Feeding Mouths, Filling Minds is helping Humanity Care Liberia who is leading this project on the ground locally. They have donated a plot of land in order to grow crops. Education and interaction with the children of the schools are also a focus of this project.
Project 1808 is a nonprofit working to build a university in one of the most remote areas of Sierra Leone - a project that opens children up to an entire world of possibilities for their future. But in order to stay afloat, the university must be sustainable - using the land it's built on to grow revenue-generating crops that can double as a classroom full of learning potential.
The Rwandan Orphans Project (ROP) is a residential care center in Rwanda that houses up to 100 former street children. Feeding Mouths, Filling Minds is helping ROP to obtain more consistent access to water throughout the year by funding the construction of rainwater collection and storage systems at the center.
Feeding Mouths Filling Minds has established a partnership with Project 1808 to give donors and schools the opportunity to build water wells for schools and communities in rural Sierra Leone as part of our Kids for Kids program.
Feeding Mouths Filling Minds has established a partnership with Live Life Liberia to give donors and schools the opportunity to build water wells for schools and communities in rural Liberia as part of our Kids for Kids program.
learning opportunities & nutrition in an urban food desert
Youth Outreach Service (YOS) is a social services agency on the west side of Chicago that works with at-risk youth to help them reach their full potential. The children they serve are faced with challenges such as homelessness, violence, mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice and family conflict, among other things.
Their location in the Chicago suburb of Austin was built on a lot that sat vacant for years - and had become a dumping ground for garbage and a welcome home for the local rats. YOS wanted to clean up their location's image as well as find a way to build bridges with the local community.
The new YOS location's community was a "food desert" - an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. We worked with YOS to provide a vision for what the lot could become - a community garden managed by their children, but for the benefit of the Austin neighborhood, too. The City of Chicago issued YOS a $3,000 grant that covered the cost of clearing the trash-strewn vacant lot and the purchase of new, suitable soil.
FMFM funded the seeding of the urban garden - donating $3,000 to get it started and more thereafter for maintenance and upkeep. Additionally, a group of FMFM volunteers helped to plant and work the gardens to get things started.
- Donated Supplies: Materials for raised beds, fertilizer, seed, gardening tools
- Total Raised: $4,455 toward raised bed and garden restoration projects
This garden, maintained by the children that YOS serves, now enables the neighborhood's access to produce and other nutritious food. The youth take charge of the garden's maintenance and eventually would like to add a spot for a beehive and small livestock, and host a farmer's market where they can sell what they grow. The learning opportunities for these at-risk youth are endless.