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Beatrice Marseille is a Haitian-American nurse practitioner based in New York state. In Beatrice’s original hometown of Meyer, Haiti, the staff of the health care clinic she helped establish now prescribe vegetable seeds along with medicines. Beatrice understands that a vitamin pill or a prescription medicine can help a lot, but for long-term health, clinic patients must take control over their own nutrition, economic power, and well-being. This is where vegetable seeds change lives. This type of change gets woven into the social fabric of the community and extends into future generations.

your gift supports liberiaUmaru Sheriff was once among the “most vulnerable” in society. When the Liberian civil war struck, he was forced to flee his home and everything he knew, and spent five years as a refugee in Sierra Leone. Today, as Executive Director of 4-H Liberia, Umaru leads life-enriching, agriculture-focused learning for students at 80 schools in five counties — many of whom have planted SPI seeds to enhance their school lunches and their own knowledge of agriculture and nutrition. If Umaru has his way, the next generation of Liberians will be stocked with leaders who build a strong future and reject the destructive ways of the past.

Our work here at the office is to be a conduit of your generous giving, transforming a few dollars into garden-centered resources, and ensuring those resources land in powerful hands. People like Umaru and Beatrice are the driving force of our SPI success stories.

There’s a word that comes to mind for me: humanity. So much of our daily news these days is about division, human cruelty, and promotion of self-interest or national interests. I love working for SPI because, in a context that can feel toxic, we can express humanity around the globe by putting resources in the hands of local leaders who are deeply improving their communities. Every day, your gift of vegetable seeds and gardening expertise brings hope, nutrition, income, and self-reliance for those facing unimaginably challenging conditions.

This gift is not expressed as a handout or a short-term fix. The gift of seeds and skills can be guarded by strong leaders like Beatrice and Umaru, preserved, passed on, and multiplied.

Please consider making a generous annual gift to SPI, today. Donate online at givenow.to/SPI or by mail to:

Seed Programs International
PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815

With gratitude,

Peter Marks
CEO / President
Seed Programs International

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.