SAN DIEGO -- One seed can change lives.
Yes, just one seed can help someone who is struggling with HIV in an underdeveloped nation learn how to cultivate their own food and preserve their health.
Development In Gardening (DIG) is a grass-roots non-profit started in San Diego by co-founders Steve Bolinger and Sarah Koch, both Returned Peace Corp Volunteers. The organization provides volunteers with the supplies they need to plant community gardens at HIV hospitals and clinics throughout the world.
The Reap Life DIG event on Thursday, April 28, at Eden in Hillcrest is an opportunity for San Diegans to show their support by taking part in a fun and philanthropic night of DIG garden inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. General admission is $25 and VIP admission is $125.
The cost of one VIP admission will sponsor a DIG family garden in Zambia or Kenya, organizers say.
The proceeds from the Eden event will help DIG complete two large orphanage projects in Kenya. Once completed, these gardens will supply 320 students with a healthy lunch every day and another 60 orphaned students impacted by HIV will receive three meals a day from the garden.
DIG and the World Health Organization recognize that nutrition plays a significant role in slowing the progression of HIV to AIDS. Proper nutrition helps boost the immune system while replenishing vitamins and minerals in the body. Without DIG programs, many of the clinics were not able to provide any fruits or vegetables in their patients’ meals. Thanks to DIG some gardens are now producing as much as 880 pounds of fresh produce each month.
DIG volunteers provide the communities with the knowledge and skills necessary to build and maintain sustainable growth in their gardens. The projects also assist with nutritional education and information on how to best utilize the vegetables that are grown.
“This is an opportunity to give back. Teaching people in developing parts of the world sustainable meathods is a gift that translates into an education that grows with each person,” said David Maddy, board chairman for DIG.
The Reap Life DIG event will be from 6 to 9 pm Thursday, April 28, at Eden. To purchase tickets go HERE or call (619) 218-0018 for more information.