Food security is a fundamental human right. Yet, we live in an age where the global industrialized food system prevents many accessing quality, affordable and local food. By empowering communities to grow food for themselves, we can create sustainable solutions to this problem, while at the same time, aiding the environment and local economies.
Mama Hope's work with the Rita Rose Garden and the Akili School Farm in Kisumu, Kenya is seeding revolutionary ground.
RITA ROSE GARDEN
The three acre patch of land known as the Rita Rose Garden was purchased in 2009. Since it's barren beginnings, it now boasts more than one acre of drip irrigation, four fish ponds, 17 bee hives, mulitple greenhouses and a goat farm. In addition, it is connected to the electrical grid and the clean water borehole that feeds the farm also serves the 39,000 people in the broader community.
The Akili School Farm
Due to high cost of living in the country many parents living in Obunga slum cannot adequately provide food for their families. It is not uncommon for school going children to come to school hungry, having not taken breakfast and sometimes dinner. As a result some children are malnourished from eating a limited diet that doesn’t allow them to thrive. The Akili Preparatory School for Girls has, in the past, relied on grants to operate its school feeding program. Unfortunately, this intermittent funding has been unsustainable forcing us to run the program when funds are available and stop the program when funds are depleted leading to inconsistent outcomes.
We are commited to working with the Akili Sustainable Farm to ensure that no child enrolled at Akili goes to school hungry. We understand that school feeding programs are an essential aspect of child growth and holistic development. It is essential to provide a balanced diet to all children to enable them to increase their attention span hence better academic achievement.
Akili runs a sustainable farm (1 acre) in Obunga slum, Kisumu where we grow organic tomatoes, indigenous vegetables, kale and cabbages to not only provide food for the girls through the school lunch program but also to generate income for the school through sale of surplus.
The farm also empowers local women who buy the surplus produce at wholesale price and resell it in the community to generate income to support their families.