Socio-Economic And Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS)

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 and Kalabo, Western Province Zambia, an area which has very little commerce and lacks viable seed varieties to sustain the population. In this part of Zambia, 80% of the population lives in poverty, the highest level 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 in Mongu and Kalabo, 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 enterprise at the Silozi Seed Bank. These trees are then planted in communities by our local staff and through our voluntourism tree planting initiative. Surplus seedlings are also sold to  Private Game Parks for a nominal fee to help support project activities and to reforest areas that sustain endangered Elephants.  Thanks to the generous donations of our partners and volunteers, we have, so far collected, dried, packaged and sent over 4.2 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.   Earlier this year, Frederick our manager in Mongu communicated to Joanne via text - our usual form of communication as it had not been financially feasible previously to communicate via email until Conner a 10 year old boy from Germany was able to raise a donation of $700.00 in July 2015 which has allowed us to pay for one year of internet service! Frederick communicated with Joanne one day to let her know 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 to make arrangements to meet. 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 over $15.00. Pickering Rotary Club would also be acknowledged in future SEEDS advertisements and the SEEDS website as an expression of our appreciation.

At least 98% 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.  The next shipment will be made on October 31, 2016.  This will give them a good start as their rainy season is just beginning, so your help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you and Happy Fall Season to all!!
With kind regards,

Joanne Hutchinson
Founder and President

Socio-Economic and Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS)
647 444-5534

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