THE LIFE OF A POOR RURAL AFRICAN YOUTH FARMER WE ARE STRIVING HARD TO IMPROVE

A Rural Youth Farmer Family Harvest only Two Cups of Beans after a long drought

In East Africa the majority of the population live in remote rural communities with access to a poor infrastructure and live from a small income.
The average small-sized rural youth farmer has only little influence on the national legislation, little knowledge and access to the fast moving international developments.Due to bad crop yields in the last consecutive seasons that result from long droughts, various crop diseases and heavy rainfalls, the communities face severe poverty. In addition to this hardship, the access to clean drinkable water, to medical service and good schools in rural areas remain much behind the developments that drive the metropolitan areas in some East African regions.

The possibilities for self-youth farmer development in the rural communities are directly linked to obtaining fair prices for farmed goods. With only very little support from the local governments, the rural youth farmers have become the losers of the global economy.
Facing a very limited access to proper and affordable justice services and having insufficient knowledge about their fundamentals rights, the youth farming communities can hardly fight against the injustice.

KIRUCODO seeks to better the situation of the rural youth farming communities through sustainable agriculture and other related locally applied skills to foster their development. This however will not be possible, if the people remain without access to clean water, good education, remain ignorant of their fundamental rights, remain restricted from affordable and reachable health services, restricted from access to information tools, and additional practical training opportunities.
As a first step towards empowering the community KIRUCODO introduced the “Rural Communities Criminal Justice Awareness Project” in June 2009. The Project under the “International Bridges to Justice Inc.” aims at familiarizing local people with their fundamental rights and encourages them to seek justice without hesitation.

Since November 2006 KIRUCODO strives to find donations of scholastic materials for the students of the local schools and to hence improve their learning experience and the quality of teaching thus helping rural youth farmer and children to stay in schools without much hindrances.

In 2009 KIRUCODO established a local information resource centre for the community of Kikandwa village. This was made possible with the publications donated by various organizations, including the CTA of The Netherlands, Bees for Development of the UK and others. The centre and its information is open for free to all farmers especially the youth in an around Kikandawa village .

Since 2006 KIRUCODO has been offering free training opportunities for skills development like sustainable beekeeping to the rural youth farmers among others.
Furthermore KIRUCODO has now established a skills development centre in Kikandawa village to train local people especially the youth farmers in sewing, typewriting and carpentry in order to give them additional practical skills to supplement on their farming skills thus creating them more opportunities to improve their incomes.

In conclusion KIRUCODO tries to implement the core values of the Millennium Development Goals in its region of operation and hopes that through further help and partnership the most important targets can be reached soon. With our strong emphasis on the rural youth farming communities and our work as a grassroots organization we, hope to set an example for further successful operations in similar communities in the poor and underdeveloped regions of Earth.

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