Gouvernement du Canada

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Reforestation & Agricultural Coordinator

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Crossroads Christian Communications, Inc.
Acronyme : CCCI
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : CCCI provides relief and assistance to people affected by disaster, famine, poverty and war, and facilitates sustainable development programs in the countries affected. Since 1982, CCCI an Ontario-based NGO, has partnered with other Canadian and Southern NGOs in more than 40 countries around the world to implement a wide range of developement and relief projects. Assistance provided include: flood and famine relief; agricultural development/food security; shelter and hospital reconstruction; animal husbandry & livestock; micro-credit initiatives; HIV/AIDS education; as well as medical aid and GIK supplies.
Adresse : PO Box 5100, 1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario,
L7R 4M2
FAX: (905) 332-1880
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : David Shelley
Courriel : dshelley@crossroads.ca
Pays : Kenya
Ville : Yatta
Secteur : Sylviculture
Description du stage : The intern will operate in association with Ndalani & Yatta MCF project sites. As alluded to previously, the Ndalani site has been operating for approximately 18 years, and the Yatta site has been in operation since 2003. Both sites provide a safe, loving environment, where abandoned and needy children receive shelter and care, counseling, education, skills training, and primary health care. MCF invests in the lives of children, believing in their potential to achieve and become healthy, productive citizens who will contribute back into society. The children often show their accomplishments in the many extra curricular activities/teams that they participate in. Many of the MCF teams have won national reconigtion.

MCF's work (participarly the Ndalani site) has been described as the model of development. The Ndalani site hosts an accommplished agricultural production, where French beans are grown and exported to the European market. A nursery grows seedlings for agro-forestry initiatives, and massive greenhouse productions advance production of many agricultural produce. The agricultural production is advanced and sophisticated, thereby providing an exceptional learning environment for any intern in the field of agricultural/forestry development.

The intern will reside at the project site and conduct activities in association of these project sites.

In Canada
The internship will last for a 9.5 month period. A total of six weeks will be spent at CCCI headquarters in Burlington, Ontario (4-week pre-departure and 2-week debriefing), two weeks at CHO farms in Ft.Myers, Florida, USA for practical indigenous agricultural training, and 8 months field assignment (overseas).

The climate, topography and soils, which are generally of low fertility, make Yatta and the surrounding region of Ukambani susceptible to erosion, compaction and denudation. The deforestation and intensification of agriculture in this region throughout the last century has resulted in an increasing aridity and infertility of the soils. Instruction in and demonstrations of reforestation, and sustainable agricultural practices have been identified by the MCF Rehabilitation Centre project manager as fundamental to encouraging the community to move toward conservation of the natural resources of the region. The Reforestation and Agricultural Coordinator will work with MCF to incorporate these ideals into their agricultural project and promote them within the community. The intern will also continue with the development of a tree nursery, and the planting of over 10,000 trees in the next 4 years.

In fact, this internship activities work in alignment with the movement around World Environment Day, which is celebrated every year on June 5th. The theme for this day is Deserts and Desertification. The day's agenda is to give a human face to environment issues; to increase awareness and community participation, making people agents of change; as well as to advocate global and national partnerships. Past internships have work activities toward involvement in this day, as will this one.

In partnership with the MCF staff, teachers and community leaders, the intern will:

- Supplement the teaching curriculum developed by the previous intern to enhance the knowledge of staff, participants and community members regarding sustainable agricultural practices.
- Provide support to the on-site farm managers by assisting with record keeping and supervision of workers.
- Build on the previous intern's agricultural training program for the MCF young women, with an emphasis on the role of agroforestry in improving environmental conservation, and ensuring security in food, nutrition, income, shelter and energy, thereby contributing to the alleviation of poverty.
- Research native plant and tree species for re-establishment in the community, thus, increasing the biodiversity of the region
- Initiate tree distribution and education seminars for the local community focusing on the advantages of incorporating trees into their local environment.
- Work with the existing farm managers to improve the yields and quality of vegetable crops.
- Explore, propose and initiate trials of "forgotten" indigenous food crops or non-native species, such as moringa, with greater nutrient content and health benefits than the typical crops adopted in the last century from the early Europeans.
Organisation d'accueil : Mully Children's Family Homes
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : MCF has been operating since 1989, providing a safe living environment for over 1,200 street youth. Children are rescued from the streets, juvenile detension centres, and circumstances of abject poverty. They are provided with shelter, basic education, counseling, medical care, skills training, and loving care. Over the years, MCF has seen many of their beneficiaries obtain a university education, and other such noteworthy accomplisments.

The Founder and Executive Director, Charles Mulli, was a former street kid who made himself into an accomplished businessman. In 1989, he channelled all his assests into establishing MCF, which provides opportunities to the poor and abandoned children with which he shares a history and identity.