Global Roots

Global Roots improves the lives of orphans and disadvantaged children with support of local humanitarians from all over the world. We feel the best way to bring about positive change is to offer assistance to the humanitarians who have already taken the first step to help the children in their local community. They are our heroes and it is through them that Global Roots works to protect the world's most valuable asset, its children.
Feb 18, 2015

2014 year-end report -- 2015 new beginning

A few of the orphaned children we support
A few of the orphaned children we support

Greetings friends!

We are now coming out of winter in Baharak Afghanistan and we are starting to prepare the soil for replanting next month. We currently have 20 orphaned children who are supported by our program and 40 other children from very poor families.

We are more excied than we have ever been about this project because we have found several ways to make the Baharak Children's Garden (BCG) and Foster Child Network SELF SUSTAINING in five years.

1. The fruit trees we planted three years ago will bear fruit for the first time this season. This will enhance the diet of the children we support, their families and, perhaps most important of all, their foster families.We are about to invest in the planting of several hundred more trees this year in order to have a bumper crop in three years -- enough fruit to sell at market so that the BCG can become self sustaining.

2. A boom of the local economy has brought about demand for ornamental row tress that we are also growing at our farm. The sales of these trees will also create a financial surplus that will make the BCG self sustaining.

3. Finally,we plan to purchase a hundred more chicks this year due to the success of our chicken egg farm. Chickens are not an easy animal to raise because they are susceptible to disease and chick mortality is high. We started two years ago and we have learned a great deal along the way. The sale of chickens at the local market will further enhance this program's self sustainability.

NEW FOR 2015: We are hiring a wonderful woman who lost her children to the war and is coming to cook for the 20 orphaned children supported by the Baharak Children's Garden. This "garden lunch" program will soon be the talk of the entire region.

As it stands, the particpants of our program arrive hungry and they leave hungrier -- but with big bags of produce and eggs that they can then eat with their famileis and foster families.

We have always felt the need to feed our children on site but until now we didn't have the means to make it happen. Thanks to recent Global Giving donations, we can now feed our children at the farm!

Thank you for your help!

Please see the attached report that details our plan for 2015.

What follows is a recap of 2014. We hope you will choose to support this program and that you will also tell all of your friends about it!

2014 Recap

The Baharak Children's Garden (BCG) is a not-for-profit project established in April of 2012. It is funded solely by Global Roots and currently supports 60 children (including 20 orphans). This project mainly focuses on children who have lost their parents during Taliban, Al-Qaida and drone attacks. The Baharak Children's Garden has grown well during the past three years and is expanding its activities each year in order to serve and take care of more and more children. The BCG provides multiple levels of support to orphaned children including basic nutrition and education. The children raise vegetables, chickens and they plant/maintain fruit trees during their time spent at the garden. In turn, the produce and eggs help them to find a foster home where they receive winter support, school supplies, healthcare services and emotional support. In the long run, production from our fruit trees will make this program 100% sustainable

Through hands-on practical training, the program teaches children how to plant and grow vegetables and raise chicken eggs. This is done in a supportive and fun environment that respects the abilities of each child. It is our paramount goal to give each child a sense of self and the ability to stand on their own in the future.

In 2014, the BCG provided 13,140 bags of different types of vegetables to 20 orphans. Each child received 657 bags for a total value of $657 (based on local market prices). This is considered an income for each child registered in BCG. This puts a value on a child and actually attracts a home for them.   

Job creation BCG has provided jobs for two men who work as a manager and security guard for seven months and receive a monthly salary.

Tree Farm In addition to growing vegetables, BCG has established a farm of fruit trees in order to provide more funding resources in the long run and continuation of BCG programs. Currently there are more than 1,000 trees on this farm which will be ready to distribute to the children this year. Each tree will have a value of 2-6 USD per child. This is considered a resource for BCG selfreliance and sustainability. BCG plans to expand this farm annually to increase its products. This farm will help BCG distribute trees to children to plant at their houses, schools, parks, hospitals and elsewhere to make their living environment safe, green and abundant.

Chicken farmBCG has established a chicken farm inside the garden to educate children on how to keep chicks while receiving the benefits of what they produce (eggs). The students receive eggs and vegetables every week. According to the interviews some of the children cook and eat the eggs themselves while others sell their eggs to neighbors in order to purchase items that they need urgently.  

Providing nutrition BCG has been providing nutritional support for the children through the distribution of more than twelve types of vegetables, eggs, fruits and food. Our vegetables provide the sole vitamins that these children absorb.

Providing daily physical activities for children Children at BCG are given the chance to exercise for at least one hour three days per week. The exercise and time spent in the sun in a green environment is helping participants to have a have sound mind and body. 

Removing ignoranceChildren are mostly ignored in undeveloped countries like Afghanistan and this can lead to the child facing different types of mental diseases. In the BCG the participants are given a great deal of attention and they each learn a sense of self and what it means to be self reliant.

Filling the parental gap for our orphaned children Orphaned children experience an emotional gap when they see other children with parents who take care of them. In the BCG we try to fill his gap and never give our orphaned children the chance to feel that they are alone and have no one to take care of them. Through our services and basic lessons we help orphaned children forget the absence of their parents and think positively about the power of their own future.

Providing entertainment for children The children spend two hours three days a week in BCG. They spend one hour working with the vegetable, chicken and tree farms and one more hour playing with each other. This helps them practice different games with their partners and team members. The BCG helps children recognize their abilities through action

BCG was reinitiated on April 1st in 2014 and it was served children until Oct 30 2014. The total actual operating cost for seven months from April-Oct was $8,860.

