Epako Rainwater Harvesting Project – Namibia
This location of this project is Epako, near Gobabis, in the Omaheke Region of Eastern Namibia.
The project will be carried out at a location run by a local NGO, Early Intervention Programme (EIP). EIP was founded and is operated by Ben Motlata, a local community member and human rights activist. EIP supports and empowers youth who live on the street and provides them with opportunities for an improved quality of life.
EIP is currently providing literature classes, sport activities, and drama classes. Some of the youth live at the project, participate in daily living activities, and receive meals there as well.
The garden will promote sustainability of EIP, ensure that nutritious food is available for the youth, promote skill development, promote responsibility, and foster self-esteem.
The garden currently exists on one small plot of land, approximately 10 x 3 meters and consists of ground soil gardening and micro-gardening in the form of reused tires. It contains spinach, chard, cabbage, onions, carrots, beetroot, and tomatoes.
This project is to be carried out by Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Miller. It is a part of a current program in which Peace Corps Namibia and the Namibia Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) are working together to educate and support identified Peace Corps Volunteers, counterparts and community groups who are interested in starting and sustaining micro-gardens.
In the arid climate of the Kalahari Desert, water is scarce and expensive. The rainy season in eastern Namibia lasts approximately 3-4 months each year and during the remainder of the year, it is without rainfall. Rainwater harvesting will ensure proper maintenance of the garden year-round, including winter crops during the dry season. The reduction in the need to purchase water will allow more funds to be conserved for the improvement of the garden and for other program purposes.
Currently, sixteen boys are intensively supported by the project. At particular times, the project has served as many as 33 boys. In addition, many more people will benefit when future conditions promote garden expansion and further participation by the local community.
A follow-up project, which will be defined and undertaken as a separate project, has been identified. When the current project is successfully completed, a second harvesting system at the other EIP project location will be started. This location is where the caretaker and some of the youth reside, and where the office is currently located. The water from the new project will be used for daily living activities (cooking, bathing, and drinking) and can serve as an additional water source for the garden.
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This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.