As one of the founding members of Alpine Initiatives (AI), Lisa Lee Benjamin traveled to Kenya in 2008 and saw the potential to create and edible eden for the Kithoka Amani Community Home in Meru (KACH). KACH was founded by Karambu Ringera and her organization, International Peace Initiatives in 2002 out of her desire to help women with AIDS send their children to school. The Kithoka Amani Community Home project began in 2006 with a vision of a community which nurtured and cared for children orphaned by AIDS and one that could break the cycles of poverty and violence by providing knowledge and tools of self sufficiency.Through collaboration with local farmers and other incredible partners, AI and IPI were able to create more than four acres of edible gardens for KACH. These gardens not only provide food for the 20 children living there, but the sale of excess crops helps subsidize the operating costs of the home. The project has created a local network of more than 100 farmers, who share traditional practices and implement bio intensive and organic gardens.

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