What stands next to water in importance on the hierarchy of life support? Food! Gardens continue to be a key component of success in Dera. There are five households with productive, thriving personal gardens and three additional sites ready for planting. These personal, home gardens allow these families to have fresh vegetables on hand with the surplus being sold to neighbors for additional income. The benefits are immeasurable to these particular families. The abundant rainy season has generated a productive harvest for Summer 2013.
In addition to the personal gardens already up and running, Hope Arising is expanding support to two large community garden sites that will be using furrow irrigation, instead of drip systems, for increased production. Those who have been chosen to run these community gardens have three things in common; very poor, living with HIV/AIDS and have large families. Proper nutrition is even more imperative to those who suffer with HIV/AIDS, to allow the necessary medication to work properly. These families are preparing the garden sites and will receive training in all the necessary areas to insure success! Hope Arising will oversee every stage, along with help and support from local leaders. More than 30 individuals will directly benefit from these gardens. Fresh vegetables will abound in the next few months for these hard working families!