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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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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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The Double-Edged Sword of Antibiotics

Will You Win the 50/50 Antibiotic Lottery?

Just this morning I was talking to a friend who was vacationing down south. She mentioned how quickly a bug had gotten into her system, pushing her body temperature to 104 degrees. She went to a local medical clinic, got a round of antibiotics and 12 hours later she started to feel somewhat normal.Antibiotic Resistance

Even though the doctor truly didn’t know if it was viral or bacterial, she seemed to win the 50/50 lottery that it was bacterial. If it had been a viral infection the provided antibiotics would not have had an impact.

Antibiotics Solve AND Create Problems

The WHO (World Health Organization) has declared this week as World Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19, 2017. The key word is “Awareness” because even though antibiotics have been saving lives for 90 years, they have also created forms of drug resistant bacteria which have created even more problems.

Western adults get colds 2 to 4 times a year and children 6 to 10 times. The common cold, flues and as many as 95% of noticeable sicknesses are caused by viruses. Therefore, 90% of antibiotics sold may be totally ineffective short term. Our guess is that the common cold occurrence with children in developing countries is even higher than 6 to 10. In these countries antibiotics can be purchased for as little as $1.50 with no prescription needed from a doctor.

Bad Versus Good

Seventy percent of the immune system resides in the gut. The use of antibiotics not only take out the bad bacteria but also the good disease fighting allies. After the good bacteria are removed, bad strains such as Helicobacter pylori move in creating stomach ulcers. We have seen symptoms of ulcers in young adults reversed in many cases with green vegetable derived compounds. Left untreated these conditions can last a lifetime.

Good gut bacteria help to protect the digestive tract by creating a lining. As well, it assists with the digestion of foods and promotes a variety of actions such as vitamin production and metabolic functions. Additionally, good bacteria release antibacterial substances that prevent disease.

One way of preventing bad bacteria is by crowding them out with good bacteria. This is known as competitive exclusion.

A healthy micronutrient-rich plant based diet promotes good bacteria. Good bacteria feed on fiber which is abundant in unrefined plant food. Unfortunately, hundreds of helpful bacteria are lost with the use of antibiotics. Therefore, creating a vacuum for the bad strains to come in.

Our Time With Antibiotics is Running Out

Antibiotic Resistance

One of the WHO slogans is “use antibiotics wisely to combat rising drug resistance”. We agree with this but also ask the question, what do you put in place of antibiotics? Organics4Orphans feel that more awareness needs to be created about restoring the damage in our gut which has been caused by the overuse of antibiotics. We need to create a strong immune system that can effectively overcome diseases. This is what our Growing Health program is all about.

The good news is that the solution to fix the over use of antibiotic costs little to nothing. Simple, fresh, whole foods is all that is needed.

For more on this topic watch out for our new book called Super Immunity for Developing Countries coming out in 2018.

Learn more about World Antibiotic Awareness Week by clicking here.

Five Disease-Fighting Foods Used As Medicine

Disease-fighting foods

Easy to Grow, Disease-Fighting Foods

For the last 30 years, forward thinking doctors have been treating patients with disease-fighting food.Disease-fighting foods: cruciferous vegetables

In order to build strong immune systems, doctors agree that the following 5 disease-fighting vegetables are most beneficial if eaten on a daily basis. Additionally, these super vegetables contain the highest protective chemicals to build up the body’s defenses – even more reason to include them in everyday meals!

Cruciferous Plants

Benefits: Reduces inflammation and blood glucose levels. As well, it stimulates the immune system and promotes gut health.

Amount: More than 1 cup per day. These vegetables need to be chewed thoroughly or blended in order to break down its cell walls.Disease-fighting foods: greens

Examples: Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard, turnip, and cress.

Greens

Benefits: They are an excellent source of fiber. Additionally, they are high in vitamins C and K, folate, calcium, iron and magnesium.

