‘2015 Seed Gardens’ has been identified as the 2011 flagship program of the Seed Institute. The Seed Institute is a charitable organization whose mission is to inform, inspire and mobilize community members to take action against poverty.
The Seed Institute works with others to achieve its objectives. Its program work has been affiliated to the Global Call to Action against Poverty, Fair Play for Africa, Kenya ni Wajibu Wangu, and the Poverty Hearings.
The Global Call to Action against Poverty (www.whiteband.org) is a growing alliance of civil society organizations, trade unions and faith based organizations working to challenge the structures that perpetuate poverty. Together with the United Nations Millennium Campaign, GCAP organized and broke Guinness Book of World Record Challenges for the highest number of people to ever stand up in a single coordinated action for four years in a low between 2006 and 2009.
Fair Play for Africa(www.fairplayforafrica.org) is a new Pan African campaign formed around the first ever FIFA World Cup on African soil, the 2010 FIFA World Cup In South Africa. The campaign uses sports to campaign achievement of health related MDGs.
Kenya ni Wajibu Wangu is a governance reforms outreach program using road shows. It is designed to use music, drama and pictures taken during the post election violence in Kenya to inculcate a sense of personal responsibility amongst Kenyans in reforming the nation.
Institute has partnered with the African monitor (www.africanmonitor.org) and the Embassy of Finland Since 2008 to conduct a series of poverty hearings and score cards. The overall aim of the hearings and the score cards has been to create a platform for community members to present to a team of commissioners testimonials of their experiences with poverty and efforts to improve their living conditions. These voices were relayed to the policy makers. GCAP helped to present the voices in international summits such as the AU and UN MDGs summit.
Selection of 2015 Seed Gardens as a flag ship program has been informed by the works carried out by the Seed Institute within these affiliations. During the poverty hearings, people presented their testimonials with a lot of dignity. Those who spoke to us clearly told us they do not want charity, they want to be given a chance to eke out a living for themselves.
The success of our 2010 policy campaigns with GCAP and Fair Play for Afrtica at the national and global levels was a direct result of the link with the poverty hearings. We simply brought the voices of the people to the table.
Lessons learn from the link between poverty hearings and the policy campaigns have driven us to 2015SG- a community based program upon which we shall base our 2011 social transformation campaign.