I write a lot about worms for this blog. Usually they are stomach worms and something we hate. But this is a different kind of post about worms. This post is about the good kind of worms: earthworms!
Across the globe, we at Food for the Hungry (FH) help families implement gardens in their backyards. Home gardens help families improve their children’s nutrition, provide additional income through crop sales, and restore dignity to parents who are now able to better care for their kids.
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A pretty great solution to a lot of problems, right?
Birke stands in her family garden.
You’re going to love this story! Birke Debalike is a 35-year-old woman who lives in Ethiopia. She is the mother of six children, children probably much like yours. The problem was, her children didn’t have access to great nutrition. Birke was struggling with how to feed them a balanced diet. Then, she got a solution! FH introduced her family to backyard gardening and provided them potato and vegetable seeds. This helped the family diversify their dietary intake.
“I am really grateful to this excellent program which taught me to grasp important knowledge and skills about food diversification,” Birke said. “Not only did the program help me acquire the necessary knowledge, but also I have been enabled to produce vegetables… Now my kids and all of my family members have access to vegetables and other crops to create a mix of food at home.”
Productive backyard gardens producing nutrient-rich foods are essential for the long-term reduction of under-nutrition and for securing annual food consumption. This gives Birke’s children better health and a better future!
(Read more about FH work in Ethiopia!)
The problem? Gardens alone are not always enough.
Sometimes the soil has difficulty fostering good plant growth. The good news is, there’s an easy solution to that problem. This is where earthworms come in.
This boy in the Dominican Republic is so happy to have worms in his garden.
Earthworms make a huge difference in a garden. They enrich the soil and help break down crop residues so families are able to grow vegetables rich in iron and vitamin A. Plus, rich soil results in increased agricultural productivity and a higher yield of vegetables so kids can eat better, grow healthy and strong, stay in school, and have a brighter future!
Sometimes earthworms make the difference in a child’s access to good nutrition. Isn’t that crazy? Something so small can make such a huge impact for kids just like yours.
We know your family cares about issues like this! What you’ve already donated goes a long way to provide children around the world access to nutrition. But if you want to give a little extra, buy earthworms for a family and help ensure their garden grows big and strong plants, so their children can grow big and strong too. Please click here to give today!