Garden progress at Sara’s Children Day Orphanage and School – Malawi, Africa

Garden progress at Sara’s Children Day Orphanage and School – Malawi, Africa

Following the vision care project that Dr. Murphy and Dr. Osiowy attended in October 2016, and their subsequent contribution to helping build a new orphanage for Sara’s Children Day Orphanage and School, we have some updates on the planned garden!

Along with many other Canadian Vision Care Optometrists and contributors, we have lovingly taken Sara’s home under our watch and help support the development and costs involved in providing a healthy feeding program for the children, many of them living with HIV/AIDS.

We keep connected with Sara’s coordinator, Gift. Here is his description of their daily diet and their meal planning and access difficulties:

Life in Africa is a daily challenge. Even the most basics of daily nutrition are a constant battle. There are usually around 80 children at the day home and school. The Children have on their weekly meal a highly nutritious Likuni porridge, peanut butter, milk and rice.

Our family has personally contributed in part through our son, who accepted donation money instead of birthday gifts to go towards the new gardens. I asked Gift what they have been able to grow:

‘We have Chinese Cabbage, Rape, Turnips, Eggplants, Tomatoes, Onion, Lettuce, Mustard, Carrots. We planted lots of tomato but it’s not picking up like carrots and other veggies, as they need fertilizer to be mixed with black soil.’

Gift was able to reach out to a local help to get some fertilizer and an additional tonne of top soil. It is surprising at the logistics alone to keep the garden growing in this parched land. They work very hard to take care of the children and help give them strength with a little bit of nutrition that we so take for granted here in Canada!

We will continue our connection with Gift and Sara’s children and welcome contributions via Canadian Vision Care at www.canadianvisioncare.com.

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