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Saphietu – First Time Gardener

I want to introduce you to one of the amazing women in our LAUNCH Program in Senegal, Saphiatu. Saphiatu lives in Ziguinchor. She and her husband have never held a formal job. He makes money doing odd jobs primarily around electrical work when he can find it. When money really gets desperate Saphiatu mixes a homemade bleach solution to sell in the local market. They have a 15-year-old daughter and they are also shouldering the burden of caring for their

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Embracing Communities with Disabilities in Uganda

Levi Byamukama has a vibrant social energy. He greets everyone with a smile and moves through life with joyful curiosity. One day, after seeing a group of Batwa DIG farmers gathered in the fields, Levi moved closer to see what was happening. He ended up staying through an entire DIG training and returned the weeks following. After a while, the group elected he join them and Levi became an official DIG farmer.

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DIG Batwa Farmers: Katamas and Hope

This Batwa family used to beg for dregs, feeding their 5 children the leftover sorghum from a locally produced drink only once per day. When the couple joined the DIG program, they were skeptical of the outcome as many NGO’s had come to their village for projects that were short-term.

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DIG Deeper: Batwa Program Entering Year 2

After getting on the ground in November 2016, DIG spent two months undergoing an intensive site assessment through a baseline study, stakeholder analysis, committee and leadership meetings, crop viability study, building a team, and fine tuning the implementation model.

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6 Months DIG-ing with the Batwa

The Batwa have been caught in a cycle of poverty since 1992 after being evicted from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and becoming conservation refugees. Still to this day, the Batwa have some of the worst health outcomes certainly in Uganda if not in all of Africa.

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In the Field: Update from the Batwa Project

By: Lauren MaseyFor those of you interested in what has been happing on the ground- here are some photos and updates! Group Formation and Constitutions: Groups were formed last month, but communities had another chance to join the roster and finalize the groups. The communities decided to combine some groups for a new total of 8. Communities were prompted to develop group constitutions to improve a healthy, maintained garden demonstration. Groups picked one day that will be their training day

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A DIG Film

Travel with DIG to Western Kenya and see the power a single garden can have to transform the world. Film Credits to Bob Miller with sponsorship from the Simon Cyrene Foundation

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DIG’s Final Harvest in Lwala is Bittersweet

by: Noah Derman Aerial Shot of Lwala taken by Cleave Frink (Apple) It has been 5 years since I took my first trip with DIG to Africa.  After an amazing visit to Zambia, I traveled with Andy Bryant, Executive Director of the Segal Family Foundation, and Catherine Magill, then acting DIG Program Coordinator, to Western Kenya. Our aim was to explore and vet potential program partnerships. DIG was looking at several opportunities for collaboration within Kenya and Uganda. Lwala Community Alliance

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Batwa Uganda Project Begins…

by: Lauren Masey Seasonal Calendar Activity in Rwaburindi Before arriving, I wanted to ensure I was adequately informed about the Batwa, but also wanted to make sure that I came with an open mind, a blank page with no premature opinions. I managed to use research papers, articles, and mainly YouTube videos to try and grasp what the situation waiting for in me in Uganda would be.  After about three weeks of my fact finding mission, meeting with different groups,

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DIG’s San Diego 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Thank you San Diego for an incredible evening at the top of the world. Our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Diamond View Tower was one for the record books. We have deeply appreciated your support year after year as we've worked together to help more communities around the world achieve food security, improved nutrition, climate resilience, and increased income through sustainable agriculture practices. What with the next 10 years bring! We can't wait to find out. Check out some wonderful photos from the event, taken by DIG supporter and event host, Big Mike Phillips.

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The Batwa of Southern Uganda

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Southern Uganda is home to some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet. It’s sheltering trees and mist covered hillsides harken you back to an almost mythical time.  While the forest is home to over 400 plant species, 120 different mammal species and 350 different species of birds, perhaps its most beloved and sought after inhabitants are the 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s remaining population, who roam its protected grounds. In 1991

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