in our opinion THERES NO CONSERVATION WITH OUT FAMILY PLANNING!???.. So here goes!
Up in northern Kenya, we are lucky to be able to say ‘the stable door may be open but we are trying to close it before its too late!!.. This is all about the future of this area, and every one having enough to live off!!…
We’ve been doing our sums, and if Kenya is not careful we are going to be 100 million people in this country before we can get to 2020.. EEEEEEEEKK..
We already have hungry people, and plenty of problems with over population, you just have to travel to any of the towns to see the situation.. It appears to me that the problem is not being addressed as much as it should be?? I just don’t get it!….
Anyway THE MILGIS TRUST IS ADDRESSING IT .. NOW!! We are taking it very seriously before it gets out of control, before the whole area is so eroded by over grazing that there’s no where for people to go to find grazing, its not that its over crowded at the moment, its just we need to do our sums on what there is out there compared to what is needed, nomadic livestock husbandery is a very good living, and very profitable, but not if there’s nothing to eat, so this needs to be addressed NOW!!!
Before, before, before…. we all know what I’m talking about!..
We are very lucky that CHAT www.chat-africa.org have done many campaigns through out the area with mobile camel units, mainly promoting implants for 6 months and 5 years, and others, but there are many people who do not understand, and some do not like the idea so with Haller foundation’s www.haller.org support, addressing it the natural way, with beaded bracelets, and repro rulers that count the days and this is what we have achieved so far!!
Mary heads out with the groups doing immunization and checking on baby health groups..She patiently sits down to explain the situation and the future.. The men are also fascinated, but need time to adjust to being seen listening!! Heres a lovely pic of Mary explaining the simple method, and their reactions!
Latakwen center not far from our Milgis base has been our main focus with several meetings held on family planning.. Latakwen sprung up in the poaching days back in the 70s, it grew because there was an amazing bit of clean water seaping out of the ground, and from there they made a secret road through the Matthews to get the tusks out.. now its grown and grown, and as usual there are many people with no employment, or livestock, and plenty of babies..
Mary holds meetings here twice a week, with all the women that come from far and wide for shopping and to the dispensary..
Every two months we address the FP situation with the scouts, but it seems that they are finding it difficult to spread the word, so we will do a trip around the whole area with Mary for her to meet all the communities and have a chat about things..
Where there has been great success is with our secondary school children who all went back to school with rulers and bracelets and they all came back with positive results and plenty of interest from their class mates and teachers..
Even better, I asked them all to write what they understood the work of the Milgis was and this is a few reports of what they thought about family planning!!! I thought we were talking to the wall but not abit of it!!
THANKS FOR LISTENING!!!!!!