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Buwala Orphanage Progress Report

  It’s mid-December, and the children at St. Paul and Rose Orphanage in Buwala District near Jinja, Uganda, have just finished their fall term at school.  They are looking forward to Christmas as they enjoy their holiday break.  This has been a terrific year for everyone at the orphanage where, thanks to the generosity of DIG’s donors, a new pit latrine has been installed to replace the old one.  It may not sound glamorous, but it is truly a gift

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Home is Where the Heart Is

Lucille Otieno is what we call a true matriarch. She is a mother, grand mother, and great grandmother several times over and has been the primary provider for her large family for several years. Due to several unfortunate circumstances, Lucille supports two of her granddaughters, Selena and Florence, as well as all of their children, each of whom have found refuge in her small home.   Lucille is a small scale farmer by tradition. She got involved with DIG because of a

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DIG’s Inspiring Youth

A report on the Kuna DIG School Garden from the students who manage it.  DIG’s Kuna School Garden lies west of Nairobi in the Nyanza Province. With over 800 students and only 12 teachers, this government run school struggles to meet the needs of its population.    Through a partnership with the Lwala Community Alliance, the Segal Family Foundation, Starbucks, the International Youth Foundation, and Rotary International, DIG was brought in to help the school develop a garden education program

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What’s Up Uganda!

If you have ever been to a Reap Life DIG Event before you have probably heard Sarah tell the story of Patrick.  His story is amazing and it just keeps on getting better!    I had the chance to meet Patrick for the first time this summer and was blown away by the amount of work he is doing for his community and for DIG.   First Patrick, brought me to his home, a 15-minute bike ride from Bujagali, Uganda to

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Kuna Primary School

Kuna Primary school is situated 12km from our main site at Lwala Community Hospital, and can be easily accessed by Pikipiki (motorcycle taxi).  It has a total of 810 students with 14 teachers. It was the best performing school in its School Zone in 2011. Mr. Enoch Owenje Ngoje is the head teacher of the school.  He is motivated and engaged with the project.   The school has grown maize and bananas before but nothing else.  They are excited to

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Supporter Spotlight

DIG is grateful to everyone who has given their time and financial support to help us meet our mission. After almost 6 years, Development in Gardening (DIG) continues to grow and thrive for two reasons: 1) the dedication to the project from the local DIG communities in Africa and 2) the amazing support from the DIG community in the United States.

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A Partnership Worth Watering

Fred and Milton Ochieng were born and raised in Lwala. Their parents, who have now both passed away from HIV, supported the two brothers to study medicine in the United States. Now the two medical students formed the Lwala Community Alliance (LCA) to give back to their community.

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DIG’s new digs!

It’s official!  We have moved into our new offices in Midtown Atlanta! We owe a big thanks to Bill Watts (DIG Board Member), Judy O’Brien (Head of Sutherland’s Pro Bono and Public Service Committees) and Sutherland Law Firm.   Sutherland Law Firm in Atlanta has given us 2 Pro Bono offices on the 16th floor.  Our productivity has already increased and we can not show enough gratitude to Judy and Bill who helped facilitate this arrangement.   If anyone is ever in

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“12 Hours in the Day”

It’s exciting to usher in another year with Development in Gardening and have so much to look forward to! We have come a long way since our meager beginning 6 years ago, and I’m proud that we have not lost our grassroots focus or sacrificed our core values in order to survive. With a strong Board of Directors and an inspiring staff, DIG is poised for significant growth in 2012.    Our project in Lwala has been particularly meaningful for me

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Update from the Buwala Orphanage!

A quick note from Paul, the director of the Buwala Orphanage in Jinja, Kenya.  DIG established the Buwala Orphanage Garden in 2009.   …Now about the home, the kids are very fine, and they are soon leaving for their holiday in the beginning of December.With the Garden, we had a lot of rainfall!  We have been enjoying our greens very well, but due to the heavy rains, the crops are being harvested quite quickly due to the rapid growth.    As

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DIG ‘Garden TV’ in Kenya

By Catherine Magill, DIG Program Coordinator When you go on safari in Africa, and you’re relaxing on the porch of your tent watching the hippos and crocodiles in the river or the zebra and gazelles on the plain in front of you, your safari hosts will jokingly say that you are watching ‘Bush TV’. For those without access to safaris, DIG is undertaking to launch a new channel called ‘Garden TV’. Last week at Crossroads Springs Institute, a primary school

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DIG will be back in Kenya!

Previously, DIG has developed three separate sites in Kenya: 1) Ruiru- a Clinic south of Nairobi with Mother 2 Mothers, 2) Raila- a school in the heart of the Kibera slums, and 3) WISER girls secondary school– in Muhuru bay only a few hours from our new sites.    This fall, DIG will begin two new projects  with Crossroads Spring School and Lwala Community Hospital outside of Kisumu and Kisi, respectively.  The new projects are a unique partnership between the

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