Land Reclamation for Somali Refugees (Kenya)
UMR has a heightened focus on the humanitarian situation in Somalia and displaced persons residing in Kenya. More than two million Somalis have been displaced, facing severe food insecurity. Six years of devastating famine led to more than a quarter million deaths, half of them children. The severe drought is pushing malnutrition and diseases up to a critical level.
UMR is focusing our resources to assist those suffering from starvation and disease through innovative methods that allow population in drought-stricken camps to grow their own food, thus decreasing their dependence on food distribution. By training the camp population on new techniques on household horticulture farming in drought-hit areas provides them with knowledge required to leave the camps and eventually return back home.
In Refugee Camps, bringing back traditional household farming methods with modern understanding of organic soil improvement is key to food security. UMR educates Somali families in Kenyan refugee camps in on Permaculture Gardening, composting, seed saving, and rainwater harvesting. Women Harvesting vegetables from their own gardens behind each tent minimizes dependence on low nutritional value food distribution with visible health results.
UMR is training select members of each household in the camp on land improvement through composting, and watering through proper use of household gray water.
Aim of the program is to decrease dependence on food distribution, improve nutrition value, promote innovative land reclamation solutions that returnees can use in their ancestral homelands.
After spending many years living in refugee camps, gardening can provide a safe space to establish identity, rebuild lives and attain happiness.