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GRANDMOTHERS KITCHEN GARDEN PROJECT

 

According to the UN’s World Food Programme, hunger is coming in full force to East Africa due to Covid-19.

 

Due to the pandemic and impending repercussions many people are dealing with extreme hunger and food shortages.

 

The grandmothers are the caregivers for many children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The children are not going to school due to Covid-19 closures and the pressure on grandmothers to feed large families is serious.

 

Our project manager Patrick Paul Kidega decided to donate his time and resources and in his words, “We have decided to do something, a new calling, aspire to inspire with permaculture. We have selected 15 elderly women age 70 and above to go design for them a 10m by 3m kitchen garden and plant assorted vegetables, 6 different types with onion, egg plants, tomatoes so that in two weeks they have there some vegetables ready.” Yes they can have a full crop of cowpeas in that short period!

 

Patrick has amassed 59 commitments from young people who are eager to help dig and learn important permaculture skills and give back to their community. In return, they will be able to go home with simple techniques that will give them the ability to grow food for themselves. The project will also provide breakfast and lunch.

 

The curfews, travel restrictions, business closures and gathering bans are deeply affecting Ugandans. Patrick is initiating a program, “that would do something amazing during this lockdown. I know many shall get inspired by our permaculture kitchen gardens and be creative and be positive about this pandemic. Hunger is coming in full force.”

 

Your generous contribution will immensely help the Grandmothers Kitchen Garden Project. 

 

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August 28th, 2020 - PROJECT UPDATE

We have been able to establish 65 gardens so far on a shoestring which is incredible! This low-budget, high-impact project is changing lives on a daily basis!

 

We also planted 200 fruit trees last month. The goal was to plant 5 trees per Grandmothers Garden for the 40 gardens we had already installed. Grafted mangos, grafted oranges, jackfruit, avocado and guava trees were planted at each site. This will enhance soil health, provide another business option for the families and give them access to more nutritious food for years to come. We are working toward our funding goal of implementing 35 more gardens for a total of 100 gardens and planting 200 more trees.

 

There is still time to sponsor one of these life changing gardens and fruit tree planting initiative! Your generous donation will make a huge difference to the Grandmothers Kitchen Garden Project.

 

We totally understand that times are financially difficult for some right now so you can also help by sharing and being an ambassador for our cause!

 

We thank you so much for supporting us by liking our posts, commenting on our work, sending us emails. All these acts encourage us to continue our life-changing work!

 

The entire REFARMERS team in Canada, Uganda and the grandmothers and children in Kitgum warmly thank you.

Apwoyo Matek! (Thank you in Acholi, the local dialect of Kitgum, Uganda)

We only require $80 CAD to build one garden. We wish to implement 100 gardens in total which will impact the lives of 600 - 1500 people. If you would like to sponsor a garden please fill out our donation form below. Thank you so much!

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