20-09-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
Often our vision of possible and constructive solidarity in Kenya matches that of a non-profit organization that for many years with coherence and inevitable but intelligent corrections of trajectory and objectives works well on the coast of Kenya, or Karibuni Onlus.
Recently the most attentive and interested readers have followed our return to the village of Chakama, a rural reality like many others, with its problems of misery and difficulties related to the environment and decentralization, but also sadly rose to the forefront of the news for the story of the kidnapping of compatriot Silvia Romano.
A story that has also brought to the surface certain malpractices of small voluntary organizations that have brought a temporary solidarity and little functional to create conditions of growth and stability on better living standards, indeed sometimes even speculated on the poverty of these people.
Several times we at Malindikenya.net, also thanks to the help of some readers, we went to this village in the hinterland of Malindikenya to verify the situation of the local population. Situation more than problematic, because to the damage of permanent poverty have been added those of the passage of "volonturism".
The same Gianfranco Ranieri, on the social page of Karibuni Onlus notes:
"Many Italian and private associations that have sent rivers of money here for a myriad of projects with the result, however, that the growth of this community has been imperceptible even generating in many, especially in young people, the idea that it was the duty of the Italians to maintain them and their right to do nothing or almost nothing. It is a personal opinion, in fact here Karibuni Onlus has never intervened".
In addition, the situation worsened due to the emergency Covid-19 and Malindikenya.net, already engaged with the Rotary of Malindi, the association PWAM and the Chamber of Commerce in food distribution to vulnerable households and villages, responded to the call of the local community manager Albert Chome and went to the village for extra distribution.
Karibuni joined in and together we immediately looked for a sustainable way to bring our contribution and change the mentality especially in young people.
So Karibuni's project director, Jackson Kanai, proposed an initiative along the lines of what they've been doing successfully in Langobaya for some time, for example, reducing unemployment by 12% with both direct and indirect projects. Thus was born the idea to offer two young people from Chakama, Shukrani of 22 years and Benson of 18, to go for two months to Langobaya for a free internship in agriculture and breeding. Other young people, especially those who have learned the techniques of "savana boys" better than they are interested in studying or working, refused our proposal. Now it is hoped that the first two students of Karibuni Onlus will make the most of this experience and then we will see how to launch with them the first sustainable agriculture project in Chakama.
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