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S. Kay Rockwell

S. Kay Rockwell

Professor Emerita

UNL - ALEC (Agricultural Leaderhsip, Education & Communications
Kitui, Kenya; Swahili; agriculture in semi-arid region with underground salty water & needs of HIV orphan families
As Professor Emerita from UNL, I’m honored to volunteer in the Farmer-to-Farmer Program (F2F) in our Federal Government which improves production practices for subsistence farmers in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Since 2005, I have been to East Africa 10 times. In 2011, I met Shadrack Matuku Musyoka (matukumusyoka@gmail.com) of Kitui, Kenya on an assignment, and we expanded our horizons beyond F2F and partnered on humanitarian projects at Chuluni & Voo. At Voo we’ve given four goats (1 Billy & 3 ewes) to over 100 HIV orphans in the neediest families. Voo is a semi-arid region where the underground water is salty, and the 'Goats for Voo Orphans' project has transformed the community. The next step is to develop solar lighting for the mud huts to replace the twig fire currently providing light by which children study. Through Engineers Without Boarders, we seek to partner with an institution, preferably within UNL, to provide solar lighting in 30 homes, and a model community which can be replicated in other Kenyan communities. Shadrack’s goal is to enroll in a PhD program at UNL in Leadership in 2019, and for his daughter to attend UNL to work on her Bachelors in 2020.