The Best Healing Options

Often when the cold weather comes people start to think about flu shots and other medications. Are there other options that can be used to help avoid and treat these awful illnesses?

The winter is not just a time of escaping the weather. For some of us it is enjoying the seed catalogs that come every year after Christmas.

One of my favourite catalogs comes from a herbal seed company. It may be hard to believe, but this one company sells almost a thousand different seeds with the majority of them having health building benefits.

A Decade to Remember – Part 6

Over the last several years, the biggest challenge we faced was our ability to keep up. As demand for sustainability in the developing world continued to increase, we continued to run full steam to train enough leaders.

These days, sustainability seems to be the buzzword. This word involves creating change in the poorest places of the world in ways that will survive through good and bad times. Our Growing Health program includes the most sustainable practices that we have been able to find worldwide.

A Decade to Remember – Part 5

Decade to Remember - Kenyan Prisons

By 2015 we thought that we had projects in every segment of society. Organics 4 Orphans was in public schools, slums, HIV groups, orphans care groups and churches. We realized we weren’t in every segment when Linda got invited to do a devotional talk in a local women’s prison. The next day Linda was speaking to over 200 women and 50 children. Linda shared her life story and how she coped with difficult life circumstances.

A Decade to Remember Part 4

Bopoma Villages in Zimbabwe

The year 2013 involved the development of many partnerships. Overall, partnerships were created in three different countries. The first being a Canadian NGO called Bopoma Villages, located in Zimbabwe. Their mission involves overcoming poverty by equipping people with the tools to do it themselves.

A Decade to Remember – Part 3

A Decade to Remember

As the year 2010 wrapped up and we welcomed a new year, we also welcomed a new big idea. The third big idea focused on natural medicine. During 2011 we developed a variety of projects with HIV support groups. As we collected results and studied these groups…

A Decade to Remember – Part 2

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A Decade to Remember Continues

As we focused on the continent of orphans, we realized that there were many more problems. These problems involved food security, nutritional deficiencies, contagious and deadly diseases. Incorporating all issues, we developed the idea of Growing Health as a solution for the world’s poorest continent.

Good news travels fast and that is what happened in 2009. For every community project we started, 3 other groups wanted us to help them. We learned very quickly that not all of the groups were serious about growing food, but some simply wanted whatever handouts were available.

What it Takes to Create 1 Pound of Food

As O4O expanded and transformed the lives in many communities, it also grew internally. In 2009, O4O’s team grew by 2 important members. The first one being Ambrose Motian. Amrbose, a recent Decade to Remember - Ambroseagricultural graduate, jumped on board to help end extreme poverty.

An interesting fact is that Ambrose’s mother was one of the first in her tribe to promote organic gardens in the 90’s. Now Ambrose would be doing the same – it’s wonderful to see how God works!

Amrbose started out with projects closer to his home which involved the Maissi tribe. The communities there became very interested in what Ambrose had to share as they only knew a life of caring for cattle. Therefore, these new ideas of growing food seemed to be a big transition for them.

During this time the Maissi tribe was struggling. They were faced with the challenge of finding enough water for their herds of cows. It is known that cows consume approximately 2000 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef. Therefore, the tribe needed to gather lots of water in order to receive beef. O4O had a better and healthier alternative which involved organic gardening. Ambrose was able to promote organic gardening as a solution to their struggle. Instead of gathering 2000 gallons of water needed for cows, they could reduce that amount to 20 gallons, as it is also known that most vegetables only need 10-20 gallons of water to produce the same amount of food, 1 pound.

Malaria No More

Decade of Discovery - DouglasThe second staff to join O4O in 2009 was Douglas Naibei. Before joining the team, Douglas suffered from malaria 4 times a year. Since living the O4O’s way by eating greens everyday, Douglas has been malaria free for more than 8 years. Douglas’ role with O4O involved creating more projects in the Kitale area where he could help others be freed from deathly diseases.Decade to Remember - Boaz's home

The year of 2009 finished off with 1 acre of land being purchased in Kitale for Boaz. Boaz used this land to build a simple mud home for his family of 4. Additionally, this land turned into a learning center as Boaz created many beautiful demonstration gardens.

Although lots of growth happened in 2009, Organics 4 Orphans struggled to get people to understand their ideas. For many, this new idea of food security was unheard of and seemed impossible. Drastically changing the way that they lived their everyday life was a challenge, but nothing that O4O couldn’t overcome.

