Food for Life – Kenya, Uganda, Burundi
Every initiative begins with an idea and Scouts continually search for ways to help in their communities. A positive development in to break the poverty cycle has been a project called Food for Life. As the name suggests it is about feeding people but importantly it is based on that well known Chinese proverb ” “Give a man a fish and you feed him for one day, give him a fish hook and you feed him forever!” (Lao Tzu). Food for life, likewise, is also brilliant in its simplicity because it delivers as it states and enables families to grow additional or sufficient food to feed themselves, thereby freeing income for other purposes!
So, for the small cost of a few seeds a family can supplement, become self- sustaining or grow enough vegetables for themselves and still have some remaining to sell in the market! And, another idea aspect of Food for Life is that it can be implemented in places where land is scarce or unobtainable. For example, detritus such as old car tyres or sacks can be transformed into “mini-farms”.
Scouts are a perfect partner to manage Food for Life projects. Firstly, because when they are trained, in a sense, as market gardeners they are able encourage their parents to participate and secondly their enthusiasm as community trainers, for such a worthwhile programme, is infectious.
Its genesis was as a response to the food crisis and insecurity in Africa.
Several thousand people have already benefitted from Food for Life and the opportunities for future development. They are limited only by a small cost for seeds, the cost of training material and the determination of the recipient to succeed.
World Scout Foundation