We Honor Earth Day Today and All Year Round

Today is Earth Day, a day to open up some very important conversations regarding the responsibilities and commitments we all have to take on, for the future of our planet. From solar panels to aquaponics, we are working to make sure that our projects not only help children, but help care for planet Earth.

aquaponics

In Honduras, we have an aquaponics project. Aquaponics is a sustainable food system, which uses traditional aquaculture (the raising of fish) in combination with hydroponics (raising plants in water). By raising tilapia in a symbiotic environment that also grows vegetables in the water, a complete sustainable ecosystem is formed… as the farm breeds tilapia while the veggies grow in the surrounding pond, and the pond then fertilizes the farm. And aquaponics uses only a fraction of the water that traditional farming uses! Learn more about how we feed 27 children fish and produce in a sustainable way.

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In Kenya, we recently replaced over 40 traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs. Did you know that by simply switching to LED bulbs, you can save over 90% of a current energy bill. LED bulbs also last 20 times longer than normal light bulbs, which means less waste and less pollution from the manufacturing, packaging and shipping of light bulbs. In addition to helping the environment, this project also saves money, on energy bills which goes towards the improving the quality of life for 70 children. Find out how these eco-friendly lightbulbs are changing lives.

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Also in Kenya, we have two greenhouse projects and have another in the works. Greenhouses are a great way to grow plants all year round, without using electrical heat. By growing your own vegetables, you cut down on the pollution caused by transporting produce to supermarkets. Also, by not using harmful, polluting chemicals, we can keep feeding children without harming Mother Earth. Check out our latest greenhouse project.

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We will continue to create sustainable projects and to honor our mission of caring for the environment, while working to improve lives around the world. How are you going to go green today?

 

TBT in Honduras

Here’s an uplifting #tbt for you! We loved visiting our friends at the Hogar de Amor Home in Honduras a few years ago. The kids that live at the home are just like kids everywhere- they love to play, laugh and enjoy life with their friends. We’ve since continued to work with them with our aquaponics project, which has helped improve their nutrition and saved the home money, which is invested back in the kids! #tbt #throwback #honduras #children #kids #smile #uplifting #laughter #play #jumprope #skills #joy #fullheart #bepresent #livejoyfully #happiness #presence #jumpforjoy #aquaponics

What a difference a few years make! This #tbt is from our 2013 trip to setup the aquaponics tilapia farm in Honduras! Since then, the Hogar de Amor home has grown hundreds of tilapia and their tanks are currently filled to the brim with fish. This project saves the home money that they would otherwise spend buying healthy fish and veggies in the market, and they use the money saved to pay for their security guard who keeps the home and children safe, a necessary need in the volatile country. 

Fun Fact Friday! The average Tilapia weighs 5 pounds. Our tilapia from our Aquaponics farm in Honduras grow as big as 6 pounds, enough to feed 12 children! This project is elevating the quality of nutrition for the 21 kids at the home, providing the necessary protein so they can grow healthy. #aquaponics #eco #farm #fresh #healthy #healthyliving #sustainable #impact #honduras #nutrition #protein #foodie

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