Biodiversity conservation: It is now evident that most biodiversity species are diminishing at alarming rates, and our planet is facing danger hence the need for protection. This is why RHD has been implementing activities that focus on protected area management and restoration; invasive species and disease control; waste management, erosion and pollution control; rehabilitation and protection of the water towers and strengthening environmental awareness and governance.
Climate change: RHD is working and supporting towards realizing the concerted efforts put across by the national and international mitigations meditated by governmental, intergovernmental bodies and policies to sufficiently reduce carbon emissions and avoid dangerous climate change. In the last years, RHD has conducted a climate resilient and adaptation and sustainable land-use change projects in Nyakach and Uriri sub-counties. We also have plans and are in communication with interested supporters to roll out projects focus to address extreme weather and climate modeling, ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration and a forestation/ reforestation), and technological innovations for adaptation and mitigation.
RHD also recognized that improved energy efficiency, increased share of renewable energy, and cleaner and energy-efficient technologies are important for sustainable development, including in addressing climate change. Wind turbine and solar solutions can deliver clean energy, while integrating efficiency into the plan cuts the energy renewable need to generate it. Renewable energy is an essential element of a low carbon economy. In 2015, RHD distributed Solar Lighting Kits for poor school-going children in Nyakach to 500 school–going children in rural Nyakach to promote the use of clean, renewable energies in rural communities in Nyakach region. This has facilitated social and economical empowerment in the poorest and most marginalized communities in the occupied rural territories through material support and capacity building. Our core focus of is to provide affordable basic energy services to off-grid communities using solar and wind in a way that is both environmentally and socially sustainable.
Sustainable Agriculture for Rural smallholder farmers: We are aware that in order to promote and facilitate sustainable agriculture through Innovative, commercially oriented and modern farming methods and to be able to feed the world’s rapidly growing population; farmers must produce more food on less arable land, and with lower environmental impact. Our approach in achieving food security is based on adopting climate-smart agriculture such as harnessing farm waste as source of organic fertilizer, and use of bio-fertilizer that does not contribute to harmful emissions, better weather forecasting/early warning systems, growing resilient food crops, managing post-harvest losses and crop insurance. This targets to enhance availability of food for the local population through the improvement of better farming method, production and storage, irrigation and cultivation of commercial crops has help people overcome and access food, supply of good seeds, fertilizer and support food security programs.
RHD is currently working alongside with local agricultural officers to spearhead an effort to improve soil fertility through training smallholder farmers and rural communities on better farming methods by organizing training workshops and engaging rural schools to practice school-based farming (through junior farmer field school) to support their school feeding programs, provide farmers with fertilizers, seeds and smart bags (smart farming method).
Water Sanitation and Hygiene: Water is the source of life. No human being, animal or plant in this earth can survive without water. Millions of people in Kenya especially in rural areas do not have access to water. Fair economic development is severely limited by unequal distribution of water, drought, global climatic change as well as local inflicts about water control, has led to scarcity of water in rural areas. Women and children suffer most from shortage of water, covering long distances in search for water. RHD wants equitable access to safe drinking water for all. Safe and accessible drinking water which is affordable to all people for production and consumption and to see water supplies managed in democratic and sustainable manner. To achieve this: We have developed a comprehensive approach for poor rural regions as a whole, including ground water (digging wells) storage of rain water (construction of storage tanks) small and large irrigation, water supply (including catchment control), water quality and sanitation, water efficiency and extreme-event (droughts, floods, disasters, etc.); We have provided education on hygiene, water use and water resource management.
Social and Cultural innovations for Heritage, Values, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue initiatives: Conflict has its roots in cultural, ethnic and religious clashes underpinned by sovereignty, political and economic issues. Social security is a key incentive for attracting investment as it provides an enabling environment for individuals and businesses to thrive. The economic growth and development anticipated can only be achieved and sustained in a peaceful, stable and secure environment.
Our main focus is on how to enhance social integration and promote the exchange of good practice among people belonging to different ethnic groups through networking, participation and promotion of social inclusion, economic prosperity, cultural, and environmental sustainability for all people thereby supporting intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. Our primary targets are young people, citizen groups, cultural institutions, local governments and the public at large who are directly involved in the line of governance, politics, peace, technology, business, education, agriculture, promoting cultural art and heritage.
Since 2014, we have achieved remarkable outcomes through the following activities: Conducted Community Awareness-raising and participation activities in Kisumu and Migori Counties. This was done through organized seminars and exchange visits, exhibition