We Take Root and Grow

By Irving Newman

I am writing this entry from my home in Mexico awaiting my return to Kenya in January. The work at MEDF continues at full speed as we end 2014 and enter 2015. We have so much to be thankful for and so much anticipation for the coming year. The Kenya Farm Report, our television show on GBS TV will begin airing its second season early in the New Year and our National Project is closer to realization with the anticipated support of USAID. The Teaching Farm in Mitahato continues to draw visitors and the impact of our community work brings us all great satisfaction.

This week will see the first edition of our monthly online Magazine distributed by email to all our Friends and Partners around the world who support the philosophy and work of MEDF. The launching of our new Campaig...

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The statistics tell the story

By Michael Njoroge

The youth make up to 70% of the country’s population. 64% of the youth are unemployed. National Population living Rural is 78%

Data from a recent World Bank report shows that more than 800,000 people get into the job market each year in Kenya. The huge jobless market competes against 50,000 employment positions in formal employment. 844,475 candidates sat for KCPE in 2013. In the same year 446,696 sat for KCSE. Out of these, only 70% get an opportunity to join secondary school while out of those who graduate from secondary school 40% never join post secondary colleges. These statistics just proves the worst scenario where the country is faced with massive unemployment and lack of specific skills to engage in gainful employment.

In fact, research in developing countries...

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The way to Economic Growth

By Michael Njoroge

Our conventional approach to development has been barricaded by our defensive approach to development. Reality has been elusive to us in our defensive use of trickle down and bottom up approach to economic growth and development. Although the two methods are considered to work in the long term, it is worth while to note that the way to development is through a strong and stable middle class. Why is this? The simple reason is because pulling the wealthy class down and pushing the poor up the ladder is not a saucer pan business.

The reason is that the rich are up the pyramid saving and continuously protecting their wealth...

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Haunted by the ghosts of drought and Famine

By Michael Njoroge

Our culture of ignorance and kneejerk reaction to disaster is very much engrained in our way of life. It is hurting to accept that the ghosts of draught and famine still roams in our midst year after year. Hunger, poverty and food insecurity remains Kenya’s worst enemy from time immemorial and we have carried it through to the 21st Century. That is not the new to us. The problem is that the National Draught Management Authority raised an alarm of looming famine on January this year.

However, due to poor strategic planning and preparedness we have let the ugly scenes of emaciated “Human Being” be the face of the country and Africa in general. We thus ought not to be offended when westerners refer to Africa as a dark continent...

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8th July 2014; The Journey Continues….

By Irving Newman

It has been many months since I sat down and put pen to paper. I had committed myself to write an entry at least once a month for the MEDF website blog but life here has gotten in the way. Tonight inspiration has taken hold and I want to write about what is happening at the Teaching Farm here in the village and how the political environment in the Country is impacting on us all.

Politics in Kenya is very divisive and not only at election time. So much opportunity is lost in political rhetoric at a time when the Country’s disadvantaged are in such need of help. Add to this ethnic and tribal divides and you have a hotbed of national instability and insecurity. This reality has not dampened our determination and resolve to reach out to those in need.

There have been many succ...

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Blog Entry: August 24, 2013

By Irving Newman

I have now been back in the village for about a week. Last Saturday we launched the “Youth for Change Farming Project”. The response from the village Elders was overwhelmingly positive and we are set to meet with the women on August 31st and the Youth on September 7th. The government officials were well represented and continue to be very supportive of our work. We hope to have the youth working the land by the first rains of the season in early October. The pace of change here is a little slower than is in my nature.

I have to push the stakeholders a little more than I might normally to ensure that projects continue their momentum. Sometimes I wish that there was more experience in project management but then realize that time will develop these important skills...

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A Brief History of Mitahato Village

By Irving Newman

Mitahato is a small village located in central Kenya in the Kimathi Sub location, Githunguri District, Kiambu County. It is home to ten villages located within it. The population in these villages constitute the population of Mitahato Village which is estimated to be approximately two thousand five hundred people.

There are seven churches in the village of various denominations: PCEA Mitahato Church, St. Theresa Catholic Church Mitahato, Mitahato Anglican Church, Africa Independent Pentecostal Church of Kenya Mitahato, Full Gospel Mitahato Church, Christian Foundation Fellowship and Living Water Mitahato Church. The village cemetery is located in Kiberera village. The cemetery land was donated by a village elder, Mr...

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The Kenya I know

By Irving Newman

The Kenya I know is not the Kenya I was expecting. I knew that the country would be beautiful, but I did not know how beautiful. I also knew from photographs that the people were beautiful, but what I have discovered from my life in the village is that the true beauty of the Country is in the heart and soul of the people and their belief that life will be better for their families, their communities and their Country.

The human sadness from the Colonial period and as recently as 2007 with post- election violence is now behind us and as a Country Kenyans are looking forward with a newly elected President and Government that are committed to bettering the lives of its people. I am happy to be here, to witness this change and help support it...

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Blog Entry 1, June 8, 2013

By Irving Newman

Today I am nearing the end of the first stage of my life’s journey here in Kenya. It has been almost 6 months since I have arrived and on Monday night I will return to North America to promote the Foundation’s work before returning to the village in mid-August. It is a good time for reflection. The Teaching Farm has been built and is well underway; the vegetables and fruits areripening and the animals are growing and breeding. I am happy with the work that has been accomplished and thankful for the committed workers here in Mitahato who have helped me to make this project a reality.

MEDF has many projects in the works that I know will have a significant impact on the thiscommunity and beyond...

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