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Gardens of Hope - 2011

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Several months ago, my childhood friend, Linda Greenberg, asked if I would plant school gardens for her in Uganda. She told me about her visit and the impoverished, starving children; I knew I had to help. So the “Gardens of Hope” were started.

Thank You Donors!

Volunteers are needed to help feed the children. Examples below will show how other groups throughout the world can get on board to bring food, skills and a cottage industry to impoverished children. We welcome anyone and everyone to contact, me, Joey, email: jocwalker@centurytel.net, to share our plans and procedures. So many children are starving from malnutrition, diseased water and insufficient food to merely survive!

My local garden club, Avon-on-the-Lake, Avon Lake, Ohio, suggested a project, and named it “Seeds of Hope”. The Avon Lake Library partnered with us and became the collection site for the community. The Girl Scouts started a project called, “Kids Helping Kids”; a YMCA is organizing a collection. So far, 1300 packs of seeds have been shipped to Uganda. The seeds are growing and children are eating. Newspaper articles have been written and the word of need is being heard.

“Happy Grow Garden” grows vegetables through the drought seasons, with the donation of a KickStart waterpump from the Avon Lake Kiwanis. Plant Designs, Inc. Rochester, New York, provided “Vitazyme”, a natural, non-toxic product that doubled the yield in the demonstration gardens. Children have food all year.

“Hope Garden” only produces vegetables during the rainy seasons. Recently, the Rotary Club, in Kabale, has supplied the school with a water storage tank. The Avon Lake Kiwanis Org. heard about the tank and donated another KickStart waterpump to this school; they will have vegetables growing all year.

“Sunshine Garden” has a small yield. They need help to solve the gravity water system problems.

“Seed and Feed Garden” land has been cleared and barbed wire has been strung. We have partnered with the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT)/Jane Goodall Institute in Entebbe, for a helping hand. The children are learning how to make nursery beds, plant seeds and plant 63 grafted seedlings of mango and orange trees provided by CSWCT.

Rotarian James will be traveling to three gardens in Southwestern Uganda, to evaluation and provide reports. Through our 4Uganda “Gardens of Hope’, we are making a profound difference. Please contact us in order to continue our efforts. Joey Walker, USA Garden Project Director and Coordinator.

USA Garden Project Director and Coordinator,
Joey Walker

The Purpose: To grow vegetables in school gardens to feed the children

The Goals:
(1) Plan, dig and plant school gardens with vegetables and flowers
(2) Harvest the vegetables for school lunches
(3) Teach life skills of sustainable agriculture and nutrition
(4) Create an income (cottage industry)

Gardens Planted:
5/2008 “Happy Grow Garden” Buhoma
7/2008 “Hope Garden” Burimba
3/2009 “Sunshine Garden” Butogota
10/2010 “Seed and Feed Garden” Myende Landing
Planning stage – St. Catherine School Garden

Partners in Hope
Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club
Avon Lake Library
Avon Lake Troy Elementary School
Avon Lake Kiwanis
Plant Designs, Inc. www.plantdesigns.com
Kabale Rotary Club
CSWCT/Jane Goodall Institute