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48.3 MILLION ORPHANS IN AFRICA
239 MILLION PEOPLE UNDER NOURISHED
- when you are hungry and under fed
- when you lack an education
- when there is no way out
FOR THE BODY
- provide nutrition and shelter
FOR THE MIND
- provide education
FOR THE SPIRIT
“To lift children out of poverty and educate over 2 million people in 5 years.”
For Lift The Children to enable the children it currently cares for, and those it will endeavor to care for in the future become self-sufficient, Lift has begun to implement long term self-sustainability programs with a goal of educating the poor out of poverty.
Lift the Children is committed to strategy “of reorienting the agricultural & farming system currently in use in Africa towards methods of food production that are highly productive, highly sustainable and that contribute to the progressive realization of the human right to adequate food”
The backbone of this strategy is based on the agricultural science of permaculture.
SO WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
Permaculture is “permanent agriculture”. It mimics natural eco systems to produce more food using fewer resources.
Compared to conventional farming, permaculture:
- Improves soil fertility and water management
- Adapts to climate change
- Reduces farming costs
- Produces higher crop yields
- Provides better diet diversity
The United Nations studies demonstrate that permaculture more than doubles crop yields in African farms.
To the end, in September 2013, Lif the Children formed the Joint African Sustainabilility Task Force. The mandate of the task force is to:
- Develop self-sustainable agricultural production and education programs.
- Implement self-sustaining agriculture systems cost effectively in Africa
- Build training facilities for teachers and farmers
- Facilitate sharing of this information
Today, we are proud to announce that since you last raised your hands in support of Lift the Children (2015), we have successfully completed two major permaculture projects in partnership with Michael Nickels from Seven Ravens &* Aaron Elton from Love on Land.
First , we built the first Practical Permaculture Institute academy of Kenya with Michael Nickels and with financial support from Lush Cosmetics and gala supporters.
This academy is the first of 5 education centres that we plan to open over the next five years.
We are teaching African teachers, farmers and children permaculture techniques – not just in the classroom, but in the field. They learn how to work with the land to design and build sustainable food systems, and how to teach others to do the same.
As of May 2014, over 75 teachers have graduated from our institute. We expect to graduate over 200 teachers annually from each of our 5 planned facilities.
The impact of this program is amplified by directing the training on teachers who then educate students, and local farmers on Permaculture.
Our second project is equally gratifying as it has made of of our very own Lift the Children orphanages not only self-feeding, but self-funding. After visiting every Lift the Children orphanage to assess suitabilility for permaculture installations, Aaron Elton identified 5 ideal sites and selected Gathaithi orphanage to be the first. The project is now complete,m with pond systems, vegetable gardens, animal systems, fa food forest, classroom, a guesthouse, and more. Six months in the Gathaithi is now preparing for a bumper harvest. this pioneering project not only teaches the orphans practical skills and helps them become self-sufficient, but also serves as a model for neighbouring farmers and orphanage to do the same.
Over time, thes projects iwll help to provide mass poverty reduction through educatio. Our goal is to educate over 2 million people within the next five years.