AT A GLANCE

Founded by Rebecca Walton in 2016, Global Tribe Africa is developing a number of community based projects in the poorest regions of Kenya and Zambia.

Having considered the damage that 'hand outs' have had to Africa - Global Tribe Africa is focused on programme based, grass-root development at a community level. 

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100% OF DONATIONS GO TO THE FIELD

Generous corporate donors cover our operating costs. This means that 100% of what you donate - goes directly to projects on the ground in Africa.

PROJECTS

The objective of our Agriculture Project is to reduce hunger and poverty by implementing Agricultural Development Programmes targeted to create new, or develop exisiting smallholder farmers in remote regions of Kenya. 

Our main focus area is East Pokot, a region facing extreme hunger, severe drought, lack of water, food insecurity, lack of business, lack of education, unemployment (leading to problems such as local brew and drug abuse), tribal conflict, female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, among other things.

 

Agricultural Education & Household Farms

Education is the heart beat of our Agricultural Programme. We work hand in hand with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Graduates, to offer high quality, practical, agricultural training to vulnerable people in remote villages. Households are assisted to start farms in the process. This enables food security and a source of income.

 

Demonstration Farms

Many have to 'see to believe' that food production is possible. Especially in the semi-arid desert of East Pokot! Demonstration farms inspire community members to engage in agriculture and enable practical training. Our first demonstration farm was started in 2016 and has inspired many to undertake agriculture. 

 

Farmers Co-operative

2017 is the beginning of a Farmers Agricultural Co-operative in East Pokot. The key focus of the co-operative is to promote and enhance farming through the benefits of economies of scale. The network provides a platform for information sharing, training and support. 

A key focus is to improve the supply chain of farming inputs via bulk purchasing. This makes inputs more affordable and saves farmers time and money on transport. When harvest time comes, farmers will benefit from joint marketing, transportation, distribution, storage and bulk sales.

 

Global Tribe Farms

As an organisation, we don't want to depend on donations to keep afloat. Through our own farms, we are able to offer income opportunities to locals and be examples to the communities we work with!

 

School Farms

We work with East Pokot schools suffering food insecurity and malnutrition. We help them start school farms, as well as train students in agriculture from an early age!

 
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See an example of a farm training programme in East Pokot, Kenya:

East Pokot, Kenya faces serious child protection and education issues including early/forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced labor, violent cattle raiding, and malnutrition due to drought and food scarcity. Education is foundational in the development and empowerment of this area, yet most families cannot financially support their children to school. Illiteracy rates are estimated at 85-95%. A recent study ranks East Pokot as having the lowest literacy and numeracy rates in East Africa.  

 

Meet Glenn and Kat! Glenn and Kat started, and continue to manage the Education Project. Their aim is to help individuals, and communities, break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential. They have developed a network of partners to tackle educational challenges. See how the work began in this short documentary:

 

High School Scholarships

 In Kenya, Primary school (elementary) is free but high school is incredibly expensive for families living in poverty. We provide scholarships to high performing vulnerable youth who would otherwise not have the chance to continue their education past primary school. We hope to increase the number of scholarships every year. We are currently assisting 15 hard working students and are always looking for more donors. Each student is USD600 per year (£480) or USD50 per month (£40).  

 

Holiday Support Program

This program offers support and mentorship to our scholarship students, and other vulnerable students in the area, during the school break. The school break presents many challenges to the students including hunger, lack of materials and resources for studying, forced marriage and forced labor. The holiday program offers a safe space for the students to study and provides food, tutoring, and empowerment workshops to help them address the challenges they face.  

 

YES Program

The Youth Education Support Program is a two-part program designed to help high school graduates become agents of change within their community while also offering assistance to vulnerable primary schools (elementary schools) in the region. Volunteers are mentored and then placed at local primary schools where they teach classes, facilitate workshops, offer tutoring, and help address absenteeism and student drop outs.   Many elementary schools in East Pokot are severely under resourced and under staffed. The students who attend these schools face a multitude of challenges as they try to stay in school, pass their exams, and eventually make it to high school. The dropout rates in the area are very high due to poverty related issues, family migration, early marriage, and child labor. Our hope is that the YES Program participants will be great role models for these younger students and be able to offer a crucial support role in their lives. This program requires funding as the participants are paid a small stipend to assist with their living cost.  

 

University Scholarships

Unfortunately, many students who complete high school in East Pokot do not have the financial means to continue their education. As we believe in assisting individuals to reach their full potential we have started a University Scholarship Program. We are providing partial university scholarships for 2 high school graduates who successfully completed last years YES Program. One of the students is pursuing a degree in community development and the other in teaching. We know these two students well and are very proud of their hard work. These students are reinvesting in their community by volunteering with us on university breaks.  

