius Rono and his Assistant Mr Willy Koech. They were accompanied by Inspector Julius Kimai and Sergeant  Daniel from the Administration police force.

Participants reading copies of the Molo Progressive News DIgest after the meeting at Mauche

Participants reading copies of the Molo Progressive News DIgest after the meeting at Mauche

The meeting unanimously agreed that without peace, development  and prosperity cannot be achieved.

Peace Meeting at Sachangwan on 9th April 2009

Organized and coordinated by Mr. Philip Koech and James Kariuki who have been attending MISCC consultative forum, a grass root peace forum was done at Sachangwan on 9th April 2009. It was attended by approximately 200 people from 16 villages. Participants included the Provincial Administrators, local religious leaders, men, women and the youth. The area Chief Mr Evans Mageto urged Sachangwan residents to live together like brothers and spread the message of peace and reintegration. In the meeting, participants found it necessary to involve youth in peace meetings and events because they participated in the violence more than any other category of people. All agreed that peace is a prerequisite to development.

Farmers Exposure Visit to Ol Joro Orok Agricultural Training Centre on 18th March 2009

During the month of March, NECOFA in collaboration with FKSW organized a trip for 34 farmers to Nyandarua for exposure to learn on new and appropriate technology to alleviate hunger and poverty hence uplift their livelihood. The visit drew participants from Mau Narok, Lare, Kuresoi, Keringet, Molo and Olenguruone divisions of Molo district. The group also consisted of 4K-Club patrons from different schools, community members, representatives from community based organizations and opinion leaders.

During the exposure, participants had an opportunity to learn on value adding on farm produce mainly tomatoes production in green houses with a view of ensuring high returns in a controlled environment to save on water and mitigating on prevalence of diseases. A field trip was organized to one of the farmers in Nyahururu (Kifathi area) who had adopted the green house technology on his farm. The exposure enlightened farmers on maximizing production even in small portion of land. A 15m x 6m structure of greenhouse planted with tomatoes (Anna brand) earns a farmer more than Kshs 180,000/- per crop.

Consultative forum on 20th March 2009

MISCC organized a consultative form on 20th March 2009. This forum was attended by 24 participants from Keringet, Kuresoi, Mauche, Elburgon, Olenguruone, Molo and Kamara Divisions in Molo District. Participants reported what had been happening in their respective areas of residence. Reintegration among different communities is gradually coming back and farmers are busy preparing land in readiness for the planting season that is ahead. However, the concerns were that farmers were lacking planting materials and livestock theft was reported to be occurring in many areas. In the forum, participants agreed that local peace meetings would be organized in: – Kamwaura, Sirikwa, Sachangwan, Sondu River, Mauche and Kaplelach. Meanwhile, they were urged to work hard in their farms as they await for the long rains which are just about to fall.