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Meru Women’s Garden Project 2016-2019

Meru Womens Garden Project 2016 2019Meru District is in Tigania East with a population of 136,000. 90% live in rural areas with HIV/AIDs prevalent in the region. Meru Women’s Garden Project will support some of the poorest women-led households in Kenya, and is entirely focussed on providing opportunities to women and girls who may never otherwise be given the chance to earn an income, and gives them status within their community. It fully embraces the three key areas at the heart of SIGBI’s Programme Focus Goals – Educate, Empower and Enable. Improved food production and education will support women and girls to transform their lives and those of others through a process of cascade learning and mentoring thereby reducing poverty, improving health and increasing employment.

The Project aims to:

Educate women to increase their knowledge and skills so that they can use the most efficient, organic methods for food production to:

  • reduce extreme hunger by becoming self-sufficient with sustainable gardens at home
  • improve girls’ attendance and achievement in secondary school by creating breakfast clubs and sustainable food gardens, so that they are not hungry and are better able to learn

Empower women through education to find a voice within their community to:

  • raise their standard of living above the poverty line
  • gain the respect of elders and others, achieve equal representation and take on more prominent roles
  • create productive and decent employment by engaging women and girls with leadership skills to take on training and mentoring roles

Enable women leading a household to create their own employment through growing and selling their crops, or as tutors and mentors to:

  • significantly reduce extreme poverty by enabling and promoting income generating activities
  • promote opportunities to cascade training, form farming cooperatives and establish mentoring
  • increase local women’s share of paid employment

Coffee morning at the Hessions in aid of Meru.

Over 600 euro was raised for the project..

Thank you to former president of SI Ballinasloe Eileen D'Arcy & husband Pearse for hosting a wonderful coffee morning and garden visit in aid of Meru Garden Project. Over 670 euro was raised.