© Jordan Bush 2015

Alendu is no stranger to hunger.

In a place where jobs are scarce, and families large and overextended due to taking in many AIDS orphans, families and children don’t always get the food that they need. And malnutrition is not only a killer, but causes a lifelong impact even for those who survive: if babies and toddlers don’t get the proper nutrients, it can stunt their mental and physical development for life, ensuring that they will live to repeat the poverty cycle.

The sustainable farm on Rafiki’s campus is a key part of our mission. In a place where drought comes often and stays long, the sustainable and regionally appropriate methods we practice are vital. It produces most of the food that feeds the kids at the school, allowing us to provide healthy, sustainable meals at a low cost. It also serves as the demonstration plot where the women from our women and girls program learn their agricultural skills. LightHouse Academy students also learn agricultural skills at the farm as part of the school curriculum, and they are encouraged to share these skills with their families. It’s all about making sure people have enough to eat, and taking care of the land in the process.