Community Garden Expansion in Nyarumanga, Burundi
We are happy to be announcing our plans to expand our community garden in Nyarumanga, Buterere. This would be an addition to the already successful garden located in the province of Kivumu. With the Kivumu garden, we saw the growth it provided for communities and families. It helped them in more ways than one.
Nyarumanga is one of the poorest regions in Burundi and we know it is in need of our Wings of Hope community garden. This educational and co-operative project will generate income, provide food and foster community building. It also will give a sense of pride and dignity to families. Along with strengthening agricultural self-sufficiency in their community, too. This project has proven itself and we are wanting to expand it to another location that is in need of it.
To shed some light on the history of Burundi, they are still recovering from a 15-year (1993-2005) conflict that has led to 300,000 people dead. Agriculture is the main employment sector in Burundi. It is also the traditional source of food and income. Land scarcity is a huge deal in Burundi and lots of farmers have small plots of land, but growing just enough food for their families is also a struggle.
We recognize this struggle as well as those who do not have the opportunity to grown their own crops or feed their families.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 for the expansion. From the original one hectare at the Kivumu garden to another one at Nyarumanga. As a reminder of the power of the garden, the Kivumu location is currently in its seventh season. It has alleviated food insecurity, provided income and helped with people’s health issues.
- Expand self-sufficient agriculture projects to provide families with food security.
- Increase energy levels and health maintenance.
- Generate income through selling their produce in the market.
With the crops grown, 60% will be sold to the market, 20% are kept by the families and the remaining 20% are kept as seeds for the next participants.
Currently, this project supports 70 families. There are 2 growing seasons with 35 families participating per season. With the expansion, we will be able to help more vulnerable families.
We appreciate any kind of help for our community gardens. Please consider donating and helping us in the expansion of the garden.
We also have other programs for you to check out.
If you have questions, feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer them.