This blog was originally posted in August 2016. It has been re-posted in conjunction with our latest update from the field–these seeds are now growing!
The meals that were packaged at events in the late Spring and early Summer have arrived in Burkina Faso!
Thanks to a collaboration with Catholic Relief Services’ Farmer to Farmer program, this shipment contained not only meals but also a donation of four large boxes of seeds. Our Helping Hands growing project in the Tougouri region of Burkina Faso will receive this donation, which contains over 700 kinds of seeds, including varieties of onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and beans.
These seeds will be used in the market garden at Tougouri in order to generate income. Projects like market gardening are an essential part of the work that CRS Helping Hands supports in Burkina Faso. While the meals that Helping Hands volunteers package are important for meeting the immediate needs of our hungry brothers and sisters, the income-generating projects that our events fund help our brothers and sisters find long-term means of earning a living. In a very real way, then, these seeds are seeds of hope for a future that is free from hunger.