1 Village, 16 Deaths

The year 2010 involved the discovery of O4O’s second big idea. The idea that organic gardens should not just grow food, but crops that would help to build people’s immune systems.Decade to Remember - Funeral

This idea came to the founder Dale Bolton when he started seeing the harmful effects of the serious tropical diseases in Africa. During a trip to visit a village, Dale was not greeted in the regular enthusiastic way which involved dancing and singing. Dale walked into a quiet village. A village that was mourning the deaths of 16 people. 16 people died in 1 day, in 1 village. This is when Dale knew that these people didn’t just need food security, they needed disease prevention and protection. Diseases like cholera, typhus, TB, pneumonia, dysentery, malaria and meningitis needed to be stopped.

To gain more knowledge, naturopathic doctors and holistic nutritionists were contacted. Mountains of information and books on the 21st century idea of nutritional excellence to build immune function were received. Additionally, various international experts were invited to come and conduct seminars on nutritional excellence in Kitale, Kenya. Training materials started to be created that would be locally taught in the future. Organics 4 Orphans was on its way to growing health.

Kale is The New Beef

Another great discovery in 2010 was Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s nutrient density chart. A chart that shares the amount of vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals in each food. People could see that the health-giving potential of white rice was almost 1% of kale. This chart was the best tool used to convince people that the food we eat can either heal or hurt us. O4O still uses this chart as a main teaching point in all of its current lessons.

Decade of Discovery pt 2 - Nutrient densities of foods

Our staff began to communicate to local projects that certain foods could be used like medicine. Eating plants for health benefits was an idea that was completely foreign to Africa, but was needed! This encouraged us to continue our training programs and to discover more big ideas that could help the extreme poor.

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A Decade to Remember – Part 1

Decade to Remember - Dale and Boaz 2008

Our 10th Anniversary – A Blog Series

Often we look back and wonder where the past few years have gone. This is especially true for Organics 4 Orphans as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. The last decade has involved a lifetime of amazing progress and wonderful experiences. Continue to follow us through our “A Decade to Remember” blog series and find out the challenges we overcame, the amazing testimonies we received and see some of our favourite photos. 

40 million Orphans

The idea of Organics 4 Orphans started out with a problem that would just not go away. This problem involved 40 million unsupported orphans in the continent of Africa. To put this into perspective, this ridiculously high number represents more than the entire population of Canada.

Decade to Remember - Orphan

With 40 million unsupported children in the streets, we knew we needed a giant-sized solution. We also knew that this solution needed to be flexible so that it could be used in any community, anywhere. We had introduced ourselves to an enormous challenge that needed an even bigger solution. 

80% of the Best Farmland Not Used

Decade to Remember - Dale and Boaz

We soon found out that growing food in Africa had gone down hill during the last two decades. The reason being that fertilizers, pesticides and seeds had become increasingly expensive. This hit us hard as we knew that 25% of the best farmland in the world is in Africa and 80% of it was not being used. Therefore, we needed to develop a more economical way of growing food.

After doing some research, Dale discovered the Bio-Intensive method of organic gardening. Dale continued to learn as he attended a one-month seminar in Kenya that focused on organic gardening. One lesson that stood out claimed that 21st century organic gardening grows 2-6 times as much food per square foot than conventional farming. Additionally, it uses less water, no chemical fertilizers and only simple tools.

Organics 4 Orphans was Born

Decade to RememberDale identified that one of the trainers teaching the seminar had a heart for unsupported children. After many cups of tea with this man named Boaz, the idea of Organics 4 Orphans was birthed. During the year of 2008, strategies and plans to help local orphan care communities were created. Additionally, several five-day organic gardening workshops were completed in various communities. 

Boaz did an amazing job during O4O’s first year as every project he started, 3 other communities saw his work and wanted the same help that he was providing. Organics 4 Orphans was immediately growing and was off to a great start!

A Decade to Remember Continues…

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Hope For Those Who Face A Death Sentence

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Hopelessness

Today AIDS is brought to the attention of those around the world as a health awareness day. For those suffering with HIV knowing that the world is interested in their plight is encouraging. Often people with this disease struggle with feelings of hopelessness and rejection.

2.1 Million African Children InfectedWorld AIDS Day - Hope for Children

The continent of Africa has 69% of the world’s HIV sufferers. They currently have 24 million people infected and are the least equipped to handle this stubborn disease. Studies show that 1.1 million new infections occurred in Africa in the year 2016. Additionally, one of the biggest challenges is that 91% of the world’s HIV-positive children live in Africa. Of the 37 million HIV patients worldwide, 2.1 million are children under the age of 15.

