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Rainwater harvesting is not a new phenomenon in Kenya except for magnitudes and proportions. Kenyan communities have practised different techniques in rainwater harvesting for a long time but in varying scales and conditions. Most applicable harvesting techniques are simple, acceptable and replicable across many cultural and economic settings. Success stories abound that can be cited, particularly in the arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya where rainwater harvesting is a principal… Continue

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 30, 2010 at 9:47am — No Comments


Water impoundment in dams, ponds and wetlands has been encouraged by the Kenya Government for a very long time. Although it is not mandatory for institutional buildings to construct rainwater harvesting facilities, necessity has made many institutions such as hospitals and schools, especially in rural areas, to install rainwater harvesting facilities. As an incentive, tax rebates on roofing materials and guttering facilities have been applied by the Government.To underscore the importance… Continue

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 30, 2010 at 9:42am — No Comments

Rainwater Harvesting Vs Environmental Issues of MDG Targets

Global Water Partnership has described Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as an ecosystem approach that ensures the coordinated development of water, land and related resources to optimise economic and social welfare without compromising on the sustainability of environmental systems. Rainwater harvesting fits very well in this description.

In Kenya, rainwater harvesting is crucial for both economic and social activities that can improve living standards. From one harvesting… Continue

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 30, 2010 at 9:40am — No Comments

Water and sanitation Campaign 2020


I will hold a massive water and sanitation campaign dubbed WATER IS LIFE:END WATER POVERTY 2020 in collaboration with major stakeholders;Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife; Ministry of Water Resources Management and Development; and Ministry of Agriculture. Several NGOs and other Community-Based Organizations at national and local levels.…


Added by Anthony Karanja on March 30, 2010 at 9:35am — No Comments

Visionary-Bridget and the water projects in Mitaboni

Bridget, by all accounts, should be just another hopeless statistic of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya.

Bridget lost both parents to HIV. She's an orphan. She grew up in a part of Kenya with no access to clean water. Her community struggled with a lack of food. Add it all together and she shouldn't have been

standing there... the day we passed by.

This wasn't a planned show and tell...

But a few years ago, something started that would…


Added by Anthony Karanja on March 30, 2010 at 8:17am — 2 Comments

Water harvesting

Mr Stephen Kamunya, a farmer, has built a pond that holds 50,000 litres of water. The pond is lined with thick plastic sheets to prevent seepage. It is also roofed with iron sheets to prevent contamination

and loss through evaporation.

Water from higher ground as well as that from gutters on the pond's

roof is harvested. Mr Kamunya says his pond is now full after recent

heavy rains, especially over the past month.

This has enabled him to increase the area…


Added by Anthony Karanja on March 30, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Impact of climate change on Kenya.

The change in global temperatures has led to change in the local weather patterns; this has great impact on our environment. The change in weather patterns has resulted to the melting of ice in Mt.Kenya, in the last few decades the once snow capped mountain has reduced its

volume of ice. The Mau and the Aberdare forest have not being spared either due…


Added by Anthony Karanja on March 24, 2010 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Understanding climate change

The latest United Nations scientific findings reports that, leading scientists around the world agree that man-made greenhouse gases from fossil fuels are causing global warming. The greenhouse gases that cause global warming come from many sources, but the main source is the burning of fossil fuels: - CO…


Added by Anthony Karanja on March 24, 2010 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Join The discusion.

According to a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the Earth's average surface temperature has increased 1.3 degrees F over the past 100 years. What may seem like a small temperature change has devastating consequences - rising sea levels, loss of Arctic habitat, extinctions, increasingly intense hurricanes, drought and famine.…


Added by Anthony Karanja on March 24, 2010 at 2:31pm — 1 Comment


Every day, 6,000 girls risk undergoing female genital cutting in countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. That's more than 2,000,000 girls annually.

Despite difficulties that can include severe hemorrhaging, infection, complications with intercourse and childbirth, and even death, many communities consider female genital cutting as part of their cultural heritage and a critical rite of passage.

