Education  Kenya Project #34929

Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide

by Seed Programs International
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Seeds and Support for School Gardens Worldwide
Dec 17, 2020

School Support is Community Support

Junel, Director of the Pere Coatalem de Dufresney
Junel, Director of the Pere Coatalem de Dufresney

Hi Folks, 

 

This update comes from our partners Feed the Children, who are working with private and public schools in Haiti and Guatemala to implement school gardens. These gardens will be cultivated areas around the school premises and will be cared for by students, parents, and school personnel. School gardens in Haiti are particularly important for supplementing healthy student meals that are rich in vitamins and nutrients. Healthy meals enable students to grow, develop, and focus on their learning during the school day. This program will focus on four schools in Guatemala and three in Haiti.

However, the project has been widely affected by COVID-19 with schools shutting down in both countries. So while the students have been absent, Feed the Children has been moving forward and preparing different aspects of the project so everything will be set up by the time the students return. 

For example, in Haiti the primary source of water for the school gardens will be the potable water systems on site at each school. During the rainy season, very little irrigation is typically necessary. However, due to significant changes in weather patterns of late, dry periods during the rainy season make it necessary to have irrigation year-round. Since water is scarce for many of the schools, having the capacity to capture and store rainwater is important for day to day school activities. To assure water access, Feed the Children will implement a conduit and capture system to collect rainwater off the school roof during the rainy season to be stored throughout the dry months.

Junel, Director of the Père Coatalem de Dufresney school in Haiti had this to say about the upcoming projects and their impact on the community:

I would like to thank Feed the Children and Seed Programs International for all the support provided in our community, particularly the school support. I want to especially highlight the school garden project, which has become more important than the initial objectives, namely, to diversify and strengthen the food that is given to children in the canteen.

The whole community benefits from this project, in the sense that people discover other economic opportunities because of what we produce in the school gardens. The vegetables that the schools grow were not typical for the community. Initially, they did not think that the area could produce these vegetables or that there was a market for these vegetables. So, I'm talking about real economic opportunities that are opening to us in the community because its products are indeed in great demand.

It is important to emphasize that the school garden project goes beyond technical learning for the  students. Children who receive the training and knowledge become student advocates for garden  activities and are able to teach other students as well as their family members to encourage additional  school, community, and household gardens. As part of project implementation, community leaders and volunteers were also trained to monitor the garden and provide on-going support.

We look forward to updating you as this school garden project progresses. Projects like this are possible in part to donors like you, so from Feed the Children and Seed Programs International thank you for your support. 

-the SPI Team.

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Preparing the garden
Planting seeds
Planting seeds
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