Distribution of school uniforms in Malanti

A wonderful initiative was recently launched near Malanti: the distribution of school uniforms to underprivileged children in local schools. The aim is to help families in difficulty and ensure that all children can go to school in a country where … Read More

Filling the trays in the Rufisque garden

Joseph, who is in charge of the Rufisque garden, has prepared a mixture of compost and potting soil to fill the trays in the new vegetable garden structures. It’s a team effort that’s much appreciated by the children, who love … Read More

Traversine Bercy Radish seedling

It’s Friday, the last day of the week before the weekend! So it’s time for some special care for the garden, which will spend the weekend on its own. The children from the Bercy school helped us to water and … Read More

Traversine Bercy The garden on the Bercy roof terrace has been installed !

This day has arrived! We’ve finished assembling the garden on the roof terrace of the Bercy nursery school.All the structures are in place. All that’s left is for nature to do its work (and us too)!

Maintenance of tomato plants in the Traversine Bercy garden with a pupil from the Bercy school.

The tomatoes sown with the children from the Bercy elementary and nursery schools were able to be transplanted into the greenhouse and benefit from the ideal sunshine of the school’s roof terrace. Since they were placed in the tubs, they … Read More

Traversine Bercy planters maintenance

This Wednesday, exceptionally, we only had one pupil from Bercy elementary school, as the children were on a field trip. She was very committed and helped us water, weed and take care of the garden. We’re particularly pleased with the … Read More

The animals at Levi’s Nek Farm

Every day, the young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm take it in turns to look after the animals. The hens are now fed on the farm’s self-produced maize meal. The sheep graze during the day and return to the farm … Read More

Preparing new plots at Levi’s Nek

Plot by plot, the young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm optimise the space available for cultivation. They work with local farmers for the first ploughing, using cattle to pull the ploughing tools. The grelinette, an 80 cm wide spade, a … Read More

Construction of a second greenhouse at Levi’s Nek, Lesotho

The young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm, who are deaf and hard of hearing, are building a second greenhouse as an extension to the first. This will give them a covered area of 400m2 for market gardening. This space will … Read More

First plantings in the greenhouse at Levi’s Nek, Lesotho

After preparing the growing beds, the young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm had the pleasure of planting their nursery-prepared lettuce plants. These plants, grown from seeds supplied by our partner Agrosemens, will benefit from a protected space during the southern … Read More

Planting onions in the Traversine Bercy garden

Children from the Bercy nursery school have planted shallot bulbs to start filling the containers around the star in the Traversine Villiot garden.Other vegetables will follow, to create a concentrated vegetable garden in this sunny spot in the heart of … Read More

Assembly of the Traversine Bercy star-shaped bin

The Traversine Bercy has been given a new design following its relocation in 2021 due to a problem with seepage on the roof! The mandala has been replaced by a star-shaped planter, surrounded by 4 angled planters placed between each … Read More

Filling containers with leaves, Traversine Bercy, Paris

To reduce the weight of the planters, dead leaves from the schoolyard were collected and composted over a period of 2 years and placed at the bottom of the planter to create a rich, light substrate before planting the soil. … Read More

Niebe harvest at Levi’s Nek Farm – Lesotho

The young residents of Levi’s Nek had the opportunity to try their hand at growing cowpeas, a bean that is highly prized in West Africa for its leaves and seeds. Dried beans are widely consumed in southern Africa, so the … Read More

Extension of the Rufisque Garden

At the request of the school, which has noted the success of the Rufisque vegetable garden, we are extending the garden to increase the production of vegetables for the kitchen and involve more children, particularly the younger ones in nursery … Read More

Planting aromatic plants on the terrace of the Traversine Bercy – Paris

A new stage in the construction of the garden at the Traversine Bercy, with the installation of the herb garden. The little gardeners from the Bercy nursery helped to fill the containers, and had the pleasure of transplanting sage, chives, … Read More

Assembling the trays for the Traversine Bercy terrace

It’s assembly time ! Once all the materials have been reassembled on the roof, installation can begin. The Douglas fir boards have been pre-cut to size according to the new garden plans. Once the boards have been screwed in place, … Read More

Transplanting young seedlings in the greenhouse on the Traversine terrace

In anticipation of the Traversine’s return to the school’s roof terrace, seedlings were sown in class with the children from the Bercy nursery school.This gave them a heated space in which to grow. To ensure that they continue to grow, … Read More

Outdoor activities at Halfway House in Roosboom, South Africa

The Halfway House is a place for children to relax and enjoy themselves after school every day. They can enjoy outdoor games as well as board games inside the house, in addition to the daily meals they are served.These happy … Read More

Preparation of the cultivation beds in Levi’s Nek Farm greenhouse.

