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Honduran farmer Tomas prepares soil for planting.

The connections and learning achieved with your support and generosity are opening new doors. In the past few months, Seed Programs International has forged several new partnerships in Honduras. 

Two of the partnerships were achieved through the powerful international network of Rotarians. Here in Asheville, North Carolina, Asheville Rotarians travel yearly to be hosted by the Copan Ruinas club in Honduras. The team includes dental and opthamology professionals who provide dental and eye care for hundreds of children and adults who have never received such services.

Mother's DayIf you're stumped for ideas about what to get the moms in your life for Mother's Day this year, try thinking outside the box. It's easy to get wrapped up in figuring out what your own mom wants, but there are millions of mothers around the world in need. So this year, consider honoring your mom by helping out someone else's. We're thrilled to introduce to you the Sweet Blossom Gifts, a sponsor of SPI's Women's Empowerment Project. With every item sold, a portion of the sale will be donated to help SPI's partnerships that empower women through seeds.

Sweet Blossom Gifts is an independent family owned business, located in the heart of the Appalachian mountains in Asheville, NC. They offer customized handmade jewelry using high-quality materials by an assortment of fine artisans who take time and care to create each piece. Each item is unique and made specifically to order. Sweet Blossom Gifts' partnership with SPI will help fund seed shipments and agricultural training for women.

Access to the most basic life necessities is out of reach for a staggering number of women around the world. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN reports that "if women in rural areas had the same access to land, technology, financial services, education and markets as men, agricultural production could be increased and the number of hungry people reduced by 100-150 million people." We join with women's gardening projects in the most impoverished countries worldwide including Madagascar, Guatemala, and Liberia. In these countries, illiteracy is prominent, especially among women and girls. 

Female farmers produce more than half the developing world's food - yet own less than 2% of land and have limited access to resources such as seeds, tools, and information. By providing top-quality vegetable seeds and locally-driven support, Seed Programs gives women a path to empowerment, income, and nutrition.
 Enabling women to grow their own food in an underprivileged area can change the lives in an entire community. We join with women's gardening projects in the most impoverished countries worldwide including Madagascar, Guatemala, and Liberia. In these countries, illiteracy is prominent, especially among women and girls.

It may be hard to understand how something as small as a seed can have such a far reaching impact but this is indeed the case. Growing vegetables enables women to feed their families with good nutritious food. Excess vegetables can be sold at markets providing money that was previously unavailable. That money can be used to send girls to school where they can learn to read. Once someone can read, a world of opportunity and hope is opened up.

This Mother's Day, thank the special moms in your life and all mothers around the world by doing what they do everyday: making the world a better place. As you prepare to indulge your mom in the goodies she loves most, consider doing so with a present that also gives back to an organization empowering women in greatest need. 

 Sweet Blossom

Central African RepublicAfter years of brutal violence, finally a small sign of hope! At the agricultural fair in Bozoum, Central African Republic, 178 cooperatives gather to sell their products. Amongst them are the recipients of SPI seeds, selling fresh vegetables. "This is the first time in two years the fair is taking place again, a bet made on hope” says Father Aurelio Gazzera, one of SPI's partners working in CAR. 

Father Aurelio Gazzera is the Bishop of St. Michael Parish of Bouzoum, and has bravely led mediation efforts, provided shelter for thousands fleeing their homes during the violence of ongoing wars, and is helping the local community grow their own food to feed their families.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the least developed countries in the world, coming in at 187 out of 189 countries in the 2014 UN Human Development Index. After a visit to CAR last year, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the BBC that “desperate is an understatement” in describing the situation there. 

Even with the conflicts in the neighboring countries spilling over into the CAR’s borders, SPI has delivered desperately needed seeds with support from our partners like Father Aurelio Gazzera. 

SPI's seed shipment to CAR are funded by the Watson Children's Foundation 
Check out Father Aurelio's blog here: http://bouzouminternational.blogspot.co.uk

Article from WorldWatchMonitor.com about Father Aurelio's amazing work here: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/06/article_3202859.html/

MadagascarThe Madagascar SEEDS Project promotes learning and self-sufficiency by offering much-needed training in the cultivation of nutritious options for feeding families and for generating income. The project helps a thousand families benefit from the donation of thousands of vegetables seeds. Seed distribution takes place at the CRMF literacy centers, where students received lessons in home gardening. The gardens growing today were started with seeds from last year's plants. The renewed hope, the feeling of empowerment, and the sense of accomplishment that this project instills in each gardener is immeasurable.
Dear Donor,

I write on behalf of all those who benefit from the nutrition project and on behalf of myself as program coordinator of this collaborative effort between CRMF and ONG St Gabriel.

We wish to thank you immensely for your support for the home garden project. Your endowment contributes greatly in our fight against malnutrition. We can find no words to thank you adequately, but we can promise we will do the best gardens in a short time and we will send you lots of pictures. At the moment it rains too much and our gardens are not very pretty.

Vero Rasoazanamita 

SPI's seed shipments to Madagascar are funded by the Watson Children's Foundation 

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PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


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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.