HIV Patients Receive Hope

For the last decade, cost effective drugs have become available. Unfortunately, only half of the African population has access to these medications. Therefore, leaving half of the population untreated and hopeless. Although medications help relieve certain symptoms, they can only do so much to stop the relentless killer. The best way to fight this monster is to improve the nutrients in the diets of those infected.

By living the Organics 4 Orphans way, we believe that it is possible to double and even triple dietary nutrients for the average HIV patient. A study we completed in 2011 confirms these results. A group of 31 HIV patients were asked to add a large bowl of greens to their diets every day. The group was also taking antiviral drugs and having their immune systems tested monthly. After 5 weeks of adding more greens to their diet, amazing results were seen. More than three quarters of the group saw an improvement in their immune system. Additionally, over half saw a doubling and even a tripling of their immune strength. This HIV group was finally provided with hope for their future.

Stand on 2 Legs Rather Than 1

Secondary diseases like tuberculosis can easily be the leading cause of death after HIV weakens the immune system. About one in three AIDS-related deaths are from TB. The greatest defense by far to both of these diseases is improving the nutrient density in their diets.

Additional treatments of Artemisia tea have helped heal and close up the wounds of HIV patients. It should be noted that this tea is the most effective and preventative for malaria.

To offer drugs as the only answer for HIV patients is giving them half the answer. HIV attacks the immune system. Therefore, foods that build up the immune system should be equally promoted. This is the difference between standing on 2 legs rather than 1.

We believe that more hope is yet to be discovered.

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My African Adventure

My African Adventure - Children

My African Adventure Meet Lea Apostoleris

My name is Lea Apostoleris. I have been Atlantic Canada’s territory representative with Purity Life for almost ten years now! I am proud to have grown, over the years, alongside such a great company. Because of our mutual values, commitment, passion, and integrity, rather than drifting apart, Purity and I have moved forward together in this industry. Purity Life has always encouraged and enabled me to pursue my professional and personal goals. Because of Purity Life and Natural Calm Canada, I was recently able to fulfill a lifelong dream: to visit Africa. I was also lucky to do it with a fellow retailer, who is now a close friend, from Corn Crib Natural Foods in Saint John. Continue reading to find out the details of my African adventure.

Everyone Needs to be Part of the Solution

Walking on African soil has been on my bucket list for years. This continent, so rich in natural resources, history, culture, and beauty, has always called to me in a way I find hard to express. I had spent countless hours perusing websites promoting aid missions, fundraising initiatives, and sponsorship opportunities for this broken continent, but they always failed to convince me that my investment would actually make a difference. Then I met Dale and Linda Bolton of Natural Calm Canada and learned about how they are not only helping countless Canadians with their patented ionic magnesium product but are also working to end extreme poverty. Sounds like a pretty big order, eh? Some might even go as far as to say it’s nothing but a pipe dream. How can we possibly end extreme poverty? I wanted to see for myself what this company was all about. I wanted to know how our selling an already-amazing product could actually provide an answer to a problem this world has been struggling with for years. So I went. And I saw. And I’m here to tell you—every person who reads this—that you are part of the solution, and it’s not that hard.

My African Adventure - Green SmoothieLet Food By Thy Medicine

Dale and Linda founded Organics 4 Orphans ten years ago. They have taken the same message we as health-food retailers, manufacturers, and distributors have been advocating for years and brought it to a place that needs it the most: Let food be thy medicine. They started a school in Kitale, Kenya, to teach just that.

I thought I knew what I had signed up for. But it wasn’t until I arrived and got to tour their school, meet their students, and listen to their stories that I was really able to see the change we can all be a part of by selling Natural Calm and supporting those living in extreme poverty with proper nutrition, education—and repetition. How many times do we as educators have to drill into someone’s head that sugar is bad and greens are good? It is no different at Organics 4 Orphans; however, in conditions of extreme poverty, it’s a matter of life and death.

Villages, Schools, Slums and Prisons – Where to Next?

Organics 4 Orphans (O4O) works with small-scale farmers, focusing on four goals: food security, nutritional education, disease prevention, and income generation. For one month, four times a year for two years, students learn about gardening, proper nutrition, and healing herbs in the first year. In the second year they continue to learn about nutrition as well as community development, time management, and income generation. Back in their villages, the students do the practical work of getting people to commit to My African Adventure investing their time in maintaining a green-based garden. Once an agreement is reached with that village, O4O provides them with seeds, tools, and, most importantly, a course on composting, bringing the soil to life, crop rotation, seed drying, and the importance of growing nutrient-dense foods to fight and prevent disease. This also generates income for the community when they sell their surplus vegetables. When the students graduate, they receive compensation for each garden they successfully set up, thereby creating yet another income source! Currently, Organics 4 Orphans has projects in prisons, villages, schools, slums, and surrounding African countries. Next, they have their sights set on refugee camps and India!

