The delicate balance between a hand-out and a hand-up

The delicate balance between a hand-out and a hand-up

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Thrive for Good is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 to help eradicate extreme poverty. 

Thrive took a different approach than most to the concept of charity, though, and instead of giving help in the form of money or handing out single meals, they dug deep to find the roots of poverty and carefully began sowing seeds of change. 

Often, individuals who live in hardship are given meals prepared with processed foods, including white grains and corn. While these meals help people feel satiated, they do not contain the necessary vitamins, minerals, or micronutrients that human bodies need to function efficiently. People, especially those living in extreme hardship, need the nutrition that only an abundance of whole, living foods can deliver.

Thrive knew they wouldn’t create a sustainable, long-term solution if they only focused on filling bellies. Instead, they worked on empowering people with the training and simple tools they needed to grow an abundance of healthy, organic, disease-fighting foods for life.

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Life Gardens began to grow. From around the world, people went to their training center in Kitale, Kenya to learn the Life Gardens growing methods from around the world. They then went out and trained others in east African villages, urban zones, schools, orphanages, prisons, HIV groups, hospitals, and more. Steadily change began to occur. 

To date, over 34,275 garden beds have been cultivated, and nearly 96,654 people have been impacted.

“My family and I experienced food shortage for the majority of our lives. When we learned about Thrive, everything changed. Now our days of suffering from severe malnutrition are over. We are not only eating food every day, but we are eating the highest nutrient foods that are allowing us to live healthy lives.”

– Lydia Awor

Education

Education is fundamental in breaking the cycle of poverty and benefits the individual, family, community, and nation. Education is a powerful, sustainable means to alleviate poverty and bring lasting change. Consequently, any effort to create permanent change must include education, in one way or the other.  

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Education also helps remove the stigma of charity, and instead of creating an environment where people rely on regular donations and hand-outs, it cultivates pride, strength, and independence. People are empowered to bring themselves out of poverty; they remain dignified and can transform their health. Over 60% of Thrive Communities are now sustainable; they stand alone and don’t require any further payment.

Thrive also created the Thrive Institute, the first online organic gardening and nutrition training designed for developing communities. It’s an incredible response to the impacts COVID has had on food security, health and income challenges. 

Thrive’s goal in 2021 was to train more communities in Africa and around the world, and they are well on their way to doing just that. Thrive recently launched the Thrive Gardening Academy in April 2022, which will assist North Americans in creating a disease-protective lifestyle.

The Thrive Gardening Academy will teach people to grow their own nutritious food at home via easy-to-follow, step-by-step videos and explain exactly how to grow the healthiest, most nutritious food with fewer headaches, less waste and lower costs—also covered will be how to cook what is produced to prevent disease and live a longer, healthier life.  

Here’s where you can join the course for free.