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Green Currencies

Miyani-Pesa is our second community currency being used to create sustainable environmental service funding. Greenworld Campaign Kenya has been utilizing community currencies since it began. Our first program Eco-Pesa enabled community members to surpass impacts and tree planting numbers by over 5 times what was possible with Kenyan Shillings. Recently we have begun Miyani-Pesa which is continuously circulating into tree planting, community farming and myriad economic activity.

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Happy Earth Day 2019

We all know the clock is ticking. The world's leading climate panel has called for radical transformation in the way we live on this precious planet--change at a speed and scale with "no documented historic precedent.” Last year I co-convened ReGen18, a gathering of 500 leaders in green enterprise, eco-activism, food systems, urban planning, and media. Co-sponsored by GWC…

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Green Compassion

It's been a tumultuous year in Kenya, where Green World Campaign has its African regional headquarters. Hundreds of people have been killed and wounded in terrorist attacks, though largely unremarked by the international press. In keeping with our practice of "planting seeds of spirit in the soil of the world,"Green World Campaign brought groups in coastal Kenya together to plant hundreds of trees to protect a sacred forest and grow trust.

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Oil Pressing and ICRAF in Rumuruti

After Dickson Kamau the chairperson for the Rumuruti Forest Association visited one of our coastal sites to train people on Green Charcoal production, he was struck by the oil being pressed and got a full lesson in how to press his own oil. Dickson has since brought this affordable cold pressing technology back to Rumuruti where he is helping local farms plant crop that don't attract elephants.

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Indigenous Vegetables with Prof. Mary Abukutsa

The first week of August this year was an amazing chance for our communities to learn from an expert in indigenous vegetables. Thanks to March Baracsh (GWC's Founder and Director) for having the foresight and reach to put this all together from afar in the US. Thanks so much to Prof. Mary Abukutsa for traveling so far and inspiring people to farm sustainably and nutritiously!

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Green Charcoal Exchange Visit

After working for years in northern Kenya with the Rumuruti Forest Association, a community of 5000 farming families dedicated to preserving and conserving their endangered woodlands, we were delighted to have their chairperson Dickson Kamau come to visit GWC communities on the Coast. We had arranged to teach Dickson's group how to produce "green" charcoal from agricultural waste with awardwinning M.I.T.-based group Takachar, and now he was.

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Pungu Wetlands Restoration Event

Amazing: One Day...1200 People... 20,000 Trees! More People, More Trees, than Ever Before Last week found the office staff of GWC-Kenya anxiously watching the sky every day, hoping for a break in the rain and then a recommencement of the rain perfectly timed around Thursday, May 15 th . The reason for this precise request from the atmosphere? 

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Leaving a Legacy

Misalimu Bakari is a shining example of the Green World Campaign School Program in Kenya. Every year, students at Mbweka Primary School take home at least two trees to plant in their homesteads. Through their partnership with the Green World Campaign, students successfully raise trees from seeds to mature organisms.

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Meeting Mining with Planting

Athman Macheso has lived near the Pungu watershed his whole life. He is now a sub-chief for that area and spoke with us as we mapped the watershed. As a boy, he played in Lake Tseha, swimming and snacking on raw “toro,” a tuber similar to cassava which grows in the marshy parts of the lake. He remembers the watershed being surrounded by trees, pointing to a tree several stories high (one of the few left in the area) as an example of those which…

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Tragedy in Nairobi

The Green World Campaign mourns with the people of Kenya the slaughter of the innocent. That these terrible events unfolded on the International Day of Peace--a day devoted to, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes, "teaching our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect"--is a bitter, heartbreaking irony. People everywhere are working in profound ways to overcome, through compassion and brave opposition, the forces of ignorance…

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Farmers Strike Green Oil in Rural Kenya

We recently spoke with Kunyeta Beja, a 36 year-old mother of 10 from Miyani, Kenya, who, like many subsistence farmers in rural Kenya, leads a precarious existence. Her husband sells peanuts in Mombasa Town, a 2 hour journey, so she's often left to care for the farm and children alone. She never completed secondary school, so she struggles to ensure her family survives and thrives with minimal income from the farm products she sells and her…

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When Eating a Tree Becomes Normal

Sofia Chizi Mtunda and Hadija Jibebe embody the typical participant in a GWC supported farmers’ cooperative. Both are mid-thirties women with large families—Sofia has four children and Hadija has six. Both women have embraced GWC’s messages about the benefits of moringa trees for leaf consumption and oil production and have integrated both into their daily lives. 

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