Meet Jacob

Jacob Lotodo was first introduced to Thrive in 2012 when he started his journey as an intern, learning about growing health. In the past year, Jacob has accepted the title of being a husband, a new father and the partnership coordinator for Thrive’s local partnerships. Jacob has started many community garden projects, most recently with a group of people that are deaf and another with a large anglican church. Together, the Gay Lea Foundation and Thrive will work together to bring knowledge and practical skills to students in 8 new schools. Students and educators will be supported to create and maintain sustainable Life Gardens that reduce the school’s food costs, increase nutrition and health for students and school administration and provide a source of revenue generation for students to purchase school supplies.

Project Location: Kitale, Kenya


  • Organic Agricultural Trainer
  • Discipleship Training School
  • Thrive Leadership
  • Partnership Coordinator

is proud to empower children to grow health by sponsoring the School Life Gardens Expansion Program

The Gay Lea Foundation is dedicated to supporting education, poverty relief, co-operative development and community well-being projects in the communities where their members and employees live, work and play – and in developing countries around the world. Over the last 6 years, they have partnered with various charities across Canada, impacting thousands in need. To extend their impact, the Gay Lea Foundation is going a step further by partnering with Thrive for Good to bring health and nutrition to over 800 students in Kenya. The creation of Life Gardens will reduce the prevalence of malaria by up to 75%, provide the nutrients our bodies need to thrive and allow individuals to reach their full potential.


new schools growing life-giving, disease-fighting food


children trained and empowered to grow health


adults impacted through home-based extensions


dollars of nutritious food produced per year


times the impact return on investment

“Every single month I use to suffer from malaria. I was very weak, had muscle pain, chills, fever, night sweats, headache, loss of appetite and weight. But after coming to Thrive in 2012 and learning about natural medicine, I have never experienced malaria or allergies again.”

– Jacob Lotodo

How Gay Lea’s partnership gift is used:

100% of funds go directly to supporting School Life Gardens.

Gay Lea’s investement of $12,000 will fund our school expansion project of 8 additional schools.
Here’s how far Gay Lea’s donation dollars will go in Kenya as they support 4 different trainers:


Everything begins with a seed. Once planted, it is nurtured, fed and supported.


Education and data empowers choice, change, opportunity and power.


Transparency through communication to share the impact that you are supporting.


Travelling to reach the marginalized and all areas of society.


Love and support for each of our 4 trainer’s thriving families.