This project is based in Manyatta Kenya, and will increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in urban spaces to ensure vulnerable groups in the community, particularly pregnant women and children, receive nutritious food.
Urban slums are tough environments to live in and have very little room for gardens. However, we have a number of creative solutions that will both set up urban community gardens for families to farm and eat from, as well as training opportunities.
Giving children improved access to nutritious food improves their concentration at school, increases awareness of healthy eating habits and opens pathways for future employment / education opportunities in agricultural industries which are flourishing in developing nations.
Promote farming fresh fruit and vegetables in slums to increase access to nutritious food for children living in poverty.
Provide opportunities for children living in slums to connect with farming, to open potential pathways for future employment in agriculture-based activities.
42% of Kenya's population of 44 million, live below the poverty line (UNICEF).
Access to basic services such as health care, education, clean water and sanitation is a luxury for many people.
About 75 percent of Kenyans earn all or part of their income from the agricultural sector (USAID).
Official estimates indicate over 10 million people are food insecure with the majority of them living on food relief (Food Security Portal).
how are we doing it?
Urban community gardens will be owned and worked by families in the slums. This includes:
Establishing trellis gardens along walls and pergolas with climbing plants that provide shade during the day.
Chickens incorporated into the limited space to provide eggs for the children and fertiliser for the gardens.
Rotary compost bins will turn organic vegetable waste into valuable fertiliser.
Street kids will have the opportunity to learn basic farming skills and those that show promise will be given the opportunity to attend further training programs.
Identify spaces suitable for gardens
Construct trellis and pergola garden beds
Purchase rotary compost drums
Establish chicken flocks
Train local organisations
By partnering with us on this project, you will be directly funding urban gardens in slum areas for vulnerable community groups to gain access to nutritious food. Your investment will purchase the elements listed under 'Project Activities' above. This represents a long-term opportunity for families to create their own sustainable source of nutritious food and to learn skills that potentially will provide agriculture-based employment in the future.
Sponsor a garden: $100 (or your choice of donation)