Date: October - November 2016
Project type: New Aquaponic System Construction
Partners: Open Arms International
Project Cost: $15,038.36
Size and capacity
60’x 40’: Greenhouse and shade house footprint
12,000 gallons: Recirculating water (45,000+ liters)
5/5000 liter: Plastic fish tanks/sump
20,000 liters: Deep water filtration
6,000 fish: Niloticous Tilapia: fingerling to 1lb within 9-12 months
2000 plants: Over 8000 vegetable producing plants, yielding vegetables all year
US Dept. of State: Tier 2
Victimization: Labor and sex trafficking, child prostitution, genocide, child soldiers
Open Arms International (OAI) is doing amazing work in Kenya, where poverty, sickness, addiction, and human usury are overwhelming in certain areas of the country. Open Arms Village, located in Western Kenya, provides safe homes for orphaned and victimized children as well as a community medical clinic, a school, and meals for more than 300 students. In some of Kenya’s worst slums, OAI also provides daily meals at feeding stations.
In 2016, FFC and OAI came together to increase the sustainability of Open Arms Village. FFC’s Construction Team broke ground with three-foot chisels and a lot of heavy lifting to construct an aquaponics system that sits at an elevation of approximately 8,000 feet. The daily walks of toddlers and preschoolers who stopped along the dirt road to share their love with our dirty crew showed us why these projects matter. At the village, vegetables and tilapia produced by the aquaponics system are shared amongst the homes and also sold to pay the cost of caring for children in these homes.
The country’s needs are huge, and FFC is proud to be part of what OAI is doing to ease the suffering and victimization of children displaced by war, parent death, abandonment, and abuse. The work of partners like OAI and FFC in Kenya not only serves physical needs but also instills hope, which is truly powerful in these communities. With the farm fully functioning, local Kenyans now take pride in maintaining the system and teaching young people about aquaponics.