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Patrick Firouzian

Kenyan Schools and Greenhouse Synergies

MidPway between Nairobi and Mombassa is Mtito Andei, a rural town in Kenya that has been hard hit by both climate change and the AIDS epidemic. The town is popular stop for truck drivers to spend the night. The Global Roots Children’s Garden at Matangini elementary School has convinced impoverished families to send their children back to school, and also funded a greenhouse fitted with an optimal water drip system, making it possible to reduce the water footprint while producing vegetables all year around. Part of the production of vegetables at the school is used to feed HIV positive children before they take heavy doses of AIDS medication. Our Children’s Garden in Mtito Andei is not only convincing parents to send their children back to school, it is also saving lives. Keeping children in school in this part of Kenya is critical because Mtito Andei is a place where unattended boys are forcibly recruited into gangs and unskilled girls forced into a lifetime of sexual slavery. .

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