December 15, 2012 by  
Filed under News, SOLID Newsletters

SOLID has a challenge for the residents of Salt Spring Island which builds on the hugely successful goat sales from Christmas 2012.

hutIn May 2013 more dedicated volunteers from Salt Spring will be travelling to Kenya to volunteer their time and energy, and a big part of this mission will be the fulfillment of the “Feed a Family, Feed a Village Project” which will provide long lived fruit trees, tools and education on fruit propagation, ensuring that families receive critical nutrition during the annual famine season from March to June.

A donation of just $30 in your name, or someone on your Christmas list, will provide a family with 6 fruit trees, (guava, papaya, mango, banana, passion, and tree tomato), a jembe (hoe), fertilizer, and technical assistance to ensure the long term success of this village based project.

These Kenyan families possess very limited land so the seedlings will be planted around their huts in the village, and an agricultural specialist will work with the families for 6 months to teach the placement and planting of the seedlings, basics of fertilization, dealing with plant pests, and how to propagate new seedlings. A total of 15 villages will be chosen this year and a proportionate amount of the seedlings will be planted in each village so the whole community may benefit.

SOLID’s challenge in this time of giving is to provide as many seedling trees as possible. Let’s show Kenyan villagers how much we really care! A beautiful card will be offered for the $30 donation and these can be purchased through the SOLID Exchange at Unit 100-149 Fulford Ganges Road (Gasoline Alley) or through solid.saltspring@gmail.com and SOLID thanks you for your community spirit and support.

Anna Callegari

SOLID Director

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