Amount: More than 1 cup per day, especially if the greens are being cooked.Disease-fighting foods: onions

Examples: More than 30 different green leaves can be used, this can include spinach, kale, and a variety of lettuce.

Allium Family

Benefits: Similar to cruciferous vegetables, they are high in sulfur chemicals which support the immune system. Also, they are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and they help to regulate blood sugar.

Amount: Consume 1/2 cup per day.Disease-fighting foods: colourful vegetables

Examples: All members are good for your health including onions, chives, scallion, shallot, leek and garlic.

Coloured Vegetables

Benefits: Each colour of vegetable has its own specific benefits.

  • Green: This colour represents chlorophyll, vitamins K and C, folate and lutein.
  • Red: These vegetables are rich in lycopene which helps to prevent cancer and heart disease.Disease-fighting foods: beans
  • Orange: This colour is associated with high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin C. Orange vegetables support vision and immune function.
  • Purple: Altogether, these purple vegetables support mental clarity, cancer and anti-aging.
  • White: By reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure, these vegetables are especially beneficial to those with diabetes.

Amount: More than 1 cup per day.

Examples: Peppers, carrots, eggplant, tomatoes, squash, mushrooms, and potatoes.

Beans

Benefits: Beans almost have too many benefits to mention. They are full of fiber which helps to slow down blood sugar. Also, they are rich in iron, protein and help support the kidneys.

Amount: Should include at least 3 servings per week.

Examples: There are dozens of different varieties and it is important to include different ones in your diet.

The Strength of Symphony

When using food as medicine, as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs, we benefit from the hundreds, if not thousands of different supportive plant chemicals in the food. These plant chemicals, especially those in green leaves, work together to boost our immune system. Pharmaceutical medicines on the other hand only provide a few specific chemicals.

If you create a diet that includes many different plant foods, you are increasing the potential for a more holistic solution for all your disease and health challenges.

Majority of people worldwide consume between 1-2 thousand pounds of food each year. Choosing the right foods can mean the difference between a life of sickness or one of health. Therefore, this solution creates the best health care option for those in developing countries.

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What Are The Chances? A Trip To Africa!

A story of how Nic Soontiens and his wife won a trip to Africa with Organics 4 Orphans.

Local Grocery Store Visit Turns Into a Trip to Africa

When my 11-year old daughter and I popped in to Nature’s Way Select Foods & Brewing Supplies located at 2676 County Road 43 in Kemptville, never would we have imagined that we would walk out of the store with a FREE TRIP TO AFRICA!

Well, we didn’t exactly know that we had won a trip until several months later, but to this day we still think, “what are the chances!?”

Nature’s Way was having a customer appreciation day in 2016 when my daughter and I stopped in. Seeing the store decorated with banners, balloons and various door prizes to be won certainly got our attention. As we nibbled on free samples here, filled out some ballets there, we noticed this one eye-catching enticement: “Win a Trip for 2 to Kenya, Africa!”

Natural Calm Canada Supports Trip to Africa

The trip was sponsored by Natural Calm Canada, a high quality magnesium supplement well-known to customers and those in the natural food industry. So ‘naturally,’ I filled out a ballot! Having secured our groceries, we went on our merry way. Several months later we received a call from the Natural Calm Canada head office. They indicated that I had won the national grand prize: a trip for two to Kitale, Kenya, including a safari! At first I immediately interrogated the girl on the phone to confirm that this was not a scam. Then I was dumbfounded and over the moon all in one! That one phone call started a chain of events that brought us to the amazing continent of Africa. A trip that my wife Jules and I will not soon forget.Trip to Africa with Organics 4 Orphans

Dale and Linda Bolton are the co-owners of Natural Calm Canada and every so often, they sponsor a trip such as the one that we were a part of. One of the reasons they do this is to bring awareness to an amazing organization that is changing lives in Africa. They started a non-profit organization called Organics4Orphans which is funded by the proceeds from Natural Calm. Organics 4 Orphans (O4O) has one lofty goal: to end extreme poverty. With the opportunity to participate in a hands-on way during our trip to Kenya, Jules and I saw the direct impact that O4O was having overseas. As I scrutinized the model that they are using to achieve their one goal, I remember thinking that it just makes so much sense!

