Giant bamboo We have targeted to conserve identified rivers within the western region by planting giant bamboo species along the river banks to check on siltatation processes. A few selected farmers will undertake the bulking processes. Giant bamboo species have significant environmental and commercial versatility, capacity to treat sewage and water bodies, atmospheric purification, and hence fighting global warming. Its fertile top leaves fall to form humus effective in agriculture and controlling soil erosion. Giant bamboo species have high nutritional value of vitamin A eaten raw or cooked. Wood stems are used as timber and wood fuel. It is anticipated that through the sale of bamboo products, the communities will increase their income. The Giant Bamboo Programme aims to:
Demonstrate and document the benefits of bamboo and rattan for environmental conservation and how they can contribute to implementing agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Convention to Combat Climate Change and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. We aim to have at least three in which best practices for soil, water and biodiversity conservation, rehabilitation of degraded lands and carbon sequestration will be demonstrated and documented.
We will: Identify threatened bamboo and rattan species, develop conservation methods and conservation demonstration sites; promote the integration of conservation principles and practices into field projects and stimulate action research on bamboo and rattan habitats of endangered animals; demonstrate the role of bamboo and rattan in plantations and sustainable managed forests in providing economically viable environmental services, develop resource inventory methods and technical manuals, develop criteria and indicators for sustainable resource management in combination with income generation for local people, particularly the poor and provide relevant training and capacity building.
Afforestation. We promote afforestation by planting and conserving trees. Our members have established tree nurseries. The sale of seedlings is a sure source of income.We are also working with minority indigenous tribe(Bongomeek). Click Here for more details.
Eco-tourism We promote Eco-tourism through rehabilitation and adventure of identified tourist sites within western region of Kenya including; Mt. Elgon National Park, Mwibale hills, Sikele sia Mulia (Mulias foot print on a rock), Saiwa swamp and Sitatunga (a goat that stays in water), Kabuchai hills (the eye to Lake Victoria), Buema hills with distinct natural knives and guns in prints the rocks, natural dam at Mwanjas hill, natural water pond at marakaru hill, Namasanda dam, Nabuyole water falls Webuye, Kitale snake park, Lake Victoria the source of River Nile, the crying stone at Khayega in Kakamega, Kakamega equatorial rain forest, Buteyo miti park (the largest individual arboretum in Africa) and self contained cafe at Musikoma Bungoma. Development and Promotion of Technical Skills Our organisation identifies persons with skills in areas such as arts, crafts and pottery who are brought on board, exposed to real work environments with a view to selling these skills to potential buyers. Under this program, students join the organisation as volunteers. The Livelihood and Economic Development Program (LED) The Program aims to creating sustainable rural livelihoods and enterprises by utilising locally available bamboo and rattan resources. LED primarily focuses on developing innovative processing technologies and production techniques, thereby enabling rural communities to produce a range of high quality bamboo and rattan products. In addition, LED provides rural communities with capacity building in best practices on bamboo and rattan harvesting, cultivation and management techniques, thereby ensuring that local resources are sustainable. At present, LED operates across in western region. In a number of cases, production of bamboo and rattan products has predominantly benefited marginalised groups, such as women and youth, as it enables them to participate in high value-added processing activities for the first time. LED aims to expand its program to organisations, partners, institutions and individuals with the same interest.
Socio cultural diversity We have conference facilities with a three weeks cultural placement orientation. The aim of this program is to safeguard environmental democracy at the same time enhancing cultural diversity and the conservation of the unique bio-species within the eco-centres
A site plan for establishment of Bungoma African Village is ready. It will have a conference centre with a fully operational hotel with furnished cottages in the adjacent space. In the African Village we shall have major social cultural activities: bull fighting, exhibition (Art works, crafts, carvings and mouldings), traditional cultural songs, ostrich/donkey riding, chariots driven by oxen, traditional sports (wrestling, swimming) and festivals.