May 3, 2017
In 2017, DIG embarked in a new partnership in Western Kenya. After closing-out our programs with Lwala Community Alliance, DIG engaged in a partnership with Agricultural Improvement Support Services (AGRISS) in Homa Bay County.
December 13, 2016
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
January 28, 2014
Eliane Dabiré, 28, is a member of the AMES HIV Support Group in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. DIG’s Local Facilitator, Salam Sawadogo, chatted with her a few weeks ago about her life and DIG. HIV Status: I was sick for a long time and finally decided to visit the doctor when I began to have sores all over my body. He advised me to the see the president of the AMES HIV Support Group as well as take an HIV test.
September 23, 2013
DIG started working with the Lamizana Military Camp in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in March 2013. Our focus was to address the nutritional needs of the hospital’s HIV patients through the construction and implementation of a demonstration garden that focused on training participants in sustainable agriculture and nutrition for people living with HIV. The project is halfway through and we’ve been thrilled with the progress to date. Check out some photos we’ve captured along the way. We have loved working with this group
September 23, 2013
Millogo Estelle is a DIG gardener at our Lamizana Military Camp in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She is part of a group called A.M.E.S. which stands for Association Militaire D’Entraide Etde Solidarite. It is an HIV support group that DIG started working with at the end of March 2013. Estelle’s husband worked for the Burkina Military and died in 2010. For awhile she received food aid to help support herself and the 5 children in her care. Last spring, unable to
May 27, 2013
Spending the last few weeks visiting DIGs projects happening in Kenya and Uganda have not only been an affirming experience for me but even more so, an inspiring one. After incredible fundraising events in Southern California and Colorado, my month of May has been committed to seeing what DIG has been doing first hand and sourcing out the stories of inspiration that best reveal our work. Having photographer/videographer, Bob Miller, along to capture DIG’s story on the ground has made
May 27, 2013
Turning the Sahel into a Garden: Hot, dry and dusty are the most descriptive words that describe the current state of Ouagadougou. One can sense it wants to rain so badly and indeed we have had two rains, however the ground is so hot and crusted it just seems to evaporate within hours and it is as dry and dusty as it was before the thunderstorm. When the rains does come next month we should be very well prepared. Even
October 29, 2012
This September marked Development in Gardening’s 7 Year Anniversary. What started as a simple Peace Corp project has flourished into an international organization that has enriched lives and land in 8 countries around the world. This November DIG will revisit our West African roots as we start a new project in the capital city of Burkina Faso. DIG will work with Burkina’s military hospital to provide an urban gardening program to promote sustainable food
February 28, 2012
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.
February 27, 2012
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
February 24, 2012
Rona first joined Railway clinic in Kafue, Zambia with a Mothers to Mothers (M2M) program. Railway’s M2M program helps educate new mothers living with HIV how to prevent mother to child transmission. Rona is a mother of six. Her youngest child Kiki continues to fall short of the developmental norms of children her age. Rona became interested in the DIG program at Railway Clinic so that she might learn about nutrition and how to produce her own food in order