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.
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.
The Thrive model works anywhere there’s:
100 square feet of soil
(the size of a standard living room)
6 hours of daily sunlight
(500 mm / 20 inches a year)
It’s based on the best organic growing methods, nutritional research and an education-first approach.
The Thrive for Good model is flourishing in villages, urban zones, schools, orphanages, prisons, hospitals and more.
Every $1 invested in Life Gardens can yield $16 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.