Organics 4 Orphans Teaches Anyone and Everyone

O4O has a training school in Kitale, Kenya. Here they teach students, young and old, how to grow organic food at low cost. The graduates then work with others in their respective communities to start up community gardens.They also build nutritional awareness on what healthy eating actually looks like. While at the training center, the students also learn about food security, income generation, and disease prevention.

We got to visit several of these community garden projects. It provided the opportunity to connect with the locals who were involved in growing their own food. Despite the harsh conditions of the dry season that these communities face, it was clear that O4O is having an impact. The graduates teach the members of the community the skills they have learned. This allows the community members to have nutritional food to eat and are able to grow healing, immune-building foods, and as a result, are healthier.

A 19-year old Girl Shines Light in the Kitale Prison

One out trip to the Kitale Prison showed this model in a “win-win-win” kind of way. This community garden project was started in the prison by a very special Kenyan girl named Joyce. She was only 19 when she started the prison garden project. At the time of our visit, it was an incredible thing to behold. Prisoners had something very positive with which to occupy their time in jail. As well, upon release they actually had transferable skills and the capacity to generate income. They were eating their own healthier food, which meant lower food costs for the prison and fewer inmates at the infirmary. After seeing the multi-faceted benefits to this particular project, Jules and I believed in the model that O4O is using to reach their goal of ending extreme poverty.

To be able to participate in this amazing journey where we saw once-sick people healthy again, hopeless people with a passion for the future, and countless lives transformed, Jules and I still think about all the lives that Natural Calm through Organics4Orphans has impacted. Although, we are not sure which lives were impacted more, and it leaves us wondering, “what are the chances!?”

Nic Soontiens is an infantry officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. He lives in the Kemptville area with his wife Jules and their children.             

Win a Trip to Africa This Coming January!

Click here to find out more on how you can win a trip to Africa. Take part in the unique experiences that Nic and Jules had.

 

Trip to Africa - Nic and Jules

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O4O Student Interns and New Students Interviews

O4O Students graduating from growing health institute

ORGANICS 4 ORPHANS INTERNATIONAL

Project Information Story

Enjoy reading the following interviews to learn more about our recent O4O students and what they stand for. Each O4O student was asked the same 6 questions which address their expectations of the school, their family health history and what their future looks like now that they are disease-free and have a positive outlook on life.

Barnabah Allan Kwendo

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To get knowledge about Agriculture, to go and teach people in the community.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    I expect good results of what is being taught that should come within myself.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I had eyesight problems and used eyeglasses to see what was near me. I was prone to Malaria, but after going to this school, I’m feeling well.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    A total of 3 people died. Two of them died because of cancer and the other 1 from kidney failure.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because I will use it to go teach the community. It teaches me how to live without using chemicals in planting so I can be healthy.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    I want to be a world changer, to go and teach the people in the community to adopt a disease-free community with the help of organic farming.

Milkah Simiyu

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To have knowledge in Agriculture, to expand it to the community and to become a disease-free community.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To have great knowledge about Agriculture to expand it worldwide for them to acquire the knowledge.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I was suffering from Malaria and a common fever, but herbal medicines help me and even make my skin smooth. Now I’m feeling okay and looking young.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    One person has died from malnutrition.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because introducing organic farming drives the community to change from inorganic to organic farming.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To expand the knowledge of Agriculture to the community, to do 12 projects and to help the community.

Charles Saiyalel Leshaon

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To acquire more knowledge that I didn’t learn before and to learn more.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To get more knowledge, to change my character and have more things to share with others.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I used to have common flu sometimes, but now I’m so good and okay after taking the green diet.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    My father died because of cigarette smoking and drinking liquor. It affected his lungs and his breathing.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    It is important because it makes me to know more varieties of plants that I didn’t know before. School helped me to learn how to cook these varieties and to know their uses and effects. Documentaries enabled me to reclaim barren land and turn it into a productive land. The practicals taught me to make compost which makes the soil healthy in a cheaper way.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    The knowledge I have acquired will help to have a great impact in the community and as well in our country and even worldwide.

