We are still reeling from the generosity you all showed during out recent Smart Young Farmers campaign.
Giddy as we may be, however, we have been hard at work. The children’s gardens have spread like ivy. Virtually every open sunny space is now lined, rank upon rank, with beautiful heads of lettuce, elegant garlic tops, spreading squash leaves or emerging onion shoots. Every Saturday at dawn – before it gets too hot – the fields are full of kids, laughter and a lot of weed throwing and water spraying.
As for the new kitchen cold room, the money has arrived and the plans are in the hands of the contractor to confirm the design and budget. The new cold room to store the gardens’ bounty is the talk of the staff. The design calls for a sub-floor, external walls and roof made of the Styrofoam cement we use to make bricks for construction. (The inside will be lined with hard foam insulation) The kids are all excited that construction is about to start since there will otherwise be a lot of lettuce to eat all at once.
It has been a terrific experience for the kids, they have learned so much about how to grow their own food, a valuable skill that will last them a lifetime. Both the boys and girls have participated in this project.
Our girls, however, have higher inspirations. They are working hard in school, hoping to continue on with higher education to pursue their individual dreams. When GlobalGiving announced their Girls Fund competition we knew we had to enter. We are always scrambling to cover the cost of higher education for these high achievers.
Our new campaign Empower Young Girls to Achieve a Successful Career kicks off today and runs for two weeks. We are vying for one of the top spots to win funding for one year from GlobalGiving’s ongoing Girls Fund campaign. Each donation counts as a vote, whether it is a $10 donation, or a $1,000 donation. So we are going after the ”votes”, and asking all of our friends to make a $10 donation to our project to help us win. We would appreciate your “vote” as well.
P.S. Thank you for your support, it means the world to us.