Convinced that these local cultures and self-sufficiency constitute a food and economic alternative for the most modest families, we support the creation of community gardens around the world.
The consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in these vegetable gardens also contributes to the health of those we help, too often accustomed to subsisting on mediocre foods.
Community gardens, whether communal, collective, shared, rural or urban, are seeing a new upsurge, including in industrialized countries. They represent a food and social alternative for the families most in need. When they are ecological or in permaculture, they have another asset, enabling the learning of responsible growing and healthy eating.
Stop Hunger supports community gardent in Brazil, Chile, Canada, Cambodia, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Uruguay.
- In Brazil, «Rooftop vegetable gardens» (Horta na laje) is a program launched in 2017 in Paraisópolis, one of São Paulo’s largest and poorest “favelas.” Among the 100,000 inhabitants, nearly 30% of mothers leave their job when their children are born. Less income means more poverty and hunger, adding to the risks of marginalization and major insecurity. Co-created with the Women’s Association of Paraisópolis, Horta na laje seeks to reverse the trend by providing mothers with training and tools to grow small organic vegetable gardens together, feed their families and generate an income by selling part of their harvest. Other NGOs and social entrepreneurs now want to contribute to the model’s development to boost its impact.
- In Cambodia, In its Happy Chandara pilot school near Phnom Penh, the association Toutes à l’école educates, feeds and takes care of 1,200 girls, aged six and older, who are among those most in need. We have donated more than USD 40,000 to the school to create new vegetable gardens in permaculture. Seven tons of fruits and vegetables a year will be produced there, representing annual savings of more than USD 23,000. In addition, these vegetable gardens are a place for training schoolgirls, their parents and local farmers in sustainable agricultural technics.
- In Ladakh, in the far north of India, near Tibet, we will soon contribute to feeding 700 students aged 4 to 24 in seven boarding schools. Fresh vegetables will be grown year-round in greenhouses at an altitude of more than 3,500 meters above sea level and temperatures of -15 °C. We are financing this brand-new program of the GoodPlanet Foundation, chaired by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, to support LEHO and HOKA, two local NGOs. We support this aid through training of women including: good greenhouse cultivation practices, preparation of fruits and vegetables in the kitchen, respecting hygiene and food safety.
- In Colombia, between 2012 and 2015, the community gardens supported by the Granitos de Paz Foundation generated USD 17,450 in additional income, helping 250 disadvantaged people. Organic products harvested in these gardens contribute not only to food security, but also to the income of those who grow them.
- In France, we financed the experimental project of an urban community vegetable garden of Restos du Coeur in which a dozen people, who had previously been in a precarious situation, were trained in market gardening and harvest vegetables and receive salaries. The fresh and naturally grown products are then distributed daily to others in need, helping to improve their nutrition. In one year, the kitchen garden of Montreuil and its employees reintegrating society produced nearly three tons of vegetables.