Electine Imbenzi

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    I became interested of this knowledge and to acquire it.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To gain knowledge to help other people in my community.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I used to have a problem with my stomach after eating kales, but after being in school and taught about some knowledge of it, I became well.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    Seven people from my family of Malaria and breast cancer, but mostly the cause is cancer.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    It is important just like for the Green for Life book, I learned so much from it and in documentaries I learned how to treat and prevent sickness and diseases. The school helped me to get the tools and seeds for my project and even helped me with my own health.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    Now that I gained the knowledge I learned from this school, that knowledge will be used to teach people, and through that knowledge it will help in terms of being healthy. It will also help the community to grow food without using chemicals.

Belinda Nasimiyu

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    I liked the institution and the way they do is good especially the knowledge and skills.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To expand my knowledge and even to share it to the community and expecting the support.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I was sick several times with common sicknesses, but medicinal herbs have helped me to get well and energetic.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    My grandfather died from prostate cancer and my Uncle died from diabetes.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it is helping people to be healed from sickness by using medicinal plants that I learned from school and even the support like tools, which makes it easier for the community to work on the project.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To expand the knowledge that I acquired from the school to teach the community and make them a disease-free community. I want to change the community and even the world.

Warnorni N. Zeldah

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To acquire the knowledge about organic farming and apply the knowledge to the community.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To expect support like financial and education.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I was getting sick most of the time, but after being taught about natural medicine I became okay and good and haven’t felt sick again.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    We had to burry 10 people last year because of Malaria and mostly cancer.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because of the financial support for farming tools it helped the project to get started and survive. Learning medicinal plants which helped the community and even to my family. Learning the 8 principles of bio-intensive farming which has helped the community to make their soil fertile.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To do 20 projects and change the world through organic farming.

Joseph Simiyu

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To acquire agricultural knowledge on how to grow food organically.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To have support on smooth running of projects.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I was suffering from pneumonia for 1 year and even Malaria attacked me 4 times in a year. After coming to the school and learning all this stuff, it was suppressed down and I became healthy and energetic.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    NONE
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?Very important because the natural medicine helped me to overcome sickness and diseases. For the support like tools and seeds it helped my project to get established easier. The documentaries helped me to increase my knowledge, especially the practicums. It helped me to have free education, accommodation, and nutritional foods that helped me to become healthy. The knowledge I acquired helped me to change my community to be disease-free.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To change the community in order to attain disease free, food sustainability of the community to eradicate chemically grown food and to teach them how to grow their food organically.

Henry Waweka

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To gain knowledge of nutrition and to learn more about natural medicine.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To come up with knowledge that I’ll be gaining and to gain more knowledge apart from what I’ve learned before.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before this school, I was regularly attacked by Malaria 4 times a year, but after learning about natural medicine, I am no longer affected.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    Two of my family members died from Malaria.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because the knowledge that I’ve gained I have used to teach the community which has reduced the sickness and diseases and they’re now growing healthy.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To improve on nutrition in communities by encouraging them to embrace organic food that they grow, to improve on disease-free communities and improve food security.

 

Peter Kebaso

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To transform my life so that I may be improved, to get the knowledge and to help other people.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To have support in knowledge for me to go out and help people.
  1. What is your health history?
    Before I normally suffered from common sickness like headaches and would get tired easily. Malaria also was present 2 times in a year, but now I’m feeling okay because my health was changed to good.
  1. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    One person died from HIV.
  1. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because I am learning from the books that I have read and getting more information. The documentaries helped me to learn something more which I will teach to the communities and the organization helped me to have support in seeds for my projects.
  2. What do you expect to do after school?
    To go out, even abroad, teaching the way of organic farming so they can also benefit the good side effects.

