The horns and bones of pastroralists' cattle are transformed into jewelry and other products
February 9, 2013
Hola, a small town located in Kenya's Tana River County, is home to Wata Omara Youth Group . This group produces and sells traditional jewelry made from metal, bone, and horn. The process of smelting metal to make bangles and chains takes a significant amount of time. In the past, the group would seel each piece for less than $1. The Wata Omara tribe, the group responsible for these crafts, are treated as the lowest caste in their traditional society, making it difficult to engage in activities that would yield higher incomes.
USAID’s Kenya Drylands Livestock Development Program helps farmers increase incomes while providing much-needed fodder to herders during times of drought
February 9, 2013
In Kenya's Tana River District, both pastoralists and farmers suffer when there is drought. Many of the indigenous communities grow maize, beans, mangoes, and various traditional vegetables. Lacking an irrigation scheme, the famers often find their crops succumbing to the harsh climate.
The biometric voter registration drive conducted in Kenya by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), was launched on the 19th of November 2012. The voter registration exercise ran for 30 days (including weekends and public holidays).
US technology companies help Kenya pilot the application of technology in many types of schools
January 17, 2013
Bour-Algy primary school is located roughly 9 km south of Garissa, in Kenya’s arid northeast. The school serves the children of nomadic pastoralists and subsistence farmers, who make their living along the nearby Tana River. Through the innovative Accelerating a 21st Century Education (ACE) component of the TEPD program, Bour-Algy school received solar equipment that is providing a reliable power source for computer hardware and lighting for the equipment storage room, two classrooms, and security.