Orphans at Namulekhwa Wedinye waiting for the communal meal
1. SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS
Since 2007 SGG has been supporting 500 orphans & vulnerable children whose guardians are members of Maendeleo Mashinani in Busia. Initially this project provided a nutritious weekly meal for these home-based orphans, but now we also encourage income-generation schemes for their guardians.Read more...
2. TABLE BANKING
Since 2009 SGG has been providing microcredit for those members of Maendeleo Mashinani who wish to implement an income generation scheme. Typical schemes include: poultry rearing, cereal trading, indigenous vegetables, pig-breeding, tree-planting, growing bananas.
A typical table banking meeting with a group of FOCUSSA members discussing possible projects
20 bananas planted as part of agroforestry development on a farm near Nambale.
OPTIONS and Treedom are SGG’s main tree-planting projects, but we have other schemes which do not fall into these two main programmes. In particular we plan to contribute to a Busia programme to convert local farms into agroforestry units, and we are also looking to plant trees in any of our partner countries to offset carbon emisssions.
Tephrosia vogelii. One of the pesticidal plants being promoted by Options
ARDAP research station which has established that small farms can produce annually more than 10 tons of compost like this from a 1 hectare farm.
This project promotes greater use of pesticidal plants among farmer communities. It is estimated that about 30% of crop production south of the Shara is lost through pest damage. Many farmers cannot afford synthetic chemical pesticides, so this project promotes natural, cheap and safe plant pesticides.
5. ORGANIC GARDENING AND COMPOSTING
SGG is promoting organic gardening as an appropriate strategy for Kenyan small farms. The start of any transformation to organic gardening is the production of large quantities of compost needed to maintain soil fertility on land which might produce 2 -3 crops each year.
6. OTHER PROJECTS
The above are SGG’s main current interests and activities, but we have several other projects where we wish to promote development but where we lack sufficient resources at present to do so.
Infants at play at Home for Abandoned Babies in Moshi, Tanzania
ALL SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL GARDENS PROJECTS AIM TO IMPROVE THE FUTURE PROSPECTS OF CHILDREN LIKE THESE.