This project will start 4-H youth school gardening programs at 9 elementary schools in rural Burundi, a country that is the 3rd poorest in the world and working to heal from decades of civil war. Teachers, administrators, and community members will be trained in 4-H, Play for Peace, and using school gardens to teach students. Youth will develop leadership, conflict resolution, and science skills through this hands-on 4-H programming while also growing food to address poverty and hunger.
Burundi is one of the 3 poorest countries in the world and is working to heal from trauma and poverty caused by decades of civil war. More than 70% of families live on less than $2 a day, and 46% of the population is under the age of 15. Children go to school hungry and spend the day in the classrooms with no electricity, running water, or nourishment. This project will help increase access to food, teach gardening skills and conflict resolution for youth in 9 schools in Burundi, Africa.
This project will provide tools, training, curriculum, and resources that will teach gardening to youth and teachers at 9 schools in Burundi. Youth will be taught to share best practices with their parents and community members will be included in the management of the school gardens.
1000 youth and their families will increase their food security while improving agricultural practices, leadership, conflict resolution, science and entrepreneur skills. These increased skills will lead to better jobs, more economic stability and the opportunity for youth to contribute back to their communities.