Healing Hands International is holding agricultural workshops around the world teaching local church and community leaders how to provide for their nutritional needs. Our goal is to empower these individuals to provide for themselves. By training people living in underdeveloped regions, we seek to offer a more long-term solution by giving them a hand up, instead of just giving them a hand out. This initiative is enabling community members to build an efficient agricultural economy, creating opportunities for both economic and spiritual development.
Our workshops teach sustainable food production and preservation skills to those struggling to feed their families. Over the course of two days trainees are taught survival gardening techniques using drip irrigation, raised garden beds, composting and mulching, seed transplanting and basic garden management. After completing the workshop attendees are given a drip irrigation kit to take with them back to their communities to start their own gardens. We also hold workshops that teach methods for drying and preserving food, often in conjunction with the food production workshop.
Read about Ebenezer Udofia and the workshop he just held in Laikipia in the North-Eastern region of Kenya. Joseph Ole Saole, a minister in the community, had seen the impact HHI's Food Sustainability Workshops were having in other communities across Kenya so he requested that Ebenezer come and train his people.
Why We Do It
In our modern times, it is hard to believe that so many people suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition. In the United States, it is typical for most families to spend 15-20% of their annual income on food. However, in developing countries this number jumps to 80 to 90%. With the cost of food skyrocketing in recent years, the number of people suffering is growing. Most of the victims of this devastating problem are malnourished children, too weak to fight off common diseases. It is estimated that every ten seconds another child dies from hunger-related diseases. These deaths occur quietly in dusty villages such as in Malawi, Africa, the slums of Honduras, and the hillsides of Kenya.