The greenhouse at Levi’s Nek Farm is now up and running! In order to get the greenhouse operational without delay, the young residents set about installing the growing beds inside. To do this, they applied the principle of permaculture and … Read More

Tree growth on the Garden of Skills’ cultivation beds

The trees in the Garden of Skills have started to grow and are now approaching 1 metre in height. In a year’s time, they should reach 3 metres and start providing shade for the crops while fertilising the soil on … Read More

Planting chives in the Garden of Skills community garden

While waiting for the seedlings to be ready for transplanting, the Garden of Skills team gave chive plants to the women who will be benefiting from the new community garden. Each woman will place them on her three growing beds. … Read More

The Garden of Skills’ turmeric plants are in flower!

The Garden of Skills’ turmeric plants are in flower!Soon the tubers will be ready to be harvested underground, to be used to flavour the dishes cooked for the women who benefit from the garden.

Garden maintenance with the children of the HalfWay House

The children from the Halfway House work on the vegetable garden with the centre’s gardener and two carers, Lulu and Fisani.

Extension of the Garden of Skills

The Designing Hope association and its local partner Fundzisa Live approached the community of Malanti about extending the Garden of Skills to invite women from the community to set up individual plots. The community responded favourably to this request, and … Read More

Preparing seedlings with the children of Halfway House in Roosboom – South Africa

The children play an active role in maintaining the garden that provides the vegetables for their daily meals. Today, they planted seedlings that will soon enrich the vegetable garden.

Maize shredding at Levi’s Nek Farm – Lesotho

A shredder has been purchased to equip the farm of the young deaf and hard-of-hearing residents, enabling them to transform the harvested maize stalks into feed for their poultry. The youngsters  had the ingenious idea of using the grinder to … Read More

Collaboration with the Emmanuel Health Centre, Levi’s Nek – Lesotho

A local health centre, located near the Levi’s Nek farm, has been approached with the aim of developing links with the deaf young residents of the farm. A counsellor from the hospital, currently based at the clinic, will take part … Read More

Donation of uniforms to the Emmanuel Health Centre, Levi’s Nek – Lesotho.

The Parisian atelier Keit has generously donated medical uniforms to the association Designing Hope for distribution to its various African partners. The association gave the medical staff at the Levi’s Nek health centre the opportunity to choose an outfit from … Read More

St Paul School and the “Palisa” Garden

The six young students from St Paul’s School are responsible for the maintenance of the ‘Palisa’ garden. The garden has been divided into four sections. Each class at St Paul’s is responsible for maintaining one part of the garden, once … Read More

Visit of the workshop at Levi’s Nek Farm – Lesotho

The workshop at Levi’s Nek Farm is now fully equipped, allowing the young residents to make themselves everything they need for the farm. For example, to build their greenhouse, they made a metal ladder, which they were able to weld … Read More

Preparing winter seedlings in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

Fesile presents the seedlings sown in the greenhouse as the southern winter approaches.The seeds were selected from the organic seed catalogue of agrosemens, a partner of Designing Hope.

Potato planting in the Traversine Villiot garden with children from CLAJE

This afternoon, children from the Paris Anim centre (CLAJE) came to the Traversine Villiot garden for a potato planting activity. Potatoes are easy for children to plant: all they have to do is put a tuber in the ground, which … Read More

Seedlings with children at Roosboom

The children at Halfway House in Roosboom are taking good care of their seedlings, taking turns watering them every day. There’s still a few days to wait before they can be planted in the vegetable garden…

Maintenance of the greenhouse at Half Way House in Roosboom.

The greenhouse is an important part of the garden at HalfWay House in Roosboom.  It allows nurseries to be set up sheltered from direct sunlight, and protects certain crops from invasions of locusts and grasshoppers.  The children also help the gardener … Read More

Redevelopment of the Traversine on the roof of the Bercy nursery school

After three years of work, the roof of the kindergarten is once again available to the Designing Hope association. The installation of the Traversine garden in its new configuration began with the re-installation of the little house-shaped greenhouses, so popular … Read More

Fencing around the pasture at Levi’s Nek farm, Lesotho

The young residents of Levi’s Nek farm have started to put up the fence around the farm’s pasture. This area of over a hectare is situated high above the farmhouse, on the edge of the forest. The fence will enable … Read More

Children of Roosboom take care of the flower shape Mandala garden

The children at Halfway House and the centre’s gardener take great care of the flower-shaped Mandala vegetable garden.Before winter, tagetes, cabbage and spinach remain on the petals.

