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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 the Children 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
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
Since 2013, Lift the Children has been developing permaculture training institutes in Kenya and Uganda.
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.
The impact of this program is amplified by directing the training on teachers and orphanage directors, who then educate students and local farmers on Permaculture.
A success story is the permaculture installation at the Gathaithi Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. This was our second permaculture project and has made Gathaithi Children’s Home not only self-feeding, but self-funding. The installation includes pond systems, vegetable gardens, animal systems, a food forest, classroom, a guesthouse, and more. This pioneering project not only teaches children practical skills and helps them become self-sufficient, but also serves as a model for neighbouring farmers and orphanages to do the same.
Over time, these projects will help to provide mass poverty reduction through education.