The Climb to End Hunger & Malnutrition – Globally!

World hunger has dramatically increased due to COVID-19, supply chain issues, shipping challenges, and war in Ukraine. And the sharpest rise has been in developing countries, where the marginalized and impoverished are at the most risk.

But step by step — and with your help — we can save lives.

Through the Kilimanjaro climb, Thrive for Good and Canada’s most decorated Olympian in history, Penny Oleksiak, are raising funds for families and communities living on one meal or less a day to grow their own nutritious food, sustainably.

Any amount you can give does help. And every dollar you donate is matched, thanks to our generous sponsor, Natural Calm Canada.

The easiest way to help is to simply donate — and you’ll receive an instant tax receipt for all gifts over $15.

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Penny Oleksiak

Canada’s most decorated Olympian in history and World Champion Swimmer creating waves of change in Africa.

Penny Oleksiak has partnered with the Thrive team to be an ambassador – raising awareness and funds for the current global food crisis. She has a tremendous passion to make a difference and impact in the world.

Join Penny and make a difference
Penny Oleksiak Medal

Thrive empowers people with the training and simple tools they need to grow an abundance of healthy, organic, disease-fighting foods for life, sustainably.

The hunger for nutrition is universal.

Access is not.

We are on a mission to change that.

The Problem

2 billion people – including 33% of children – aren’t getting enough life-giving nutrients to reach their full potential and fight disease.

The problem is “hidden hunger” — a chronic lack of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients only whole foods can deliver. Hidden hunger shows up when the first priority is to get food in bellies, and “nutrition” means meal after meal of processed, white grains and corn.

Hidden hunger keeps people from escaping extreme poverty. It causes kids to miss school. It prevents adults from working when they’re chronically ill. And it orphans too many children.

Until now, a nutrient-dense diet has seemed out of reach for the poor.

But with Life Gardens, anyone can grow health.

poverty and poor nutrition

For people in developing countries, access to nutritious food can change everything.

Preventable diseases linked to malnutrition kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

45% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to nutrition and disease-fighting food can save around 16,000 lives every week.

nutrition poverty trap

Hidden hunger causes kids to miss school.

Less time being sick means more time in class. Not only that, but when their growing bodies are well fed with nutritious, life-giving food, kids are able to focus, study and learn more.

The poorest regions have up to 40% unemployment. When 2 billion people live on less than $2 per day, hope is distant.

However, with health and the skills to generate an income from growing surplus food in a Life Garden, they can escape the vicious cycle of poverty.

Industrial food production is hurting the planet. And people still go hungry.

Thrive’s model for growing diverse, 100% organic food is nourishing the planet’s people and the environment — sustainably.

The Solution

How do we tackle hidden hunger?

Simply, through Life Gardens.

Thrive trains and equips people to grow an abundance of healthy, organic, disease-fighting foods and medicinal plants. With knowledge, simple tools, and starter seeds, people who can’t afford to buy healthy food can grow their own – sustainably.

We call these projects Life Gardens because growing health is the first step to a thriving life.

Thrive and its partners are creating sustainable and lasting change by bringing nutrition and health to people around the world.

43,648

Life Garden Beds

114,830

People Eating Healthy Food

Our Non-Profit Partner Organizations

960

Partner Communities

2.3 Million

Monthly Meals Produced

$891,705

Value of Food Per Month

Everyone deserves the chance to develop, grow strong and flourish. Each gift of $15 gives one person the knowledge, skills and tools to grow nutrition for a lifetime.

Learn More

Life Gardens changed the lives of Jacob, John, Mara, and Joyce. Read their stories.

The Return on Investment

Every $1 invested in Life Gardens can yield $15 in economic returns to a community.

It’s a solid investment. Life Gardens are perhaps the single most powerful tool for ending poverty.

With the right knowledge and simple tools, it costs very little to grow health. But the impact is enormous, rippling out to dramatically improve child development, mortality, economic security — creating brighter futures.

$15 a month gives 12 people a year everything they need to grow health.

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Transport yourself into one of our serene Life Gardens. Experience the life-giving nutrition and abundance that comes from a community garden.