Setting up the greenhouse at Levi’s Nek farm – Lesotho

Following the successful construction of a 300 m² greenhouse at the Saint-Paul School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Leribe, the young residents of Levi’s Nek have embarked on the construction of two other structures, each measuring 200 … Read More

Coverage of the greenhouse – Levis Nek

After installing the wooden poles, metal rods and ropes, the young people proceeded to cover the greenhouses with a sun-resistant textile, providing protection against the scorching rays of the sun and heavy seasonal rains in southern Africa. This textile was … Read More

Setting up the greenhouse at Levi’s Nek farm – Lesotho

After setting the vertical poles in cement, the young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm position the horizontal metal rods and wires that will support the fabric covering the greenhouse.

Vegetable domino game with children from the Handiscole school in Rufisque

Among the games available to children at the Rufisque school, the vegetable domino game is particularly popular. The children have to find the vegetables corresponding to their coloured board. They then have to sort the vegetables by size on their … Read More

Games with the children of the Handiscole school in Rufisque

Designing Hope has provided educational games based around vegetables, which are particularly popular with the children at the Rufisque school. Joseph is in charge of these classroom activities, as well as working directly on the school roof to water and … Read More

Maintaining the garden with the children of the Handiscole school in Rufisque

Several times a week, children from the Handiscole school in Rufisque help to maintain the vegetable garden installed by Designing Hope on the school’s roof terrace. Joseph, the gardener, accompanies the children along with their teachers.

Two herb tables for Rufisque nursery schools

A second terrace has been added to the Rufisque garden.  For the moment, it includes two seedling tables dedicated to herbs, soon to be supplemented by additional modules.

Distribution of food parcels to Piggs Peak hospital

Every month, Designing Hope and its local partner Fundzisa Live distribute food parcels to the most vulnerable HIV-positive patients treated at Piggs Peak Hospital. They benefit from this programme for 6 months, in order to strengthen their natural defences.

Fencing around the pasture at Levi’s Nek farm, Lesotho

The young residents of Levi’s Nek farm have started to put up the fence around the farm’s pasture. This area of over a hectare is situated high above the farmhouse, on the edge of the forest. The fence will enable … Read More

Sowing seeds with the Paris Anim’ centre (CLAJE)

This Wednesday afternoon, the children from the Paris Anim centre (CLAJE) came to the Traversine de Villiot garden for a sowing activity. We provided them with mini greenhouses, composed of a equipped with a water reserve, a seedling tray and … Read More

Sowing with children from Bercy school

The children at Bercy primary schools planted tomatoes, okra, cowpeas and kale. They have completed four mini greenhouses, each with two different varieties to diversify the planting. Their mission is not just a one-off one, but a recurring one, as … Read More

Setting up the Dawady greenhouse, Senegal

With the support of The Ivory Foundation, a 200m2 greenhouse has been installed in the Dawady community vegetable garden. The greenhouse will enable the 150 women who contribute to the garden to produce seedlings together, and will also enable local … Read More

Presentation of leaflets on nutrition to the women of Ndioum, Senegal

A series of manuals on nutrition, published by The Ivory Foundation, has been distributed to the gardens funded by The Ivory Foundation in Senegal. The manuals stress the importance of a balanced diet, and encourage women to grow a variety … Read More

Visit of the Ndioum’s garden

Ndioum is one of the 20 villages visited by Bala’s mobile team in eastern Senegal. The Ivory Foundation financed the creation of a shared vegetable garden for the women of the village. This plot has been fenced off to protect … Read More

The Moringa of Bala

On the Bala seed farm, a new agroforestry technique has been introduced outside the greenhouse. It involves creating growing corridors surrounded by Morigna trees, planted in rows and trimmed to form a hedge. These corridors are 4 metres wide and … Read More

Seed production on the Bala farm, eastern Senegal.

