I will be going to Kenya this summer to help Project Lucas and their mission to spread the gospel through equiping school age children with needed school supplies. If you cannot donate, please share my cause. Prayers are appreciated. (The link is in my bio.)
Created by scientists at Kenya’s Meru University of Science and Technology, the new mobile app monitors the need for water in agricultural lands and controls irrigation equipment. "The app uses sensors that are placed all over the field, and they determine whether soil is moist enough. Farmers in the region traditionally water crops with cans or buckets", a way of getting water to plants which is quite inefficient, said Daniel Maitethia, an electronics lecturer at Meru University.
A Kenyan farmer, who paid $721 to install the system on his 1.5-acre farm, said that "although the app is expensive, it's a cost worth paying when comparing the current harvest to previous years."
As of 31 January 2017, Kenya hosts 496,420 refugees (159,053 in Kakuma, 270,100 in Dadaab, and 67,267 in Nairobi). Refugee influx from South Sudan into Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei continues, with 1,557 new arrivals in 2017, of which 107 are unaccompanied minors (61 boys and 46 girls) and 547 are separated children (362 boys and 185 girls). Due to the worsening drought situation in South Sudan and Somalia, there is the likelihood of increased arrivals of drought-displaced persons in both Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee camps, with an increased number of children suffering from malnutrition.
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