In some parts of Kenya, it is tradition that girls between the ages of… Continue

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 24, 2010 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Man.Machines and Environment 2020

In a rather distressing look into the future of how man,machine(robots) and environment will

be closer together in the future sent shivers down my spine,Machines will be more intelligent than us by 2050 and they will be powered by solar energy.The world has taken much greater strides than anyone could imagine 20 years earlier-with all the climate change talks-the advancement of technology has acclerated an exponetial growth in innovation and creativity,machines designed in a complex way… Continue

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 23, 2010 at 11:07am — No Comments

Lets Go Green With New Solar-Charged Phone

This handset is made from re-cycled materials and has an in-built solar panel that charges the phone using the sun’s rays.The phone retails at a price of KShs 2,999($40),I bought this phone so as to replace my BlackBerry 7130 wireless handheld device.Solar power is definitely the way to go as it is cheap, green and

renewable. This solar-charged phone will come in handy particularly in the rural parts without grid electricity and even urban areas,this is the future for those who are keen on… Continue

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 23, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments

Earth Hour 2010-It’s Showtime! Show the world what can be done.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their

stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had

become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million

people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the,

Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge

in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in…


Added by Anthony Karanja on March 23, 2010 at 9:56am — No Comments

Food security-A home grown solution

Farmers in my community need to be supported with the distribution of drought tolerant maize, beans

and sorghum, while other activites include sweet potato bulking,

promoting of fruit tree production, and measures to improve access to

markets for farm produce. There is also need for significant

utilization of appropriate agricultural technologies, with farmers using drip kits in the production of onions and other

vegetable and cash crops. Livestock…

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 16, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Whats in a name-Baraka(Blessing)success story.

A local NGO in Nakuru Kenya,began working with a group of 26 families who had been resettled by the

Catholic Dioscese of Nakuru, and allocated small farm holdings in

Njoro, following their eviction after ethnic clashes in the late 1990's.Successive

droughts meant that these families often depended upon the assistance

and support of more settled neighbours, and also worked for long hours

as casual labourers for more established farmers in the…

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 16, 2010 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Self-employment in rural areas

Rural araes holds few opportunities for unskilled labourers if they do not have land to work.

And many young men and women don’t have their own property –a situation

which has prompted many to flee their native communities in search of a

better life in the country’s bigger urban centres.

This rural to urban exodus has resulted in an growing humanitarian crisis, as crime,

disease, and depravation are widespread in such slumsin major towns, where as…

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 16, 2010 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Environmental Change and Maize Innovation Pathways in Kenya

This project is being undertaken in collaboration with the STEPS Centre(Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) of Sussex University, U.K the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University and Centre for African Bio- Entrepreneurship (CABE), Kenya. The project takes maize in Kenya as a lens through which to explore different responses to environmental

change. As the primary staple crop and a fundamental part of people’s livelihood… Continue

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 16, 2010 at 3:20pm — No Comments

2010 Kenyans economic outlook.

As Kenya enters a new decade, there are opportunities to accelerate growth and reduce poverty. Building on a strong macroeconomic foundation, the government responded appropriately to the financial crisis, by protecting key public expenditures and adopting a fiscal stimulus package. The downward revision of inflation further added credibility to the government’s monetary policies. The main challenge for 2010 is the implementation of the fiscal stimulus package, while returning to lower fiscal… Continue

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 16, 2010 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Climate crisis?

Climate change is a global trepidation and
needs a global response; it’s no longer an environmental

issue but also a development problem. I agree we need to
confront the greatest environmental crisis in our history and
this will take commitment, dedication, and even sacrifice —
but nothing less than the future is at stake.The irony in this is that the least polluters has to bear the greatest calamity.

Added by Anthony Karanja on March 16, 2010 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

Courage-A case example of Nakuru youth Foundation.

After the Post election violence that rocked Kenya,there arose afew goup of young people With the stewardship Peter Karawamba got fed up with the negative ethnicity that was being perpetuated by the political elite.They wanted to put an end to all the negativity shrouding our young people and believed that they can make a difference if they said enough…


Added by Anthony Karanja on March 16, 2010 at 8:20am — No Comments

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Stinging Nettle

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