Seeds of Hope Homecoming 2016 volunteer project benefits families in Africa
Kennesaw State University students send more than 45,000 seed packets to Malawi
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 14, 2016) — Working through the Atlanta-based charitable group Seeds of Hope, more than 130 Kennesaw State University students spent a recent Sunday afternoon packaging carrot and bell pepper seeds destined for family gardens in Malawi.
The project was a joint venture with the Student Government Association, Volunteerism and Service Learning Support (VSLS) and the 2016 Homecoming Committee to encourage KSU students to reach out to others in need across the globe.
“The Seeds of Hope event went extremely well. I loved how in depth the hosts made it go, from packing the seeds to properly labeling each and every packet,” said third-year information systems major Mouna Vadlamudi.
“I was more than excited to participate in this year's service project because it went from being a local-level project to a more global scale,” Vadlamudi said. “KSU making a difference in Malawi and other parts of Southwest Africa was an exciting prospect. I truly hope to hear back on where the seeds ended up and how they helped the recipients.”
The Seeds of Hope ministry of Atlanta’s Peachtree Presbyterian Church bundles the seed packets and arranges transportation for them to partners in Malawi for distribution to families.
“This volunteer effort was a huge undertaking because we had about 225,000 seeds and we were putting five seeds into each packet,” said event organizer Kimberly Henghold, VSLS assistant director.
Several rows of tables were set up in the University Rooms of the Student Center to form a production line, with some students carefully measuring the correct amount of seeds while others labeled packets and prepared the boxes for shipment.
The more than 45,000 Seeds of Hope packets will be distributed to villagers in the southeastern African nation to help them add different crops rich in vitamins and minerals to their diet.
“Each garden will feed six to eight people and provide seed stock for the next year’s planting,” said Dawn Edwards, the VSLS program coordinator for the activity.
According to a United Nations report, the Republic of Malawi is ranked in the bottom 20 of the world’s least developed countries. The landlocked country of 16 million people is a largely agricultural-based economy. Life expectancy in this, one of the poorest countries, is just 54 years.
-- Robert S. Godlewski
Photo by Mouna Vadlamudi
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