Resiliency Gardens for Ukrainian Refugees and IDPs

by Seed Programs International
Resiliency Gardens for Ukrainian Refugees and IDPs

Summary

This project will fund seed access and education programs to establish home and community resiliency gardens in Poland and Ukraine. By working with local schools and communities, we will support vegetable production and community building for Ukrainians and the communities that support them.

$30,000
total goal
$21,899
remaining
20
donors
1
monthly donor
2
fundraisers
11
months

Challenge

Ukrainian refugees and Internally Displaced People, mostly women and children, are struggling due to unprecedented hostilities. Over 2 million Ukrainians have entered Poland and over 6 million Ukrainians are internally displaced, seeking refuge during a time of extreme duress. These hostilities and migration are stressing food supplies and creating shortages all over Ukraine and Poland. Most emergency, disaster relief is focused on meeting immediate needs: shelter, medicine, and dry food goods.

Solution

SPI is supporting home, school, and community vegetable gardens to boost food supply for Ukrainians and the families and communities that graciously support them. Planting community gardens not only addresses food supply issues but alleviates distress, promotes resiliency, and increases place connection in a time of crisis. Research shows that gardening can reduce depression and build community.

Long-Term Impact

Refugees and Internally Displaced People need to establish a sense of place in their new communities. Vegetable-growing programs are unlikely to be the first response in a crisis, yet are an enduring, stabilizing element. Economists and disaster victims alike know that post-crisis food markets can feature wild shortages and surpluses, price spikes and crashes, and food-quality concerns. By fostering vegetable production, our relief efforts can help provide long term resilience.

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Organization Information

Seed Programs International

Location: Asheville, NC - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @seedprograms
Project Leader:
Robyn Love
Asheville, NC United States
$8,101 raised of $30,000 goal
 
32 donations
$21,899 to go
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