It was Lialo Salaash and I who came to finish the well and begin this journey of a project back in November 2014. Now, returning at the end of 2015 after 7 months away from Oltumo Kenya, it's hard to believe that the borehole was completed only 14 months ago and that this is the same place. The growth in the land has been incredible...
The gardens were the most obvious sign of growth. Starting with nothing but clay soil and piles of dung at our disposal, we worked hard and the process of building fertile soil has clearly begun.
Time to get back to work
Let's start with the fence. Last year Lialo returned to Kenya to visit Oltumo and secure the one acre of land which the borehole was drilled and constructed. Now, we have put up a one acre fence to expand our community support experimentation and education site. It is so nice to have this 1 acre to plan and design to help us reach our goals, we really needed more space.
A kitchen fit for a feast! Double chamber rocket stove (one fire-two pots), table for 10, earthen bench , 2 movable wooden benches, and a kitchen grey water system! Oh the luxury.
Volunteer accommodation is improving! Tents don't last long out in this intense sun, and most don't handle the huge rains which leave the ground with inches of water for hours after. So, now we have a roof and floor for 4 tents!
Back to the gardens... and so much rain to help!
New Swales!!! planted with sweet potato to act as a living mulch and protect the soil plus prevent erosion. Sorry, finished pics still to come. Will do a whole blog on the issue of water in the land.
Celebration during Christmas and Kenyan summer holidays, where we slaughtered a goat from Lialo Salaash and cooked dozens of chapati's. We also hosted a small rocket stove workshop with some local women.
This and a lot more has been going on at Oltumo Maasai Project. I'll be posting again in 3 weeks the progress of the one acre, including swales with overflow ponds, a large garden, our demonstration managers house, and our new tree nursery.