About Friends of The Valley (FOTV)
Starting in 2009, FOTV Founders: Stephen Kipchumba Arap Sergon & A. Kip Kipyegon engaged their friends on a vigorous discussion on how to bring about developmental changes in our communities back in Kenya. The many friends included: Jebiwott Bischop, Dr. Solomon Kendagor, Dr. Janet Tarus, Wilfred Chepkwony (Bureti Netebes), Dr. Vincent Chesire, Symon Kimitei, Samuel Cheraisi, Clement Rutto, Jacob Yator, Peter Kimosop, Japheth Kogei, Alice Kipruto Aranga, Paula Graham and Joel Kibet. Dr. Kipkoech Sambu (Honorary) of Kass FM International was and has also been a great supporter since the founding of FOTV.
In march 2nd, 2010 FOTV was registered with a clear vision, that “Through partnership and advocacy, the Water, Food Security, Environmental and Renewable Energy needs of our communities along the Kerio Valley-Kenya, and the surrounding counties are being met.
FOTV also set its clear mission: To promote community participation in eradicating poverty in Kenya through partnership and advocacy.
FOTV’s enumerated goals are: Empower friends, valley by valley, Establish partnerships with friends, local and international organizations, Advocate for sustainable funding for dams and drilling of boreholes, Advocate for the establishments of irrigation projects, Advocate for usage of renewable energy, thus sustainable environment and Promote food Security through growing of fruits in schools.
On October 2012, Friends of the Valley received a recognition award from the Republic of Kenya Embassy at the 2012 Kenya Diaspora conference for positively impacting Community Development. The theme was “shaping the Destiny of Kenya.
In 2015, FOTV launched its first major project- planting fruits in primary and secondary schools in Baringo, Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties. Stephen Sergon, President and Chair of the Board travelled to Kenya, and was able to oversee the donation of 700 mango seedlings to 10 primary schools and two secondary schools in Baringo County. He also travelled to Uasin Gishu, where he donated 300 passion fruit seedlings to Tuiyo Secondary School as well as to Kaigat Primary School in Nandi County with a donation of variety of fruits (plums, loquat and avocadoes).
In 2016, FOTV launched “Adopt a school, Grow a fruit, Feed a child!” program. This was the beginning of our long term goal to see that primary schools and secondary schools in our target counties have variety of fruits growing in their gardens. With great success, FOTV was able to donate an additional 500 mango seedlings to the 9 primary schools in Baringo County, where we first launched in 2015. Further, in Baringo County, FOTV in collaboration with friends and alumni donated 280 mango seedlings to 3 secondary schools and 260 seedlings to 8 primary schools. Finally, FOTV was also able to work with friends and the County Government of Elgeiyo Marakwet to donate 240 to 6 primary schools.
In 2017 and beyond, FOTV is planning to continue with the expansion of “Adopt a school, Grow a fruit, Feed a child!” program. We encourage our friends to donate or adopt a school, so that, together, we can help feed our children, thus achieving one of our goals- promotion of food security through growing of fruits in schools.
Friends Of The Valley (FOTV) is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization registered in the State of Maryland, USA.