Greenhouses for schools in Kenya
The building of greenhouses is an effective and tested method of moving communities and schools onto the path of self-sustainability.
The installation of greenhouses decreases hunger, increases nutrition and provides communities or schools with a structural source of income.
In many rural areas of Africa, too much sun, too little rain and pest infestations result in drastically reduced food supplies. For small farmers and communities all of this results not only in famine, but also in no money to buy food.
A greenhouse uses less water, can be operated organically, and food can be grown for a village. Surplus food can also be sold to help maintain the greenhouse operation as well provide an income for the farmers.
ChildsLife places greenhouses at schools and communities. After installation the greenhouse is placed under school or community management. The produce of the greenhouses is utilized for schools or community feeding programs. In addition, as greenhouses provide more crop than required for consumption, the remaining crop is sold at local markets. This income is re-invested in the school.
In the spring of 2017 ChildsLife started its partnership with Levarht. Levarht is an important player in the international market for vegetable and fruit production. The company shares their expertise in greenhouse technology with ChildsLife. Levarht provides training and education, on site advice and supplies high quality seeds to schools and communities in the ChildsLife greenhouse program.
In February of 2018 Levarht visited Kenya to share their knowledge and expertise with local growers of ChildsLife greenhouses. A very succesful and valuable visit. Read more about this visit.