Please help us send the most valuable gift you could send to the people in six cities in Zambia for distribution to rural areas. Non-GMO vegetable SEEDS.
We at Socio-Economic And Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS), send NOn-GMO vegetable seeds that have been saved by the food school student's of Bendale B.T.I in Scarborough when they prepare food for their cafeteria. We have sent over 5.7 million seeds to over 500 families with 5 children or more.
The organization Socio-Economic and Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS), a registered Canadian Charity #801572736RR0001 based in Toronto, Canada is seeking your help in order that we may continue to send non-GMO vegetable seeds for distribution and planting in Zambia, Africa. Are you familiar with the saying - “Give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day, teach him to fish and he’ll never go hungry?” If so, then please help us send seeds so people can help themselves. Let me explain what we do at SEEDS...
We work in Mongu, Kalabo, Sioma & Kaoma in Western Province Zambia, and Katete, Chipata in Eastern Province. These areas which have very little commerce and lack viable seed varieties to sustain the population. In this part of Zambia, 85% of the population live in poverty, the highest levels in the country. To help alleviate some of the food insecurity in the area due to these high levels of poverty, we collect non-GMO vegetable seeds in Toronto Canada, from student volunteers at Bendale B.T.I, an organic grocery store - The Big Carrot, and others. The seeds are then dried, packaged and sent to the Silozi Seed Bank and Ngomi Seed Bank in Mongu and Chipata, where they are distributed to locals for planting. In exchange, these local partners gather fallen tree seeds for the tree and fruit tree nursery that is a budding enterprises. These trees are then planted in communities by our local staff and through our voluntourism tree planting initiative. Surplus seedlings are also sold for a nominal fee to help support project activities and to help endangered Elephants. Thanks to the generous donations of our partners and volunteers, we have, so far collected, dried, packaged and sent over 4.8 million seeds.
By recycling seeds that would have otherwise been thrown out or composted, we are implementing a self-sufficient seed bank & tree nursery that provides relevant training for year round agriculture; improves the genetic diversity of local gardens, farms and kitchens and builds resilient healthy food systems and people. We believe that providing villagers with hardier varieties of vegetable seeds, helps them earn more income and reduce food scarcity in their villages, lessening the need to poach animals and decreases the number of human elephant interactions and conflict. Further, the trees we grow and plant help to reforest communities, provide shade, are a source of food, fuel, fertilizer, and assist with controlling the erosion of the soil.
Now that you know a little about our organization, we would like to ask you for a donation for us to purchase seeds that are difficult for us to obtain from the produce we eat, such as: carrot, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, white corn, onion, potato, non GMO sugar beets, cauliflower, broccoli, okra, or edible flower seeds. These types of resources would help our local Zambian partners in many other ways as well which I would be happy to explain at a future date.
Here’s an endearing story that will hopefully touch your heart and demonstrate the importance and positive impact of your donation. In 2014, Frederick our manager in Mongu communicated to Joanne via text - our usual form of communication as it has not been financially feasible previously to communicate via email-that their pumpkins weren’t growing very big as he anticipated.
Joanne said they were heavy feeders, and advised him to give them some more compost. When she arrived in Mongu for a visit in April 2014 and he showed her the pumpkins, they were in fact acorn squash! You see, while pumpkins start out growing green and turn orange as they ripen, acorn squash start out orange and turn green - this demonstrates the importance of the catalogs. Fredrick had never seen an acorn squash before, which is why he was confused. Now, we send the catalogs which helps him to see what the ripe vegetable looks like.
We would be very thankful and grateful for your contribution! Please contact our founder Joanne Hutchinson via any of the social media outlets below or feel free to call her at 647-444-5534 should you have any questions. We only send non-GMO seeds, as all of Zambia is NON-GMO. Your donation would improve the lives of many villagers and help feed Zambian communities.
As we send these seeds via DHL a monetary donation would be much appreciated. We will provide a charitable tax receipt for any monetary donation through Canada Helps or our website. Should you choose, you or your company would also be acknowledged in future SEEDS advertisements and the SEEDS website as an expression of our appreciation.
At least 96% of all donations go directly towards our vision of helping the people, the environment, and the endangered elephants of Zambia.
We try to send non-GMO vegetable seeds every three months.This will allow them to grow year round so your help would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you and Happy planting!
Founder and President
Socio-Economic and Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS)
SEEDS Garage Sales Store, 1 Browning Ave., Toronto, On., M4K 1V6