Children
 Zimbabwe
Project #16082

Seeds Will Change the Lives of Youth

A microproject by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
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Summary

AIDS orphans are among the most forgotten children and the hungriest. 3,750 youth aged 12-24 will be trained in conservation farming, giving them skills needed to grow nutritious vegetables in arid areas. As the children learn how to plant, harvest and produce their food, they learn valuable life and gardening skills so that they can fend for themselves and can be marketable due to their competencies as gardeners. This project, in partnership with Seed Program International, will be life saving.
$2,095
total raised
46
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years active

Challenge

Food is scarce for orphans in Zimbabwe. In fact, it is scarce for most of the population due to a sustained drought and this year, intense flooding AFTER gardens died. Children are going to bed hungry, making it hard for them to concentrate on school work and their daily activities. They are sometimes found eating dirt or trying to eek out a meal out of leaves and from any twig they find. If the children are HIV+, they need even more food to keep infections at bay and their bodies strong.

Solution

We provide training in conservation farming to the eldest child in an orphan household, including composting, seed saving, planting, and other topics. Drought resistant seeds are given to the kids to plant gardens. Monitoring will be provided so that the kids are not left alone while gardens grow. Kale, spinach, maize, tomatoes, peppers, squashes, and other nutritious food will be harvested for them to eat. Seeds are saved for next year. Youth get stronger with good food and return to school.

Long-Term Impact

The 3,750 children who are part of this project will have the ability to become healthier due to good nutrition. With the proper seeds, training and follow up, they have every chance of returning to school with full bellies and to pay for rent, medicine and other necessities through the sales of extra produce. In the long term, this is beneficial not only to the children, but to their communities, as they can barter with each other and the orphaned children are not dependent on benefactors.

Resources

http:/​/​www.afcaids.org
Hunger is looming for Zimbabweans
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Organization Information

American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.AFCAids.org
Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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