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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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Rona, a Positive Example from Kafue

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

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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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Meet Faith Owuor

Faith received her bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture at Egerton University in Kenya.  She has experience in organic farming, community organizing, rural development and project management.  She has worked for several different non-profits, including UNICEF and is dedicated to making each organization better than when she found it.     Before joining DIG, Faith worked in Sudan with Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) leading community mobilization, farmer training, agroforestry and livestock production.     Faith is from the same region where our new

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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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Volunteering in Kafue

By: Damian, a DIG volunteer who has been in Kafue for the last 6 months with his wife, Ali. Kafue’s DIG project has been hard work with great rewards. We have met (and hopefully empowered) wonderful people who genuinely seem to enjoy the work and camaraderie. Four main gardens have been established at the local medical clinics with satellite home gardens spreading from each of these. I believe that a solid core group of women have really mastered the gardening

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Zikomo Zambia

Every summer I make a pilgimage to a select handful of DIG’s garden in Africa. By the time the trip comes around I am usually more than a touch exhausted as it’s always trailing an inspiring yet emotionally draining series of fundraisers and a hectic spring. So you can imagine how I felt this year when at 9pm the night before I boarded a plane for Zambia my computer’s hard drive crashed, I got the black screen of death.  So, after a

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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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A Field Report from Zambia by Catherine Magill

Sorry for the long absence from DIG postings. The summer thus far has been a time of activity, transitions, and changes. Volunteers Damian and Ali Schlereth arrived in April to help out with the work in Kafue until early 2012. A wonderful group of four DIG supporters joined us for two weeks in June. Volunteer Sarah Sahlaney finished her commitment here to begin preparing for graduate studies in agriculture and development at UC-Davis in the fall. In late June, DIG’s

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