Historians and history books
illustrate how Rusinga Island was home to the early man, proconsul africanus, a
fossil of an ape which lived 23 to 14 million years ago. This creature was
mainly a fruit eater.
Reading this historical fact as a
child during my school days gave me hope, but as the clock ticks a lot is
happening and changing. And now as a grown up i realize the hope fast fading
and the future prospects of the island turning grim and dwindling.
Reliable internet connection is a pipe dream for most rural communities of Kenya, Rusinga Island inclusive. It is a challenge that Evans Odula and his Badilisha community members had to live with for many years. Accessing internet connection involved waking up early in the morning and travelling miles away only to have a glimpse at your inbox. It involved spending money travelling, paying exorbitant prices to access, and sometimes you had to book a room in the lodge to spend a night there in Homa bay town since power black outs were also very rampant. And the worst part of it was that we were not allowed to touch the computer, an issue that gave us little or no chance to get acquaintance and exposure to the digital world.
Globally and locally, climate change is a grave concern , a lot is happening already which attest to this fact. And if something is not done now rather than later irreversible changes will occur. And it all calls for system changes. Our beloved island Rusinga is not left out, and our community led by Evans Odula, a local community mobiliser is doing a lot through Badilisha, an organization he helped create over ten years ago to promote permaculture locally and regionally.
A few years ago badilisha also got interested in the difficult job of forest protection and tree planting in close collabortion with schools and local community.
Alot has since happened. This year alone over 20, 000 trees have been planted in close collaboration with local community , schools and farmers.
Our indegenous forest which has faced major destruction by the local community to earn their livelihoods has also shown clear signs of regeneration.
Natural trees which were threatened have recovered and grasses are growing on the hillsides which were badly degraded , a clearer indication that assisted natural regenerations works.
Hello dear friends, it is with great celebrations that we witness the launch of this project. This project is quite instrumental in our efforts to promote permaculture which is a cornerstone in enhancing Rusinga Island food security in the Island. And we are determined to get going.