What We Do & Why

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.

Many in our world survive on one to two dollars per day, often spending 50 to 80% of that income on food to get them through the day.  World food production must double in the next 40 years or starvation, hunger, and poverty problems will increase. Global economists say an investment in food production is one of the best ways to reduce poverty around the world.  

HHI Agriculture Mission

Sealing The Drip Line EndMany in our world survive on one to two dollars per day, often spending 50 to 80% of that income on food to get them through the day.  World food production must double in the next 40 years or starvation, hunger, and poverty problems will increase. Global economists say an investment in food production is one of the best ways to reduce poverty around the world.

For decades, the world has focused on food aid for developing countries rather than on teaching them how to produce more food. While Healing Hands International provides food aid in times of disaster and famine, we are focused on preventing the next famine. We are training poor farmers, (men, women, and children) to feed themselves and their families.  By teaching techniques that are simple, practical, sustainable and affordable, they can learn how to feed themselves for a lifetime.  Our goal is to help families stabilize their food supply by producing a crop during the dry season and then to preserving the excess during the rainy season. 

Through education and training we help people help themselves.  We expect students to use what they learn and to teach someone else.  They learn to use resources they have rather than focusing on what they don’t have.  They learn to use compost and “manure tea” to provide both nutrients and organic matter to the planting bed.  Farmers are taught how to develop a raised planting bed with a center trench filled with compost materials.  A typical 50 foot, drip irrigated raised planting bed using five gallons of water in the morning and five gallons in the evening can produce enough vegetables to feed a family of five to seven during the dry season.  Families are taught they can preserve fruits and vegetables using solar dehydration and meats through salting, smoking and curing.  In some areas, pickling, leathering, fermenting and oil canning are useful.

dave gardening workshopSurvival gardening workshops have already been conducted in over 35 countries.  HHI currently has six trainers in east central and southern Africa and one in Honduras.  “Train the Trainer” workshops allow Healing Hands International to use its trainees to continually expand to new areas reaching and impacting more and more people. As an example, Agnes and her children, have developed 48 raised planting beds and taught 52 others what they have learned. A simple garden can make the difference between starvation and survival for a family! When hungry people in villages, prisons, orphanages, and schools all over the world see the simple techniques we use in a growing garden bed, it gives them a new sense of hope and they say,  “I can do this!”. 

Healing Hands International seeks to partner with others who believe in the urgency of this mission…empowering people to feed themselves and pairing that with the spread of the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Together we can make a difference. As we always say here at Healing Hands, first the bread… then the bread of life.