SEED

SEED Programs

SEED International began in 2005, serving approximately 50 individuals, with only two staff and two volunteers. The organization has grown to serve more than 4,500 people with twelve staff, two volunteers, and over 50 international visitors and part time volunteers. Many thousands more have benefited from SEED programs indirectly as health indicators improve, incomes rise, education levels increase and agricultural practices improve in Kabala town and the surrounding villages. These grassroots, community-based initiatives have helped transform parts of the Koinadugu District, one of the poorest districts in one of the least developed countries in the world.

SEED International has five program areas:
Health Program
Micro-finance and Income Generation Program
Education Program
Creative Arts Initiative
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Program
Humanitarian Relief Program

HEALTH PROGRAM

The NarSarah Clinic screens and diagnoses over 4,000 patients per year. As a part of the primary health care program, Peacemaker, the Health Program Officer, and Finah, Midwife and Asst. Health Program Officer disburse medication, provide injections, and perform minor surgeries. They refer more serious cases to a suitable nearby medical center. Peacemaker also coordinates the referral of all fistula patients for further treatment in the town of Bo.

The clinic also offers HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, and sensitization in addition to general community health education on essential topics such as hygiene and disease prevention. After hours, on-call nurses are available for emergency health care services. The work is certainly around the clock, but Peacemaker, Finah and other NarSarah staff are incredibly dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of the poor in rural Sierra Leone.

In addition to the primary health care clinic and referral services, NarSarah staff provide several other services including: weekly maternal clinic, pre-and post-natal care, family planning and deliveries. The weekly under-five and children’s health care clinic offers immunizations and growth monitoring.
 

MICRO-FINANCE AND INCOME GENERATION PROGRAM

SEED International has several projects including WAP (Women Against Poverty) and the Amputee/War Wounded Camps, which focus specifically on the economic advancement of people in the Koinadugu District.

The Women Against Poverty Micro-finance Program offers micro-loans to over thirty women who have organized themselves into skill-based cooperatives in a bid to improve their economic status. SEED manages and provides support to these income-generating cooperative. These self-sustaining groups include: tie-ding, tailoring, weaving, basket making, and agriculture.

SEED also manages a micro-finance program for the Amputee and War Wounded Association in Kabala. In 2007 almost all of the residents of the local amputee camp were beggars. Within one year, after receiving micro loans, no one was begging any more. They had all started small business, buying and selling food goods, small shops, tailoring, weaving, or started their own farm (large garden). The men and women are incredibly enthusiastic about the loans that have helped them start and improve their businesses in weaving, trade stores (a small shop) and agriculture. These micro-loans and income generation projects work with a small number of people in a way that contributes to development in the community at large.
 

EDUCATION PROGRAM

Recognizing that education lies at the core of all long-term development, SEED International manages and supports educational services to both youth and adults living in Kabala. The Hope Scholarship Fund provides free tuition, textbooks, school supplies and registration for more than twenty high-need secondary school students, including orphans and children of amputees. The scholarship also provides financial assistance to several female primary school pupils among the children of amputees and war wounded.

In addition to the Hope Scholarship Program, SEED has supported an adult literacy and mathematics course serving Women Against Poverty and other community members. SEED staff has helped facilitate the construction of schools in the Koinadugu District with the volunteer work teams from other organizations.

SEED’s Creative Arts Initiative will foster creative thinking and self-confidence to young women in Kabala, Sierra Leone by providing them with the tools - writing, photography, music, and filmmaking -and resources needed to express themselves creatively. Through a number of small arts workshops offered throughout the school year and summer, CAI’s aim is to foster creative thinking and reading and the arts, and encourage the girls to use their creativity in ways that will uplift their community. Click here to read more about SEED's newest Creative Arts Initiative.

In the spring 2010, SEED will launch a Pilot Program at a school in Kabala, which will give the CAI staff the chance to introduce themselves and the program ideals to the Kabala community. We will spend time learning the strengths of the program as well as what improvements must be made as it grows in size and scope.
 

AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY PROGRAM

SEED International collaborates with villages and community groups to bring about economic development through agriculturally based initiatives. The Bendugu Agricultural Cooperative includes 100 acres of land, which was donated to SEED in 2006. SEED provided the initial agricultural inputs, including tools and seedlings, to support the cultivation of oil palm, cassava and groundnuts. In exchange, the community sets aside a third of each harvest to support the operations of the NarSarah Clinic. More land will continue to be cultivated as the project expands.

SEED has acquired five female cows through the support of Over Drive Solutions in Rhode Island. These cows are raised for milk, meat and to be work-oxen. Before the cows, all farming was done by hand, which inhibited the amount of workable land, and also did not provide enough food for families. With the work-oxen, the land area for cultivation increases and therefore food production increases. Additionally, 100% of the profit, after the start up cost, goes to the NarSarah Clinic.

The Women Against Poverty Agricultural Program trains women in agriculture, which includes teaching how to plant and cultivate, harvest, care for the soil, rotate crops, etc. being expanded to include five town lots along Ismaia Road in Kabala. SEED will hire an agricultural trainer to work with the women throughout the coming year to empower the women to improve their agricultural skills as they develop a sustainable source of income.



INFORMATION

If you would like any more information on any of SEED’s programs please email seed@seed-narsarah.org

DONATIONS
If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation to any of SEED’s programs, please send it to

SEED
9 Exeter Court
East Windsor, New Jersey, 08520

Donations not designated will be placed in the General Fund for use where the need is the greatest.