Food security is a challenge the world over in both developing and developed countries. The challenge is not that we cannot provide food. "We" can provide instant gratification, but this is a short term and band-aid solution. The challenge is being able to provide sustainable food sources. The solution is to transfer skills and to develop sustainable locally based food sources. This is the intent and underlying objective of the My Arms Wide Open, My World In a Garden, Vertical Food Gardens.
Many children in the community do not have access to more than one meal per day, and that one meal is not necessarily a healthy meal. There are children and child-led households in the community who are not only hungry and undernourished, but are also suffering from HIV/Aids and other diseases or illnesses. Without a good, fresh food source disease takes over and these children are handicapped even further. In addition to this, high rates of unemployment are a challenge in the communities.
By creating a consistent flow of quarterly revenue into communities to support the establishment and ongoing maintenance of the plants that produce the fresh vegetables and fruits the communities need and create realistic employment opportunities, this project will help to address food security challenges from within the communities. A combination of an ongoing commitment from donors and engaging the youth and women directly within the communities on a daily basis increases the risk of success.
As a result of the ongoing program skills are transferred around vegetable and fruit growing, business skills and community engagement and capacity building. The initial "My World, My Garden" project creates a model and funding for community based enterprises built around food growing and harvesting and engages the community across generations.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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