Lwala Community Hospital
In partnership with Lwala Community Alliance and supported by Segal Family Foundation and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, DIG has implemented a program to bring improved farming knowledge, food security, and new practices to the Lwala community.
This project started with the development of a vegetable garden on the Lwala Community Hospital grounds to act as a demonstration plot for the community and to supply vegetables to the hospital and community. The demonstration garden at Lwala Community Hospital is broken up into different plots designated for hands on trainings. Initially, the training started with 42 people from three groups 1) Umama Salama group, which work as community health workers to encourage safe motherhood and birthing practices; 2) HIV support group; and 3) a youth group made up of young men and women, many of whom do not have enough money to stay in school but can use the skills gained through this program to earn their way back.
The demonstration garden at Lwala Hospital has now trained 184people trained and counting, as well as developed 417 home gardens, 26 community plots/groups. Additionally, DIG has expanded our work in the nearby community developing new school demonstration gardens at Kuna Primary, Kameji Primary, Sumba Primary, Tuk Jowi Primary and Secondary and Rang'ala Primary.
DIG is also working with the local Ministry of Agriculture and Youth and Child Rural Empowerment Network (YACREN) to develop 8 community gardens with different youth, women and HIV groups in the surrounding area.
Lwala Community Hospital
Lwala School Sites
Crossroads Spring InstituteCrossroads Springs School for AIDS Orphans is in a rural district in western Kenya. Hamisi, Kenya has been devastated by the HIV epidemic. Crossroads Springs School is trying to fill in an educational and parental gap by providing boarding for 80 orphans and high quality primary education for another 240 vulnerable children. With support from the Rotary Club of Durango High Noon, Segal Family Foundation and the International Youth Foundation, DIG is working with the school leadership and agriculture teacher, Nicolas, to form an educational demonstration garden, integrating the DIG nutrition and sustainable agriculture curriculum into the school and establishing an after-school agriculture program. Currently, the Agriculture School Club made up of 25 motivated students has developed the demonstration garden on school property with help from DIG and Nicolas. They have planted carrots, amaranthus, blacknight shade, cowpeas, green peas and french beans directly into the beds. They have also been learning about nurseries and just started a tree nursery with moringa, croton and grevillea. The goal of the project is to train students with a employable skill as well as reduce food expenditures for the school.
WISER Girls Secondary School
DIG received a grant from Starbucks and the International Youth Foundation to establish a garden supporting the nutritional needs of the WISER boarding school. DIG's mission is to create vegetable gardens for HIV treatment facilities so this was the first opportunity for DIG to work with an educational facility allowing us to engage the students and educate them about new methods of organic gardening, water conservation, and sustainability.
The project gave us a chance to develop a curriculum around the concept of sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and income generation (entrepreneurship). The WISER girl site has allowed us to demonstrate three different types of agricultural techniques: improved beds, raised beds, and field crops. It serves as a perfect demonstration site where the students can experiment and gain practical experience to extend into their communities. The students continue to learn new skills and share them with the surrounding communities. The students have used the practical knowledge gained to create a HUG (Home Urban Garden) at community member’s residence. This HUG gardens have validated their knowledge, empowered families, and introduced the idea of giving back through community development.
Working with the girls at WISER has been a wonderful experience for DIG. It has broadened our concept of how a garden can have a positive impact on a community by educating and engaging youth. The girls participate with much enthusiasm and learn the skills very quickly. It is very impressive to see their dedication and commitment to creating a garden from which they reap many benefits.
Ruiru Clinic with Mothers 2 Mothers (m2m)
Mothers 2 Mothers offers an effective, sustainable model of care that provides education and support for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV/AIDS. Their focus in on mother to child transmission of the disease. They operate in hundreds of clinics throughout southern and eastern Africa. DIG has started a pilot project at one of the clinics they work at just outside of Nairobi. This garden is helping mothers know the importance of nutrition and how to achieve it through gardening.
Raila Secondary School & Pillars of Kibera
DIG started its first school project in Octopber 2009. The Raila school serves 800 students in the heart of Kibera the largest slum on the African continent. Their basic diet has been composed of collard greens, corn meal, and beans. We have established two gardens at the school which now provides a variety vegetables to supplement their meals. The garden also proved a classroom environment for their mandatory agriculture classes.
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