Schools Kitchen Gardens Project

Ssamba Foundation’s schools kitchen gardens project supports schools to improve their health and wellbeing through edible gardening and healthy eating activities. Schools kitchen gardens are a wonderful way to use the school yard as a classroom. 

Schools Kitchen Gardens project

Feeding the increasing number of children attending our local schools and those who just find their way to the schools is overwhelming to school administrators. Coupled with the pandemic which has devastated the economy in Uganda, the challenge will be bigger than before.

Schools Kitchen Gardens project

Ssamba Foundation is looking at empowering local schools through our the Schools Kitchen Gardens project. The project will cater for over 10 schools in Kyampisi Subcounty which support orphans and vulnerable children living in very poor households, living on less than $1 a day.

Schools Kitchen Gardens project

The Schools Kitchen Gardens Project is a fun, hands-on learning program delivering pleasurable food and environment conservation education. With strong curriculum integration and a focus on student wellbeing, collaboration and leadership, students learn to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal, delicious food – forming positive food habits for life.

Schools Kitchen Gardens project

THE SCHOOLS KITCHEN GARDEN PROJECT

The schools kitchen gardens project is an innovative curricular program based on school children planting a garden and then learning to cook with the foods they grow. The program teaches students many life skills, along with teaching them about nutrition, the environment, sustainability, and almost every school subject.

Schools Kitchen Gardens project

The Ssamba Foundation will facilitate the development of schools kitchen gardens to primary and secondary schools wanting to start a kitchen garden. Our plan is to offer a nutritious lunch program to 100% of all vulnerable children attending these schools and eventually become a model in the community.

Schools Kitchen Gardens project

CHILDREN INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROGRAM

The children will help with the different tasks, each choosing the activities they like best. The children will get the opportunity of learning all the varieties being grown and how to save seeds from each one. Inter-cropped will the gardens be with varieties of green amaranth, eggplant, cabbages, gooseberries and carrots. All of the harvested vegetables and foods will be used for school meals.

We also plan to develop a community participation model where local people work with the school children and administrators to help the schools kitchen gardens project be successful.  Nevertheless, the students will be required to work in the gardens as part of their school curriculum.

Schools Kitchen Gardens project

In fact, it is impossible to keep them away, because students love to work in the dirt, and it is a pleasure for them to watch seeds sprout into plants, and ultimately into food they can enjoy. One innovative aspect of this program is the incorporation of the gardens into the school curriculum, so that kids learn concepts by using the garden as a laboratory.  Learning-by-doing is wonderful, because it reinforces the lessons by making them real.

Schools Kitchen Gardens project

THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

These schools kitchen gardens initiative is a win-win situation because it will allow the children to enjoy a more nutritious and varied diet as well as a badly needed support the school. Ssamba Foundation is running this project through Education and Family support services to orphans, vulnerable children and low-income families living in Kyampisi Subcounty.

We believe that the children and families we serve need not only the programs that we offer, but the support to develop the tools to become self-sufficient when they are no longer enrolled in our programs. We are dedicated to enhancing families’ self-sufficiency and providing children with a foundation to be successful.

As well as instilling positive food habits in students through growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh produce, a school kitchen garden program offers: 

  • life and practical skills
  • student wellbeing and connectedness
  • alternate ways of learning for increased engagement
  • investigations into sustainability and food security

Our goal is to empower communities and reduction of poverty through a combination of education, nutrition, healthcare and income generating activities.

VOLUNTEERING & SUPPORTING THE PROGRAM

You can support this project by donating funds or joining our volunteering with the program. The Ssamba foundation invites volunteers to help with the project implementation. The help is needed with planting, creating gardens and promotional activities to the locals. Volunteers work 5-6 hours a day for at least one month. Volunteers are recommended to have basic English-speaking skills and be ready for an intensive physical work.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS 

  • You must be 18yrs and above 
  • You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent) 
  • We recommend travel/life personal insurance 
  • You must commit at least 2 weeks’ minimum
  • • You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!
  • (Participants below 18, need a letter of consent from their guardian or parent to support their participation). Learn more about Who can Apply?

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ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

All volunteers based in Mukono (up to 7 at one time) will live together in a warmly family-home. Delicious 3 meals are provided each day, which consists of local foods, such as matooke (mashed plantain), posho (cornmeal), potatoes and rice or noodles. They are generally served with beef, fish, peas, beans or groundnut sauce. Bread, eggs, vegetables and fruits are available for breakfast, vegetarians are also accommodated.

farm work volunteer trip Uganda

Volunteers staying at Kyampisi Backpackers Home are assigned a bed based on capacity, arrival time and length of stay. All beds have good mosquito nets and you don’t need to bring your own sheets etc. Part of the income from this facility is used to support the projects of Ssamba Foundation and other humanitarian projects.

farm work volunteer trip Uganda

Accommodation at this home is in private, twin and dorm rooms, accommodating up to 7 people when full. There are between 1-3 beds per room depending on the size of the room. The emphasis at the home is placed on a relaxed friendly family like atmosphere.

Note: Couples can request their own room if they give us a “Volunteers advance notice”.

farm work volunteer trip Uganda

THE COSTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

There are costs involved in hosting volunteers and we request our volunteers to cover up their living costs, this helps our organization to concentrate its resources on empowering vulnerable communities.  Volunteering in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation is FREE, as it should be! No Program FeesNo weekly fees! At Ssamba Foundation, we appreciate and allow you to use your compassion to help make the world a better!

Volunteers are always welcome at Ssamba Foundation either for short-term projects. We want to deliver an experience to enjoy Uganda by living, working and making an impact with us. In exchange for your skills, donation and help, you get the following: Pre-Departure Handbook, pick up from Entebbe International airport, Accommodation throughout your stay, 3 delicious local meals for your entire duration and 24/7 In country Support.

Many organizations see volunteers as a potential cash cow and are guilty of charging extreme rates. Ssamba Foundation makes every effort to keep your costs to a minimum, as it is your talent and time that are most valuable to us and the communities we serve.  Whether you are interested in volunteering short-term or long-term, we will discuss arrangements with you concerning finances.  Before applying please learn more about the costs involved!

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