Asige Emmanuel Khaus

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To improve life and the community. To have a change from what I used to be, to be newer and to work for my future.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To have support in my project to eradicate poverty in the communities just like the aim of the organization.
  3. What is your health history?
    Malaria attacks me 4 times in 3 months, but now I’ve never been sick and I’m growing healthy.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    Four people died because of cancer and malnutrition.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it teaches the community to have sustainable development, food security and self-improvement. It also improved my health and even the hope for my future.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To try and solve the problem of food security by having long lasting projects, spreading the knowledge to communities especially to the people who are needy.

Kiboi K. Abraham

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To learn more about agriculture, to grow foods organically, to grow and change the society and country.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To come out the best inventive and innovative and to go and be a world changer.
  3. What is your health history?
    Malaria had attacked me 4 times in a year, but now I’m not experiencing it anymore and have never been admitted to the hospital again. The natural medicine helped me to have a strong immune system.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    6 people died because of AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malnutrition and Cancer.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because I’m going to implement the knowledge about bio-intensive farming and natural medicine that I’ve acquired to teach them to my community.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    Promoting and selling natural medicine and herbal teas and even teaching them how to acquire the knowledge. I want to be a good example on how to implement organic farming.

Kennedy Ndinyo Wambeye

O4O Student Intern
  1. Why come to this school?
    To get the knowledge that I can use to help the community.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To have this knowledge which I will use to ensure that the community is healthy, have enough food and have income generation.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I was overweight, and Malaria attacked me 12 times in a year, but now I feel that I’m okay and never been experiencing Malaria again.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    3 people died from Diabetes and High Blood pressure.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because I’m gaining more knowledge that helped me to get more information about varieties of medicinal and vegetable plants.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To go back to community and apply the knowledge to ensure that people are healthy, have enough food, have income generation and even create a disease-free community.

Otwane O. Joel

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To have knowledge about agriculture. Pursuing knowledge of agriculture, theology and discipleship to help community.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To be fully educated, employment and even supporting the projects.
  3. What is your health history?
    Malaria attacked me 4 times in a year, but now there are changes after eating foods that are nutritious which makes me healthy and stronger.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    NONE
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because the materials are good. It gave me the knowledge that I never learned before and even the teachings will remain permanently. The documentaries helped me to understand well by learning more details and strengthen how to grow in life.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To be moving all over the world to teach those people who do not have knowledge about organic farming and for them to get it. To start agricultural schools which entails organic farming purely to eradicate famine. To teach people about the need of having healthy soil in the life of human beings. To teach people about the need of using plants as medicinal plants against manufactured chemicals. To teach people about green diet rather than a dairy diet. To teach them more about how modern chemicals cause diseases in our lives. My aim is to reach people in the interior, to give them modern skills for a healthy generation.

Lorian Sabuni khaemba

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To gain knowledge and to use it in my community.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To learn more about medicinal plants and nutritional foods.
  3. What is your health history?
    Malaria attacked me 6 times in a year but now I’m feeling okay and healthy because of the greens that I eat.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    6 people died because of Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because I learned so much from the book and even in the teachings and documentaries.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To use the knowledge, to share it to communities by implementing projects.

Nyongesa Sabuni Kevin

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To gain agricultural knowledge and nutrition. To improve body and health.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To acquire the greater knowledge of how to use bio-intensive farming and help to convince the society on how to practice organic farming.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before my appetite was down and even Malaria attacked me twice a year, but now my appetite is back to normal and even I feel good and healthy.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    My real Mother died from Malaria.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it make my eyes open. The books helped me to get more knowledge. The documentaries helped me to easily understand how to apply it.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To go and empower the community and encourage them to use more greens and have green smoothies. To teach the community the way of organic farming by double digging, super soil, vertical gardening and etc.

