« Kugawana Spirulina » is the name of one of the two spirulina farms runned by « Secteur10 », a small NGO founded by a Dutch couple living in the south of France.
Also Spirulina growers in France for commercial use since 2005, they decided in 2008 to start a spirulina farm in a small village in Burkina Faso to help the community of the « 10th sector » of Ouahigouya, a city located in the north of this west-African country. This place gave the name « Secteur10 » to the NGO.
In this farm the spirulina is grown by 3 locals workers and distributed to all the kids of the closest primary school (with rice and beans also financed by the NGO).
This feeding program had a great impact on education and health for the kids of the village: since there was no lunch provided at school before, more and more parents sent their kids to school, and those kids could benefit from good food every day.
Whereas in 2008 only 55 kids went to the primary school sponsored by our NGO, there were 680 at the end of 2019!
A second project in Kenya, Kugawana spirulina
Because the first project gave good results, the founders, joined by other volunteers (mainly relatives), decided to start a second project in Kenya in 2015.
The farm is located in Muhaka, a small village situated 40km south of Mombasa, in Kwale county, South Kenya, and currently employs 6 locals.
The name of the farm is « Kugawana Spirulina », which means « Spirulina to share » in the local language, Kiswahili.
The goal of this second project is also to provide spirulina to those who need it the most: kids who don’t get balanced food, severely malnourished kids, HIV patients, weak people.
Besides learning how to grow spirulina, growing and distributing spirulina, the NGO also helps the community on other issues. For example, the volunteers of the NGO started a sponsoring program with the secondary school of Muhaka to help almost 50 students from needy families, in order them not to be kicked out from school.
Spirulina is a microalga known to be very rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and other nutrients. Being not very well known as for today, also called “miraculous algae”, Spirulina is ideal to fight against malnutrition in Africa where helathy food can remain hard to get.
Naturally growing in Lake Tchad, researchers discovered about it by finding out that people living near its shore were in perfect health conditions compared to most of other people in that country. The african climate which is naturally warm makes it really appropriate for Spirulina farming.
With only 5g intake of Spirulina per day, children suffering of malnutrition can become healthy again in just a few weeks. We saw in Burkina a very weak kid being in good shape just after 5 or 6 weeks.
More curious? Or interested in scientific evidence?
Some interesting links:
- Study: Spirulina in the fight against malnutrition – Antenna
- Medical report: Spirulina Effectiveness Study on Child Malnutrition in Zambia
- Medical report: Spirulina Supplements Improved the Nutritional Status of Undernourished Children Quickly and Significantly: Experience from Kisantu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Medical report about Spirulina food supplementation on malnourished children
- IIMSAM: Intergovernmental institution for the use of micro-algae spirulina against malnutrition
- Spirulina composition :
Videos about spirulina :
- How to grow spirulina? Secteur10 video in Burkina
As we explained, it could also be possible to harvest spirulina directly from Kenyan lakes such as Baringo, Bogoria and others.