Agriculture

From coffee beans in Guatemala to hot peppers in Ghana, agriculture is a cornerstone for subsistence and income-generation for SHGO partner communities. Agriculture is more than harvesting rice or selling bananas; to support agriculture is also to increase food security, grow economic development, and uplift communities from hunger and poverty. By working with global partners to develop strong agricultural systems with respect to the local context and natural environment, SHGO promotes self-sufficiency and a synergy with the natural world.

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Food Security and Organic Farming

The small community of rural Loma Linda sits on the side of a mountain in Guatemala, inaccessible to the layperson. Hours on a bus through windy streets and muddy train brings you to the one-street community, an agriculturally-based village that strives to preserve Guatemala’s natural beauty through conservation, education, and ecotourism efforts.

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Barley Farm for Education

The Beverly School of Kenya provides world-class education to orphans and vulnerable children, many of whom are HIV+ and face serious life challenges due to rampant poverty in rural Kenyan villages. At The Beverly School, students enjoy clean and safe room, board, education, and enrichment programs. Young female students are offered the same educational opportunities are their male counterparts, no underprivileged child is asked to pay a tuition bill, and students are saved the labors of walking miles to attend school or find water. Students at The Beverly School of Kenya access an education that effectively breaks the cycle of poverty, and poises students for real-world success.

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Agriculture for Vocation and Education

In rural Sierra Leone, the ability to attend and complete secondary school is a privilege. Secondary school fees - in combination with supply and uniform costs - can be unattainable for the rural poor population. Orphans and vulnerable children - including street children and youth who have been separated from their family due to poverty and violence - face even further challenges surrounding education. For most, secondary school is simply out of reach.

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