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The Face-to-Face Project’s Victory Garden Campaign

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Since The Victory Garden Campaign's official launch in July 2016, 29,229 productive home victory gardens in 161 villages in central and southern Malawi have been created, transforming the lives of thousands of villagers.

Because of this success, The Face-to-Face Project is excited to continue creating victory gardens in Malawi — and in the process, help villagers facing hunger and poverty become food secure and self-reliant.

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 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.

The Face-to-Face Project trains local people to be role models in their own villages. Villagers carry this knowledge for a lifetime. 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 things such as school fees, medicine soap & salt.... Our lives have completely changed.” — Chief Makulenje



June 2019: Flood Relief Projects

This past March, Malawi experienced severe flooding due to heavy rains and tropical Cyclone Idai. The southern region of the country was declared in a state of disaster. Phalombe, one of the areas The Face-to-Face Project works in, was one of the 13 districts affected. 

While some of the victory gardens were damaged they are in much better shape than the maize fields. This June, The Face-to-Face Project, along with The Charitable Foundation, is implementing a 7-month emergency response plan to help several of the flood-damaged communities in the south.

This Project will take approximately 7 months to complete. 7 local Malawian garden facilitator teams will be mobilized to teach 2,450 families in 14 villages to create victory gardens that feed 8,085 people, based on 1 garden feeding 3 people. Families can begin having food within 3 weeks after creating their gardens, and then continue harvesting throughout the year. Just this past June, 341 families learned how to create victory gardens.

We need to help the thousands of villagers who don’t have victory gardens. Please DONATE today to help The Face-to-Face Project scale-up our work to get victory gardens to those families who have lost everything.


Meet Silva

Local community members like Silva Namikula wondered if she and her family would survive the famine of 2016. After learning about The Face-to-Face Project’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.