African Adventure Opens Minds

The opportunities are endless, and you can even implement them right here at home. Although we do not experience anything close to what those in extreme poverty experience, we are still in desperate need of education on getting back to the land—to the soil, and letting food be our medicine. I’m sure that is why most of you do what you do! I find it quite ironic that I had to travel all the way to Africa to learn the best way to plant a garden!

In a place where the world’s resources are the richest, its citizens are among the world’s poorest. Where medicinal plants such as Artemisia (wormwood) and Moringa grow in the ditches, most people suffer yearly from malaria and malnutrition, cholera, and typhoid. Where the growing season for healthful fruits and veggies is twelve months a year, people starve. This does not have to be.

Choose HopeMy African Adventure - Kids

Now more than ever it is so important to keep organizations such as O4O going. The EU has declared Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Ethiopia to be in a crisis of extreme famine right now! One garden with one water well per community can literally fix this problem. I have seen it happen! And I have also seen what it looks like when it doesn’t happen. I choose hope. I choose to donate my money to organizations such as O4O rather than sponsorships or dead aid. “Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for life.” That old proverb still rings true.

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing trip, please contact Dale or I. Do yourself a favour and open your eyes to how the other half lives, then reach into your heart and ask yourself what you can do to help. Natural Calm has made it easy for each one of us to effect change.

Click here to find out how you can win a trip to Africa with Organics 4 Orphans.

Thanks,

Lea Apostoleris

  • Email Lea: lea.apostoleris@puritylife.com
  • Email Dale: dale@organics4orphans.org
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What Do You Do With Poo?

Compost-Making Toilets, Poo

Where Does Your Poo Go?

Sunday was World Toilet Day. For those of us from the west this sounds like a strange thing to draw attention to. But for us at O4O, thinking about toilets and the poo that goes into them grabs our attention. Continue reading to find out how poo can actually be used to help the extreme poor.

It is estimated that 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation which is more than 35% of the world’s population. Specifically, 6 in 10 Africans live life without a proper toilet.

As many as 7,500 people die daily due to lack of sanitation and 5,000 of those are children under the age of five. Today, more people die from poor sanitation than from the measles, malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. This is because poor sanitation can release a legion of diseases.

The Value of Poo

For hundreds of years the Chinese have been using human waste to fertilize their fields, increasing food output. This idea combined with 21st century science could be the answer to helping the poor.

At our training center in West Africa we have been using this idea and making the best fertilizer. This fertilizer is created from our students’ waste by using our compost-making toilets.

Studies suggest that the average person consumes approximately 1000 pounds of food or more over the course of a year. Using our compost-making toilets, these consumption rates would allow us to produce 200 pounds of high quality fertilizer. As a result, this would make growing disease-fighting foods a lot easier.

Use Poo By Creating Special ToiletsCompost-Making Toilets, Poo

The process is fairly simple. There are two different models of rural, low-cost compost toilets. The first method involves separating the solids and the liquids as they are treated differently. The solids are kept in the tank for 6-12 months. After this time period it turns into valuable “black gold.” The liquid is stored in pails which is placed in the sun for a month. Then the liquid is used as an activator for compost piles.

The second method involves digging a hole that is approximately 4 ft deep. A temporary shelter is then placed over it to create a bathroom. When the hole is 2/3 full, a new hole is dug nearby and that dirt is used to fill the first hole. The shelter continues to be used with each new hole. After the first hole has been filled for 6 months, it can be used as fertilizer. The material can be removed and used in gardens or a tree can be planted directly into the hole.

Poo Could Extend Life

After a decade of creating disease-fighting gardens we have discovered something. When soil has 10% organic material it becomes full of life. The best organic growers are always looking for sources of high quality organic material. I would think poo, if treated properly, could easily qualify.

On average, Africans die 1/3 to 1/4 sooner than westerners because of poor diets and water. That reality could motivate them to look for solutions that are practical, like turning their human waste into high quality fertilizer.

Therefore, poo can be a resource that can be utilized rather than being mishandled, causing disease or death.  

Check out our website to see how low-to-no-cost composting toilets are built. We think the designs are great! In order to get people to use them, we have show them how it can change their personal lives in a big way.

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