Abdhouramane, manager of the Bala seed farm, tells us about the crops grown in the greenhouse: aubergines, turnips, lettuces, onions… the greenhouse combines several species, but in a single variety to preserve the varietal purity of the species selected by … Read More

The workshop at Levi’s Nek farm

The construction of a workshop has been launched to provide the young residents of Levi’s Nek farm with a workspace and a place to store their equipment. Once up and running, this workshop will enable the deaf and hard-of-hearing young … Read More

Management of the garden at St Paul’s school

The six young students of the St Paul’s school pilot farm are looking after the cabbage and spinach grown in the greenhouse, which will soon be used by the kitchen to provide meals for the pupils. At the same time, … Read More

Vegetable color family game with children from Bercy school

This Wednesday, February 14th, the children at Bercy school played a board game that challenges their memory and cooperation: the vegetable colour families game! The game includes 7 vegetable colours, with 6 vegetables per colour, making 42 cards in duplicate. … Read More

Okra seeds harvest on Rufisque garden

Joseph, the gardener at the Rufisque school, harvested an excellent crop of okra this year. Following a training course organized with The Ivory Foundation, he harvested the best fruits, dried them and extracted the seeds. The seeds used were organic … Read More

Growing Milpa on the Levi’s Nek farm – Lesotho

After planting maize on one of their plots, the young people at Levi’s Nek farm are now sowing climbing bean seeds at the foot of the maize plants that have already grown. They use the Milpa technique, which involves combining … Read More

Discovery of a new board game

Today, the children at Bercy primary schools discovered an exciting new board game. It’s called Clover! In this game, they have to use their creativity and logic to find combinations of vegetables and fruit. Each card they place on their … Read More

Preparing bread at Levi’s Nek Farm

At Levi’s Nek, the division of tasks between the young residents works perfectly well! Damane is the group’s baker, and twice a week he prepares bread for the 10 residents of the farm. The bread is baked in a pan … Read More

Transplanting strawberry plants, sweet potatoes and Chya on Levi’s Nek Farm, Lesotho

Exchanges of experience between projects in southern Africa also take the form of exchanges of plants and seeds. For example, the women from the Garden of Skills have given sweet potato plants, strawberry runners and Chya cuttings to the young … Read More

Landscaping around Levi’s Nek Farm, Lesotho

An herb garden has been created at the entrance to the farm, using stones salvaged from old buildings to create a terraced garden and steps to access the garden. Aromatic herbs and medicinal plants were purchased from a nursery in … Read More

Harvesting Chya leaves, Garden of Skills, Eswatini

Chya is a shrub from Mexico that was imported to Africa because of its resistance to drought and its higher nutritional value than most other leafy vegetables such as spinach, Chinese cabbage and amaranth. It is a good source of … Read More

Inauguration of the Christmas Tipi of the Villiot garden

The tipi in the Traversine Villiot garden was decked out with plant decorations made by children from the Bercy school, nursery school, creche and Paris Anim centre. Mrs Emanuelle Pierre-Marie, Mayor of the 12th arrondissement, came to inaugurate our Christmas … Read More

Planting broad beans and peas with Bercy’s nursery school children

This December, despite the cold, the kindergarten children planted broad bean and pea seeds, which are particularly suited to the winter season.These seeds are ideal for very young children, as they are easy to handle, given their size.After planting the … Read More

Making ivy garlands for the Christmas teepee.

During the summer, the tipi in the Villiot garden is covered with climbing beans and squash. With no vegetation left over the winter, we decided to bring it back to life by transforming it into a Christmas tree! We organised … Read More

Painting bread apples for the “Christmas Tipi” of Villiot Garden

Designing Hope has mobilised all the children who benefit from the Villiot garden to transform the potager’s tepee into a Christmas tree. This morning, 8 children from the Villiot crèche contributed to the project by decorating bread apples with red … Read More

Sowing broad beans in the traversine Villiot garden

Broad beans are one of the few crops that have to be sown in late autumn.Their large seeds are easy for the children to plant, and in a few days they will be able to see the shoots emerge…Another advantage … Read More

Composting with children from the Villiot nursery school

This morning, the children from the nursery school arrived with their compost buckets. Enthusiastically, they put the peelings in our dedicated wooden bin. Then they went to pick up some leaves to add to the compost. Using a stick, they … Read More

Dawady’s outlying gardens

Malik and Abdhouramane, Dawady’s two gardeners, are tasked with visiting the shared gardens run by women in 5 outlying villages. They travel to the bush by motorbike every month to monitor the needs of these gardens…

Construction of the new workshop on the Levi’s Nek farm

The latest phase in the development of the Levi’s Nek farm is the construction of a 6×3 metre workshop, close to the other buildings.This workshop includes an enclosed storeroom for tools and animal feed, and a covered area where young people can work with wood or … Read More

Watering the garden in Rufisque, Senegal

Children from Handiscole’s inclusive Petits Princes school in Rufisque help Joseph, the gardener, to water the vegetable garden installed on the roof of the school by Dessine l’Espoir. It’s a relaxing moment for the children, who enjoy tending the garden as the … Read More

New work outfits !