Conclusion:  

In 2014 BCG has provided nutrition, social-economic, entertainment and agricultural activity services to 60 children (including 20 orphans) for seven months starting in April and ending on October 30. The total actual cost of this project in Afghanistan was $8860.80. In total 13,140 packages of vegetables were distributed to children from crops of BCG which is estimated to be worth $13,140. Each of the orphans spent 168 supervised hours at BCG in 2014. Additionally, two employees were paid a monthly base salary and benefited from BCG.

Security Metrics

The BCG played a major role in finding a foster home for 20 orphaned children. Without support from the BCG, these children likely would have been abducted by forces that mean to do them harm.


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Nov 25, 2014

New Children's Garden and ongoing transparency

new garden at Iviani
new garden at Iviani

Our Children’s Gardens in Mtito Andei are now providing hot lunches to more than 500 children at two schools. A third garden was planted last week by volunteers next to Iviani Elementary School after a tech team from Global Roots brought piped in water for irrigation.

Keeping children in school in this part of Kenya is critical because Mtito Andei is a place where unattended boys are forcibly recruited into gangs and girls are forced into a lifetime of sexual slavery.

According to our local manager “the presence of the Global Roots projects in these schools has been a big blessing to the students and to the community at large. Currently, the classroom performance has improved due to more learning hours and absenteeism is minimal. Students are now taking hot lunch and this leads to better concentration in the classroom. Furthermore, agricultural skills are being acquired by the students thanks to the Global Roots greenhouse and expansion gardens that are accessible to the pupils during their free time. Poultry keeping has become a keen interest to the pupils and many of them are now practicing this at their homes. The vibrance of our gardens have attracted stray children. Parents are willing to take these children in because they can get food for them from the school garden. The enrollment at our schools with gardens is therefore increasing.

New Garden at Iviani Elementary

The “Iviani" garden was planted today. Despite the many challenges — especially with tire punctures (from long defensive spikes from the Acacia tree), the parents showed courage and now they are proud to have a one hectare farm. The produce will go to the school’s lunch program this spring.

The parents at Iviani call 2014 “a year of blessing”. This is the year that Global Roots technicians piped water into school for the first time and GR also financed the construction of standard toilets. One Iviani father thanked our local Kenyan manager for what he called an “eye opener.” The entire Iviani community has been galvanized by infusions of Global Roots funding and interest.” We want to thank Iviani parents for their hard work!

Our advanced garden at Matangini Elementary is ready for its second harvest in the greenhouse. Sukuma wiki will be planted this round. The school committee is fully functional and all Global Roots transparency requirements are being met.

Our most productive local garden and school lunch program is localted at Matulani Elementary and it excels due to the vigilence of the Matulani PTA and the hard work of the school master.

Sukuma wiki is being planted outside our massive greenhouse in an external garden. The large greenhouse structure next to the eternal garden continues to keep elephants at bay. No elephant has gone closer than 50 meters to our greenhouse -- so our external crops are protected.

The Matulani garden is so well maintained and it has been a learning field to the schools around.

Our annual metrics report will be published next month. We have been collecting the data we need to show that children who enjoy a daily meal at schools in any impoverished area will out excel those who don’t.

None of this would be possible without the donations we have received from donors at Global Giving.

We have attached examples of our oversight and transparency work.

Thank you!

tomato distribution
tomato distribution
kale harvesting
kale harvesting
Matulani School Grade Metrics
Matulani School Grade Metrics
Matulani garden transparency requirements
Matulani garden transparency requirements
Global Roots tech team on site
Global Roots tech team on site
Nov 17, 2014

Fruit Trees and Transparency Mission

A few of the Afghan girls we support
A few of the Afghan girls we support

An update from our manager on the ground (JJ)

The trees our staff planted three years ago are giving fresh fruits now and students are tasting it for the first time. There are a lot of trees at BCG now and most of them have fruit this year. Peach is the most successful of all. Last week the children celebrated their first peach tasting! When I asked them how it taste? the answer was obviously positive “very sweet".

Also there are many apple tree which have apples this year but now they are raw. and will be ready to eat in a month inshallah (god willing). so after this there are not only vegetables at BCG but fruits too. again I congratulate it to Global Roots and its honorable donors specially those who helped us to make this garden and give these fruits and vegetables to children (orphans) now. -- JJ

Oversight challenge. Due to the country’s ever-changing political climate, it is getting more and more difficult for local Global Roots managers to transmit video of the Baharak Children’s Garden along with precise measurement data.

There isn’t single high speed internet link between Baharak and Kabul. We had hoped for a while that the country’s largest telephone and wireless company, Roshan, would help provide a line but negotiations have been slow. We are hoping to eventually transmit videos of our project by way of a one way wire that connects a hospital in nearby Faizabad with a hospital in Pakistan. The Pakistani hospital is connected to the World Wide Web so it would be very easy for the hospital to forward the data to us in the USA.

We are waiting for the various players to sign off on the deal. The videos show children growing and eating food — so we hope no outside authority will interfere with the transmission.

Oversight Mission. We are paying the expenses (about $600) for one of our transparency managers to travel from Kabul up to Baharak to conduct careful project oversight this spring. The Afghan Air Force will give our manager a lift in a “return of remains” helicopter flight.

Project Expansion. We are seeking a major grant from US AID to expand our project. Please stay tuned and don't hesitate to write your congressman on our behalf.

Annual Report. the annual report for this program will available in two weeks and it will automatically be sent to all GlobalGiving donors. Please stay tuned for the metrics for the program you have so graciously donated to..

Thank you!

Global Roota Management

our orphaned children in Baharak
our orphaned children in Baharak

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