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Organic garden in heart of Kibera keeps residents nourished

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By MARGARET W. MAINA

Kibera is one of the world’s largest slums, with over a million people and one third of Nairobi’s population. With extremely crowded conditions, little sanitation, and an unemployment rate at fifty per-cents, residents of Kibera face not only abject poverty but also a large number of social ills, including drugs, alcoholism, rape, AIDS, water-borne diseases, more especially with the Covid-19 pandemic

However, the majority of Kibera’s residents are just trying to live as well as possible under daunting circumstances. Proving that optimism and entrepreneurship are very much alive there.

Victor Edalia, 30 is the co-founder and vision bearer of Kibera Organic Gardens which started in November 2019 and to date he has engaged other youths to a team of Eight.

“As a group of young people, we saw the need to reclaim illegal dumping sites that had become toxic to our environment. Our aim being making Kibra slum beautiful by turning it green and at the same time needy families benefiting from our project,” he says.

FEEDING NEEDY FAMILIES

He has been offering free weekly supplies of vegetables to at least ten needy families in the densely populated Kibera slums. These include spinach and kales among other purely organic vegetables.

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“I saw needy families get food donations from well-wishers, mostly comprising of dry foods but without any vegetables. After talking to some of my neighbours and conducting a mapping exercise, I saw that I need to go beyond just farming as a business venture,” he says.

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Edalia then thought it was best to also go out of his way to give back especially during this pandemic times, which was a big step for him as he had initially started the venture for commercial purposes.

The engagement is now unique in both its approach and results. The intervention is now focusing on needy families that include single mothers, struggling families and youths who also lost their jobs during the pandemic.

“I have no job and my biggest challenge is purchasing the spiral gadgets that we use for planning to economise on space. I have to dig into my pockets for that and also buying water to water the vegetables. Sometimes we get help from well-wishers who visit’ the garden.”

Jackline Achieng, 31 has greatly benefited from Edalia’s garden as she gets free and fresh vegetables thrice a week.

Ms Achieng lost her job as electronic sales assistant after the pandemic hit the country. She lost her father and her mother moved back to village leaving her with two of her siblings whom she has been taking care of before she lost her job.

“I am sickly, fighting sickle cell and my immunity is very low, so also I avoid exposing myself more so with this pandemic. Though I do millennial jobs to fend for my family, Victor came to my rescue and because of him I get vegetable supplies,” she says.

 Edalia, who was born and bred in Kibera, says he has always had the passion to venture into large scale farming, though in slums like Kibera, the greatest challenge is space.

But how does anyone turn a garbage dump into an organic farm? It started with the removal of the garbage.

Edalia first identified a spot that was being used as a dumping site. They then reached out to the local administration officer whom after listening to the idea, visited the spot, and gave them a go-ahead to undertake their venture.

Thereafter work began by first clearing litter for about two weeks. They say the tons of garbage filled two lorries.  

It was not easy during the exercise as they also had to keep watch up to late night and advise members of the public not to dump in the same spot anymore as they intended to make use of it which took a lot of convincing.

“We do hydroponic farming for now with hope that in the near future we will expand and go commercial,” he says.

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New Bae? Sherlyne Anyango Gets Naughty With Mzungu In The States (Video)

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After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.

Love At First Sight?

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Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.

While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.

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”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”

In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;

  ”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”

Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.

Below is the video;


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Tips to help you get the perfect blazer Eve woman

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 Choosing a blazer is key as it can either break or make your outfit (Image: Pinterest)

 

When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.

Versatile is not just about being able to match most pieces in your closet, but something that will enhance your outfits and define your best features while at it. In case you are wondering on where to start with buying a blazer, start here:

 Always go for a colour that will pair well with most pieces in your closet (Image: Pinterest)

Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?

Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.

When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.

It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.

Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.

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 The design and texture of a blazer will play heavily on how good you look (Image: Pinterest)

A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.

There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.

Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.

Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.

Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.

 The longer the blazer, the more you can play around with your pieces (Image: Pinterest)

They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.

Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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