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Vegetable gardens and more in Kenya

Kenya’s population has passed the 44 million mark with over 40% living below the poverty line. Many children are going to school hungry. When you are faced with hunger, school becomes a last priority.

Our partners at Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya (G-BIACK) in Thika Kenya, are working to change that! Samuel and Peris Nderitu, founders of G-BIACK started a new program this year called “Biointensive Agriculture for Schools” (BAS) to help children learn how to grow organic food, cooking and nutrition.  “Children are the key disseminators of technologies. When they learn it from school, there is a likelihood of them taking the knowledge at home.”

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Photo credit: Maria Magdalena Facebook Page

Samuel and Peris have 3 schools lined up for the 2016-2017 BAS program: Munyu Mixed Secondary School, Maria Magdalena Special School and Gatuanyaga Primary School. We are fundraising for this program to help provide basic gardening tools, seeds and training materials.

Through our partnership with G-BIACK, we are able to bring about change. Learning to grow their own food will improve children’s and their families’ lives. Kids can spend more time in school, pursue their dreams and earn an income. All of which help fight poverty.

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Caritas Seeds has changed its name to “charity seeds”

caritas seeds has changed its name and its direction. The new name is a game changer. It’s now “charity seeds.”

For the last six years we have been bringing small scale organic farms to people in need, primarily in Kenya. That has gone well and with the help of our partners in Kenya we have brought over 13,000 farms to the region.

Now we are refining our focus and will be directing our attention to schools. We feel this will expand our influence and may even be more sustainable in the long run. Wish us luck!

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Grow Biointensive Video

Here is a wonderful video to really get a look at what an incredible movement charity seeds supports!

“GROW BIOINTENSIVE was developed by John Jeavons and Ecology Action. It has been successfully used in 142 countries around the world. This film was produced to further a global movement toward biologically‐intensive sustainable farming and the work of Ecology Action and G‐BIACK.”

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G-BIACK Tackles More Than Hunger

The Grow Biointensive Agriculture Centre of Kenya, along with caritas seeds, have a main focus in giving people in poor communities a sustainable end to hunger. G-BIACK also acknowledges the fact that poverty creates very serious issues other than malnutrition. Poor communities in Kenya are living in pretty harsh environments that pose a plethora of problems for people without proper housing, clothing, and hygiene. One problem G-BIACK is addressing is the little red mite larva called a Jigger. And these little critters like to make homes in your skin. One of their favorite places to hide is under the toenails on children who play outside, but who lack the luxury of owning a pair of shoes to protect their feet from the Jiggers. The Jiggers will infest their poor little toes, causing the child pain, then eventually leading to the child not being able to walk around. And if a child is in too much pain to walk around their home, by no means are they going to make the trip to school. And this is what G-BIACK wants to help put a stop to. Not only does G-BIACK help with the removal of Jiggers (which entails suffocating it with antiseptic and hydrogen peroxide), but they are also looking for ways to get kids in need hooked up with a good pair of shoes. Shoes can help prevent the Jigger problem all together. When Jiggers are hurting people’s feet, they won’t walk to school. And when they can’t make the walk to school, they can’t gain the education and knowledge to better their lives with work and agriculture skills. So when one contributes to caritas seeds, we make sure G-BIACK is supported in these important efforts. Because of the work done, we can see how simple changes make a world of difference.

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G-BIACK Knows Education is KEY!


The GROW BIOINTENSIVE Agriculture Center of Kenya has already made huge strides in teaching hungry people in Africa how to work with their harsh environment and grow sustainable and nourishing food. The tools that G-BIACK has given to many people has changed lives. They have recognized the huge impact simple education has, especially on young people from poor families, orphans, and girls with abusive backgrounds.

So they have moved forward with their educational programs targeted towards these groups, and are working with people to give them hands on skills in dress making, basketry, beadwork, and other crafting techniques that can improve the quality of life.

Almost 100 boys and girls have taken part in these programs and have gained tools to lead a fuller life.  And thanks to generous donations, the program is growing and more girls and boys will be able to take part in this awesome movement in creating a sense of self-sustainability.

BUT! G-BIACK is always looking for help from anyone who wishes to contribute. They are in need of sewing machines and other tools to keep the program as effective as it has been.

Contribute to caritas seeds and you will be giving second chances to these communities in need!