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KENYA: Youth gain farming skills

Don Bosco Embu Farm provides nutritious food for consumption and for sale

Don Bosco Technical Institute in kenya.

Don Bosco Technical Institute in kenya.

(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Technical Institute, located in Embu, Kenya, provides youth from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds a chance at an education. The institute hosts Don Bosco Embu Farm, which was set up by the late Brother Umberto Rizzetto, who worked at the school since its founding in 1984. From then until his death in 2017, he worked to make Don Bosco Embu self-sufficient regarding food.

Today, with the help of several donors, the farm has the needed equipment and tools to use in both the agriculture and animal departments. Vegetables like cabbages, tomatoes, spinach and Sukuma wiki are grown for consumption and for sale. There is also animal husbandry at the farm with cows, pigs, rabbits and layer chickens. The farm has a herd of 20 cows.

A Salesian said, “The farm takes pride in providing high-quality vegetables to meet the needs of the local community and beyond. With a commitment to sustainable farming practices and a dedication to delivering fresh, healthy produce, the Bro. Umberto Memorial Farm continues to contribute to the local food market while promoting healthy eating habits.”

Poultry farming thrives thanks to a generous donation of 1,500 laying chickens through The Sterling Trust, which has significantly elevated production levels and turned it into a highly profitable venture.

The Salesian added, “By exposing them to advanced agricultural practices from Israel, the Bro. Umberto Farm empowers young individuals to embrace modern farming methods, boosting productivity and sustainability. This invaluable experience not only equips them with marketable skills but also nurtures a spirit of entrepreneurship and a passion for agricultural development.”

According to the World Bank, more than 7.8 million people in Kenya are living in extreme poverty, with the majority in rural areas. There are approximately 6.6 million people living on less than $1.90 a day in rural regions, while 1.1 million extremely poor people live in urban areas. Overall, the poverty incidence declined in recent years, but at a lower rate in urban areas than rural ones.

Youth living in Kenya’s larger cities like Nairobi are at risk for exploitation, forced labor and other abuses. Few attend the later stages of school as compared to those living in Kenya’s more rural areas. The few schools serving this disadvantaged community are beyond the financial means of most families.

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Don Bosco Embu

Salesian Missions – Kenya

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