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James Nguo, ALIN Regional Director, rejoices after the announcement in San Juan, Puerto Rico by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photo: © BMGF

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The video is a combination of images of Kyuso Maarifa centre staff on the field with farmers during the outreach services. Outreach is an activity of providing services who would have not accessed it. Kyuso Maarifa which one of the ALIN centre whose  mandate is to enable access, create knowledge and empower community hence improving the livelihood of the arid lands communities in East Africa. , ALIN Website

Monday, February 11, 2013


Donkey is a hardy animal that provide a lifeline to families, carrying anything from water, building materials and firewood to maize, Sorghum.

Donkey is one of the animal that is most neglected by many despite the role it plays in day to day life. Most Donkey owners do not give their donkeys the proper attention and care as it is expected.

One of the ways this animal is neglected is by working for long hours, starving and most of the owners do not give it medical attentions. It’s due to this realization that the Kyuso District livestock development office led by Mr. Chege Ndung’u organized a 1 day sensitization/training and free deworming day to the donkey owners of Kyuso, Kitui county of Kenya.

  The event was held at Kyuso Stadium where over 1000 donkeys were dewormed. The farmers were trained on how to take care of the animal. This included harnessing, dewoming, and the ministry livestock under sustainable land management project funded by UNDP had invited the Donkey Sanctuary staff who took the front in farmers training.

The event was dumped “Punda ni pesa” a Swahili translation of donkey is money that was meant as linking the donkey owners to financial services. The event was attended by Banks staffs that encouraged the farmers to open bank accounts.

Speaking to the farmer and donkey owners in kyuso the district commissioner Mr. Peter Maina encouraged farmers to form group of donkey owners for business where he promised them a tender whenever the government has construction projects in the district.

It was clear that donkey have helped the resident of Kyuso since most of them have educated their children upto secondary level from fetching and selling water fellied by donkeys from Rock catmints, earth dams, shallow wells and sand dam.

Kyuso would like to urge the donkey owners to take care of this animal for its equal to other domestic animals. Secondly, we would like to urge people who would like to learn on how to take care of the animal to visit Kyuso Maarifa centre or visit