Bwire Lawrence Oundo

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To get and acquire knowledge. To go and change the society.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To change the community by teaching new agricultural methods. To encourage communities to embrace natural medicine.
  3. What is your health history?
    Malaria attacked me 5 times in one year, but now I’m feeling healthy, stronger and energetic.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    Two members of my family died because of cancer.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because the documentaries teaches me more how to use natural medicine, to treat Malaria and it contains the deeper information.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To go home and begin to plant natural medicine plants. To help people that are suffering from sickness and diseases. To go to the communities to teach them healthy living and I am planning to do 3 projects within my community.

Namukhula Oliver Mamayi

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To acquire knowledge about organic farming and to use the greens as food and medicine.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To transform my family and the community by teaching them to have balanced diet and to be away from sickness and diseases and even improve the health.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I am used to take processed foods, meat, sugar and even cooking oil. My body was suffering from common illnesses like cough, flu and Malaria for about 3 times in a year. But now I feel fine and okay with the help of green smoothies and the nutritious food that I take, it makes my immune system stronger and never been sick again.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    3 people died from High blood pressure, Malaria and Diabetes.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it teaches how natural medicines can treat sickness and diseases like Malaria. The book helped me to acquire knowledge about bio-intensive farming.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To start a project from home, to teach the knowledge that I have acquired to the communities and churches by transforming them.

Tom Mulongo

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To get knowledge about Agriculture and to know how to generate income.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To go and transform the community in showing the method of organic farming.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I used to have common sickness like headache and stomach ache but now my health is improving.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    1 died from Throat Cancer.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because I can get the knowledge of organic farming, learn different methods and know how to control certain diseases using herbal medicines.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To transform the society, to teach them how to generate income and to be a disease-free community.

Wafula Brian Wanyama

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To get knowledge and to improve my life. To learn different varieties of plants.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To expand the vision, to do something that is unique and change the lives of the people.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I had common sickness and would even be attacked by Malaria four times in a year, but now I am feeling well and have never felt unwell again.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    NONE
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it expands my mind to get the knowledge and I am happy for the teachings and practicums.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To act as an example starting with my family, to teach them, changing their lives, introducing organic farming to the communities and awareness of the people about nutritious food.

Wafula S. Emmanuel

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To get knowledge about planting crops without using chemicals and learn different things, especially natural medicine.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To teach people how to control diseases by just eating vegetables. Encourage the community not to use chemicals for farming.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I would be attacked by Malaria 2 times in a year, but now my appetite is increasing and I am becoming more energetic.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    1 died from cancer.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it teaches how to treat Malaria, teaching us to plant crops, teach us how to cut fats in our body, knowledge how to double dig and importance of soil structure.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To be a teacher, to teach people what I learned and even bring some people to this institution to learn.

Bujegembe Jean De Dieu

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To change the community through taking care of the soil, to take nutritional foods and to teach them how to treat diseases like Malaria.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To help understand more about vegetables and natural medicines.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I used to be attacked by Malaria 4 times in a year, but now I feel some changes which make my immune system stronger.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    2 died from Asthma.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it increases my knowledge to change the community by bio-intensive farming and natural medicine.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To improve by planting Artemisia and Moringa in my community, to come up with a disease-free community and teaching the community about bio-intensive farming.

Sammy K. Morongo

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To acquire knowledge about organic farming and to transform people with the knowledge I have acquired.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To acquire knowledge that will assist the community and to improve life and even the community as well.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I used to be attacked by Malaria 4 times in a year and some common illnesses but now I feel stronger.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    4 people died from High blood pressure, Typhoid fever and Malaria.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it has taught me how to know organic farming, applying manure to the soil, green smoothies which can help improve our body and immune system.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    Teach people more about Christianity, teach about herbal medicines and organic farming.

Samuel Nawi

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To develop myself through the knowledge of organic farming.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To know more agricultural plants and to get knowledge in helping needy people in the community.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I suffered from ulcers and heartburns and when I came for 2 weeks training I felt some changes in my body. For now, I can eat all the vegetables and I feel so healthy.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    My sister died because of Malaria and Malnutrition.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it gives me more knowledge, more wide and more details, I understood many things that I didn’t know before.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To help the community with the knowledge of organic farming. Aiming majorly to widows and orphans. To make a disease-free community.

