Everyone can do it!

Everyone can do it!

The Fanya Mambo Program seeks to address problems associated with a lack of jobs and job skills training, and the degradation of the urban landscape in Kenya and other cities across Africa. We find sites and projects that benefit from green construction projects, and teach others in the community, skills in green construction.

May 6, 2013

The progress so far...

After a three weeks break, the schools finally open today the 6th of May. The good news is that during the break, our educator managed to mark all the exams the children did as part of the environmental education program. Their overall performance was very much encouraging, over three quarters of the participating children scored way past the pass mark. We also have three students who got 100%! They got all the questions right… For that the entire Fanya Mambo Crew is a very happy and motivated lot.
Tobias the construction team leader gives lucas some basic tips...
Sometime during this first week of the second school term, our educator with the assistance of three arts teachers at the school will have to decide which drawing among the many creative drawings the children did is the best from each class. The children were engaged in a drawing competition on which they were to draw and color a picture of their choice! The only rule was that it had to be about plastic pollution and its effect on the environment and human health. From the ones I have had the opportunity to have a look at; I must say that it’s going to be difficult deciding which one is the best as most of them are simply amazing!!
Lastly, today we are going to meet the teacher in charge of the Children Recycling Plastics Program to fast track the eco-blocks production so as to enable us continue the construction of the table/bench ensembles. As the days roll by, we will keep you posted on all new developments!
You can also follow our progress closely through the link below.

Apr 11, 2013

Soldiering on.... Moving on..

Working together with three local waste management youth groups, participating school children and other community members, we conducted a community clean-up exercise around the entire Maringo Estate on Saturday the 6th of April. Even though some of the invited guests did not show up, we are grateful for those who did! We are especially thankful to the Nairobi City Council’s cleansing department for providing most of the tools we used that day.
To our friends at House of Manji, we send special thanks for donating 5 boxes of biscuits for the participants. We cannot forget individuals like Patrick, a local political and business leader for his participation and donation of 1 bag of cement towards the project; Someone like Joseph for volunteering to drive the garbage truck and lastly, thumbs up to all the people who left their everyday jobs to give us a helping hand… without them this exercise could not have succeeded…. Even though the participants were very grateful for the education they received on plastic pollution and its effects on both humans and the environment, Fanya Mambo team members are equally grateful to them for their input.
By that day, the school children had already started producing Eco-blocks (used plastic bottles stuffed with used plastic bags) for the construction of the heavy-duty 20 sitter table/bench ensembles that they will be using while eating their lunches up from the dusty ground and while undertaking private studies... The construction work commenced on the same day and is now ongoing... with the schools set to officially close on Friday the 12th; increased production of the Eco-blocks is evident now more than ever as everyone is trying hard to meet the set target before closing day. This way the construction team will have completed the construction work by the time schools reopen.
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Jan 4, 2013

2012 INTO 2013

Sailing through the past year, a year that brought with it calamities of unimaginable magnitudes in Kenya like the prolonged severe drought, the strange disease outbreaks that affected both humans and food crops as well and the unexpected flooding that displaced thousands from their homes recently, we find solace and hope through all the positive things that the year 2012 had for Fanya Mambo Foundation.

Thanks to your unending support, one of our proposed projects - The Children Recycling Plastics Program (  http://www.1procentclub.nl/projects/childrenrecyclingplastic ), finally attained its fundraising target on the 1%CLUB crowd-funding platform. Plans are now underway to start rolling out the program on the 14th of January. We are pleased to announce that we will be replicating this type of project in Lamu too. Working closely with our close friend Mary Stone ( https://www.facebook.com/mary.stone.522 ) and the local Lamu community, we plan to train people on the dangers caused by lack of proper garbage disposal and the possibilities of transforming common wastes into useful structures plus initiating hands-on Eco-friendly construction skills training to community members.

We are also very pleased to announce that construction of a website for Fanya Mambo is currently underway, thanks to our good friend Rachael Kay Albers ( https://www.facebook.com/rachaelalbers ). hopefully, it will be up by the end of this month.

Just like one of my favorite columnists with a local daily - Carol Mandi, puts it " We are not responsible for everything around us, but we are responsible for a whole lot more than we own up to. responsibility is a heavy weight but it only becomes a burden when we resent it. it is so much easier to look for what is wrong with life and then find an appropriate scapegoat. but nothing changes until we say I am responsible. For my life, my health, my well-being and happiness, I. AM. RESPONSIBLE!" we have decided to act like our name "Fanya Mambo" which means "Do Things" in Swahili suggests. In April, we will embark on the creation of the proposed PILOT FANYA MAMBO CENTER ( a center for Agriculture, Aquaculture, Eco-friendly construction, Arts, Crafts and Appropriate Technologies training.) in Siaya County of Nyanza Province, Kenya.

We have already acquired an 8 acre piece of land and are currently seeking out for other interested people or organizations to partner with as we embark on this noble initiative. Fundraising for this project is also currently underway. More information on this proposed project will be available on our soon to come website.

On behalf of the entire Fanya Mambo team, i take this opportunity to say special "THANK YOU" to our good friend Rachael Kay for all the support she has been directing towards Fanya Mambo. I also thank Mary Stone and her family for giving us the opportunity to introduce Eco-bricks ( used plastic bottles stuffed with used plastic bags) construction technique in Lamu. lastly, i thank you all for the never ending support you have always directed towards our initiatives. Without your support, we can never do what we do. Like it is said " Together we stand, divided we fall!" Keep standing with us this year too!!

As you sail through this year, i encourage you to always remember this words from one of the most amazing persons to ever pass through this world called Mother Teresa - " People are often unreasonable and self-centered, forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people might accuse you of ulterior motives, be kind anyway. If you are honest, people might cheat you, be honest anyway, If you find happiness people might be jealous, be happy anyway. The good yo do today may be forgotten tomorrow, do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough,  give your best anyway, for you see, in the end its between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway!" Let this words guide us through 2013!! Thanks!