Congratulations to Soroptimist International Morton North for their Murik Lakes Seeds of Friendship Community Garden project in Darapap Village Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The primary aim of the project is food security, followed by economic empowerment for the women.
The project meets 5 of the 8 objectives of:
- Elimination of violence,
- Economic empowerment,
- Food security, Healthcare,
- Environmental sustainability/water/sanitation
The project aims to provide them with materials (seeds, fertiliser etc.) to build and grow sustainable vegetable gardens, to grow their own food and to produce a surplus for selling. This empowers the women to feed their families a healthy well-balanced diet not relying on rice and seafood only. Growing their own food enables them to earn income from the sale of excess produce at market, they can re-sprout seeds from previous crops, making it a sustainable project. The income generated helps them purchase medical and school supplies and contribute to the Darapap Women’s Co-operative Society. These women don’t need saving, they need support to do it