BRINGING THE MOST IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE ONE THING THEY CAN COUNT ON...THEMSELVES
Helping those in Malawi and Cambodia break the cycle of poverty
UPDATE: APRIL 2018 - F2F BRINGS PERMACULTURE EXPERT TO MALAWI
The Face-to-Face Project is excited to announce the arrival of permaculture expert, Mr. Cristiano Marinucci. Cristiano will lead 7 days of workshops for 120 local village facilitators in April. He will concentrate on training F2F victory garden facilitators on soil rejuvenation, water conservation, and dry season cultivation. Cristiano has extensive experience teaching permaculture in Africa, and is the founder of the French NGO, Cultures Permanentes, which promotes permaculture in urban and rural areas.
We would like to give a very special thanks to the Sandrose Foundation for helping fund Cristiano's work with F2F.
Since the Victory Garden Campaign's official launch in July 2016, over 10,000 productive home victory gardens in hundreds of villages in central and southern Malawi have been created, transforming the lives of thousands of villagers.
With each new garden, local community members gain the skills and knowledge they need to grow enough food to eat, earn income, improve nutrition, and lead healthy lives.
These low-cost high-yield home gardens are delivering long-term, sustainable relief to families. The Campaign improves the quality of life for all residents in a village — the more food people can grow, the stronger and more resilient a village will be. Victory gardens are easy to create, cost nothing for the villager to maintain and produce food within weeks.
F2F trains local people to be role models in their own villages. Villagers carry this knowledge for a lifetime. That is why so many villages have achieved remarkable participation rates in less than two years. This guarantees good gardens in every village and builds a sense that change comes from within.
“We no longer travel long distances looking for vegetables. Now we save money & channel it to other household items such as soap & salt.... Our lives have completely changed.”
— Chief Makulenje
Local community members like Silva Namikula wondered if she and her family would survive the famine of 2016. After learning about F2F’s Victory Garden Campaign, Silva decided to gain the skills and knowledge needed to fight her own war against hunger and drought by changing how she grows her food. Together, we were able to achieve that goal by creating her very first Victory Garden in August 2016.
By September Silva’s garden thrived, even though learning new farming practices that make the most out of minimal water availability were very new to her. By November, Silva helped her neighbors create their own Victory Gardens, and compared to August when no one had a garden, a whopping 60% of homes in Silva’s village now do! Silva has now also created her second Victory Garden.
Many villages saw dramatic increases, due in part to neighbors teaching neighbors. Since home gardens are visible to everyone, people are naturally curious about these new sources of food, helping them re-envision the area around the home that is traditionally left as hard packed clay that is swept clean everyday.
While millions of bags of food relief for Malawi pile up in distribution centers, Silva and her village are now counting on themselves to control their future. The Victory Garden Campaign succeeds because it puts the skills and knowledge into the hands of those that need it most, ultimately making it productive and lasting.
August 2016: A garden, one of the first in her village, is created in Silva's old house that had collapsed.
February 2017: This garden is now producing a constant supply of food for Silva and her family.