Wakwenje Haron Maakaka

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To gain knowledge of agriculture. To heal myself and the world.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To gain education and to teach others.
  3. What is your health history?
    I used to be attacked by common sickness and even Malaria which attacks me 12 times in a year, but now I feel good and fine.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    1 died from Malaria/Typhoid.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    It helped me to remember the teachings. The practicum is the best part of learning.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To teach others and heal them, teaching new life by spreading the knowledge and to have a disease-free community.

Melvin Isanda Akungu

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To get the knowledge of organic farming.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To give the knowledge of organic farming and how to use medicinal plants.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I used to be attacked by common sickness and even Malaria which attacked me once in a year. But now I’m doing okay and healthy.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    5 people died from Diabetes, Typhoid and Malaria.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    The books improved my knowledge to easily understand and get the idea, the practicum assists the knowledge of how to apply, the documentaries encourages and change the lifestyle and teachings which gave me the knowledge and the ideas.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To educate the community, to show them the organic way of farming, to change the lifestyle of my family and community, to change the community by means of organic farming and a healthy lifestyle.

Vivian Chesang

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To get knowledge of planting and learn about medicinal plants.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To give some knowledge on how to practice organic farming.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I used to be attacked by Malaria 3 times in a year and some common sickness, but now I feel okay and healthy.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    2 died because of Malaria.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it gives knowledge of many things like the importance of eating greens.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To teach people about organic farming and even changing the community.

Brian Wafula

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    Because the school has a good plan they offer free education about organic farming and even the teachings of the institution is what my community needs.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To give the knowledge until I reach the highest level, to finish all and I want to go to DTS.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I used to be attacked by Malaria 12 times in a year but after coming to this school and eating the greens it helped me to boost my immune system and I am now healthy and energetic.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    2 died from Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because the books help me to earn more knowledge like the Green for Life book. The practicum helped me to apply the teachings and the documentaries helped me to how to change the community.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To help 100 people who are suffering from sickness and diseases, to teach them the balanced diet, teaching hygiene by making tipi taps, and to teach them how to grow their own food organically and to have income generation.

Dorcus Nanjala Wekesa

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To acquire knowledge of Agriculture, to go out to spread the vision of the institution and to do it practically at home and in communities.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To have maximum knowledge about the institution, get the importance of this institution in Kenya and making the institution to grow and spread.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I suffered from allergies after eating chicken meat and chicken eggs and also Malaria attacked me 10 times in a year. After getting into this institution and eating nutritional foods that they served, it has changed my body and has boosted my immune system, I feel more comfortable and energetic.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    2 died from Malaria and Prostate Cancer.
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because the books taught me the importance of greens in our life and in our body. The documentaries gave me deeper understanding, details and knowledge. The practicum helped me to do it practically which for me it is easier to understand.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    To go and teach the community of how to take their health in a natural way by natural medicines. To have disease-free community and stop malnutrition in my home, community and country.

Alice M.C. Binale

O4O New Student
  1. Why come to this school?
    To learn more about organic farming.
  2. What do you expect from school?
    To learn holistically in organic farming, nutrition, natural medicine and income generation.
  3. What is your health history?
    Before I suffered from Malaria and some problems with my bowel movements, but after eating greens I feel changes for which now I visit the toilet regularly.
  4. Have many people died from sickness from your family?
    NONE
  5. How important to you is the materials that you’re learning?
    Very important because it helped me become healthy and even my family too.
  6. What do you expect to do after school?
    My vision is to make the country healthy by my 5 year plan which first is to establish a demo plot, second is to mobilize farmers to be trained, third is to use farmers to invite other farmers which the ratio will be 1 to 5, to establish seed banks and to have income generation.

 

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