Peace Garden: Rift Valley, Kenya

Where am I? The Rift Valley, Kenya.  Birthplace of humanity. Connecting point for Mediterranean, African and Asian bio-regions and ancient (first) civilizations.

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The Rift is  also home to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, filled and surrounded by astounding rare species, threatened by climate change.

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The rich bio-diversity here has long sustained local communities in a variety of livelihoods, including fishing, traditional farming, nomadic pastoralism, and diverse artisanal craft-making.  The Rift is also known for it’s honey-makers, and inventions in bee-hive construction.

Climate change has hit the area hard. The historically clockwork March rains are now unpredictable.  In 2008, the Rift and other areas were also exposed to post-election violence. Many died. Many adults and children suffered.  An IDP (internally displaced persons) settlement was built on a hill.  Shalom Primary School opened a few years ago.

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For me this journey begins October 2015 with long walks up a steep hill. I met everyone.  The diverse community here plant fields of maize and cultivate daily life.  The students learn together.

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Maybe the problems of climate change do, somehow, open communication over serious matters of food growing – and water sharing.

A chance meeting with a staff member brought me to visit the school. My first walk across the school field sparked my imagination with….gardens, trees, birds, butterflies, and bees. . . .

. . . a peace garden.

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Somehow. 

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