The Portriez Shamba (garden) was started to benefit our clients with vegetables to add vitamins into their foodintake and since then, we have seen great improvement in their health
Sixty-seven clients and five support groups with 20 members each have benefited from the trainings regarding preparation of gardens, planting, weeding, harvesting, and other management skills. Some clients have really tried to build small kitchen gardens though the challenge they have is lack of water. Lack of water seems to be one of our biggest issues here in Mombasa. We don't lack hard working people or families who want to eat better and to do what they must do in order to eat more nutritionally. What we need is water!
With the lack of water in mind, we studies greenhouses and with the help of AFCA, we purchased on for this land. Right now, seedlings are ready for transplanting into the greenhouse and we hope to have the first harvest of tomatoes and sukuma wiki (Kale) in late January. When this happens, we will celebrate big because this will be a huge thing for our clients and the children in our program. I can't wait for this.
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