November 17, 2008
The Kilili Self Help Project
Check out the Kilili Self Help Project, an initiative that trains Kenyans in sustainable farming practices. It's interesting to note that half the graduates are women. The project supports the work of trained and certified Kenyan community workers who teach farmers the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method of organic farming and soil fertility management.
Through the generosity of donors, more than 86,000 families are now using simple, ecological methods to achieve food security and economic self-reliance. Highly productive GROW BIOINTENSIVE gardens provide extra crops to sell. Family health improves and children can go to school, often for the first time.
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The Killi self-help project sounds terrific. One of the issues that has concerned me about charitable giving in this and in other countries is the idea of handouts instead of a hand up. The energetic principal of handouts is really a "taking" action. A hand up, an empowering action, is a "giving" event which contributes to both giver and receiver. I thank those responsible for creating self-sustaining farming and self-sufficient communities.
Posted by: Betsy Jordan | Nov 18, 2008 5:39:09 AM