Friday Project Update: Belize Organic Family Farming

Today I am going to share an example of how GO Campaign works to transform communities and address the needs of childhood poverty around the world.

Organization: Belize Organic Family Farming (BOFF)
Location: Toledo District, Belize

Context: Belize is now the country with the highest poverty in the Caribbean. According to a report commissioned by their government, 43% of the population is officially poor and poverty is sweeping among all sectors of society: young and old, male and female, urban and rural.

Background: GO Local Hero Nana Mensah has dedicated his life to changing this reality. Nana is committed to improving traditional farming systems and assisting orphans and children of poor families to generate sustainable methods to generate food and income through urban gardening and animal husbandry. Nana aims to help youth who would otherwise have little or no chance of having a consistent food source or generating income for their homes.

Current Status: In June 2016, GO Campaign approved a grant for $19,945 to BOFF to implement an urban gardening and animal husbandry pilot program in Barranco and San Miguel communities in Toledo District. Small gardens have already been established and 59 youth will directly benefit from the program.

Meet Ermalinda
Ermalinda is 17 years old. She lives with her parents and four siblings. She attends Julian Cho Technical High School. Prior to the project, life was hard for Ermalinda. She was constantly trying to find ways to earn money to help her family. She is excited about her garden and chicken farm. By selling the produce grown and the chicken eggs, she will be able to assist her family and pay her school fees so she can continue her education.