Vibrant Village Foundation works in two regions in Kenya supporting the ethnic Luhya and Maasai communities in partnership with local community-based organizations.
In Western Kenya, our program director, Nick Kempson, partners with local nonprofits, farmers and schools in the hilly region of Esabalu. In this area, comprised of eight villages with a population of about 6,000, we support residents on projects to help farmers increase agricultural yields and stimulate local business development.
In Southern Kenya, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, we work with families in the Loitokitok, Kimana and Rombo Divisions. This region, in the Rift Valley, is home to Kenya’s most distinct tribal group, the Maasai. The Maasai are mainly pastoralists and have not historically practiced land cultivation. However, as more grazing lands are turned into parks and protected wildlife areas, the Maasai have had little choice but to turn to agriculture as a source of subsistence.
Vibrant Village Foundation supports this difficult transition for the Maasai from pastoralists to agriculturalists. Working with the Noomayianat Community Development Organization and Daniel Nyagwara, we help the Maasai learn agricultural practices, bolster farming activities and gain exposure for their products at market.
81 women graduate from horticultural course
16 wells constructed for drinking water
22 practicing adult educationalists participate in district-wide training sessions