 

Want To Get Involved or Learn More?

If you are interested in donating or learning more about any of the education programs please contact: eastpokoteducationnetwork@gmail.com    

The water project was founded by Levi Walton in 2016, while he was visiting Kenya for 8 months. To raise funds, he has partnered with the New Zealand wholesaler Moana Road, to distribute water bottles to numerous retailers in New Zealand. Moana Road is donating the funds to buy the water bottles, as well as donating any profit made through wholesale deals. 100% of which goes to providing clean water to needy schools and villages.

 

Connecting Water to Villages

In 2016, we were able to provide two clean water points to villages in East Pokot. We installed piping which connected to a clean bore hole several kilo-meters away from the villages. Before these water points were connected, locals were collecting water from a near by river bed (as the walk to clean water was too long), this resulted in many people catching water-borne diseases. 

 
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Rain Water Harvesting in Schools

Many schools in East Pokot have large water storage tanks, but no means of collecting rainwater. This leaves many schools without water. Students without water suffer poor concentration and lack of attendance. Learning time is significantly reduced due to time to collect water. In many cases, students collect dirty water from near by sources, leading to easily preventable water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, chloria and dysentery. 

To collect clean rain water - installation of roofing gutters - is all it takes. This is a low cost, but effective solution that and enables all round water for many schools. This year we will be installing these in as many schools as funding allows.

 

Sand Dam 2017

Our vision of 2017 is to build a Sand Dam in East Pokot. 

A sand dam is a reinforced rubble cement wall built across a seasonal sandy river. They are a simple, low cost, low maintenance technology that retains rainwater and recharges groundwater. Sand dams are the most cost-effective method of water conservation in dryland environments. When it rains the dam captures soil laden water behind it – the sand in the water sinks to the bottom, whilst the silt remains suspended in the water. By re-charging the aquifer, sand dams provide enough water to establish tree and vegetable nurseries. Together, sand dams, farmland terracing and tree planting form a cycle of water and soil conservation that is self-perpetuating. Conserving water and soil on farms increases soil fertility, reduces the time spent collecting water, and increases the time available to farm, learn and innovate. Sand dams provide the water and time necessary for people to productively farm. A year-round water source saves time and enables farmers to invest in improved agricultural techniques such as: inter-cropping, crop diversification, zero-grazing, and seed banks. Such activities facilitate the production of a secure and diverse supply of food, even during periods of drought. Increased, more reliable and diversified crop production improves nutrition and food security, with surpluses sold at local markets; enabling the transition from subsistence to income generation. When families can produce food, and generate an income, they are able to afford education for their children. With ready access to water, children don't have to spend their time collecting water, are less likely to suffer acute health impacts of diarrhea and water-borne disease and realise their potential for a future outside of poverty. Sand dams can...

• Combat desertification by recharging groundwater and creating opportunity for sustainable land management.

• Mitigate climate change by creating water security and the time to practice climate-smart agriculture.

• Reduce conflict by increasing access to water for people and livestock in water-scarce dryland environments.

• Support disaster resilience by creating a buffer against drought and enabling vulnerable people to improve food production.

• Enable the installation of shallow wells producing safe drinking water.

Research on Kenyan dams shows that only 1 to 3% of rainwater is retained behind any individual dam, the remainder continues its natural flow towards the ocean. Eventually the dams fill with sand - sometimes after only one rainfall or over 1 – 3 seasons. 40% of the volume of the sand held is actually water.

 

Supported by Moana Road, New Zealand.

Our Women In Business project is focused on a remote villages facing a number of challenges such as lack of education, lack of water, lack of income and extreme hunger. Over the last decade, a number of motivated women have organised themselves into women's groups to try and start businesses. Unfortunately, due to lack of business training, capital and knowledge - these women have not been able to thrive.

Business Training & Innovation Centres

Our local project manager is mobile to educate and support the large number of women's groups. We run entrepreneurship programmes and teach local business skills. Some groups have innovation centres funded by group savings and group brick making. 

Women's Business Conferences

Conferences bring women's groups together to share ideas, receive knowledge, be encouraged, and discuss challenges. 3 conferences were held in August 2016 which mobilised just over 300 women.

Group Savings & Loan Programme

To enable our women to raise the capital to start or expand businesses - we are training and monitoring a well practiced group savings and loan programme.  Women save within themselves and use the pooled funds to give loans.