The women of the Garden of Skills now wear work outfits created in the center’s sewing workshop. These unique jackets bear the Porte-Bonheurs flower. The patterns and design were created by Keit, our sewing project partner. The garden team stands … Read More

TeenGi watering with children at Malanti

Watering the garden with the nursery children has become a regular and popular activity. Under the supervision of Tolaklele, a member of the garden team, and Ncobizwe, head of the creche, the children play an active role in maintaining the … Read More

Blackcurrant cuttings at Traversine Villiot

The end of winter is the perfect time to take cuttings.So, with the help of the Claje children, we pruned the blackcurrant bush in the Traversine Villiot garden.Children with balconies were able to take a pot home with them, with the promise … Read More

Sowing broad beans with CLAJE children at Traversine Villiot

Broad beans are one of the few crops that have to be sown in late autumn. Their large seeds are easy for the children to plant, and in a few days they will be able to see the shoots emerge…Another … Read More

The Silethithemba team dressed by the Garden of Skills sewing workshop.

Fisani and Lulu were able to try on their work jacket and trousers made by the team at the Garden of Skills sewing workshop in Eswatini. The made-to-measure workwear bears the logo of the local association that runs the Halfway House in Roosboom. A … Read More

Set up of the nursery at Malanti

A nursery has been set up for the children of women in training. Thanks to the support of the AA Ulmann Foundation, this facility enables the women to engage fully in a professional activity or training program, while providing a … Read More

Germination test on old seeds

To carry out a test protocol on seeds to ensure that they have retained their germinative germinative properties, you can work on twenty seeds, sown in pots. The seed packets and plates are identified. All the seeds with a good germination rate can then be sown immediately on a … Read More

Preparing the beds at Roosboom

The beds in the garden at Halfway House in Roosboom have been redesigned by the gardener in charge of the kitchen garden. They are now ready for spring planting, and to benefit from the arrival of the first rains after … Read More

Game about the vegetables at Roosboom

Children enthusiastically play the games developed by Dessine l’Espoir around vegetables from the kitchen garden. These fun and educational activities enable youngsters to discover the world of vegetables in an interactive and entertaining way. Thanks to these games, they learn … Read More

Outdoor play at Roosboom

The children at Roosboom enjoy playing outside on the large lawn at Half Way House after lunch, while others water the garden with the centre’s gardener.

Vegetable life memory game at Rooseboom

The youngsters at the Half Way House in Rooseboom were able to try out the new game launched by the association, which completes the transgardens catalogue for educational games in all the gardens run by Dessine l’Espoir and The Ivory … Read More

New growing beds at Yagma

The gardeners at Yagma have put in place new planting beds following the end of the rainy season. The seedlings planted in October and November will benefit from a milder climate to reach maturity before the very hot weather starts in March.

Dismantling the stone house on the farm

In Lesotho, it is not uncommon for a landowner to want the house built on the plot of land he is selling back.The materials salvaged (stones, tin roof, window, door) will be used to rebuild the house elsewhere…This was the case … Read More

Ride to the top of Levi’s Nek mountain with the Farm’s young residents

Levi’s Nek farm is located in an exceptional natural setting, at the foot of a small hill that gives absolutely no hint of the exceptional view that can be enjoyed from its summit.The young people on the farm collect dead wood on … Read More

Metal workshop with deaf and hearing-impaired children from Levi’s Nek farm in Lesotho

The young deaf and dumb farmers  were trained in metalwork. They were able to make the 12 bed frames for their dormitory, as well as the tables and shelves needed to fit out the farm. This skill is an asset that … Read More

Extension of the Levi’s Nek farm

With the support of The Ivory Foundation, a new plot of land has just been acquired to extend the farm.This plot is modest in size, but essential for the future of the project, as it can be built on.It will be dedicated … Read More

Meal at the farm

The Levi’s Nek farm has 2 dormitories and a shared living room where young people share their meals.The youths take it in turns to prepare their meals. They have got into the habit of cooking balanced meals for themselves, with … Read More

The animals at Levi’s Nek farm

A new species of indigenous hen has been introduced to the Levi’s Nek farm, and they are impressive for their size and plumage. They are also capable of laying large eggs, which are highly prized on the local market.The presence of several males … Read More

Making metal shelves for Levi’s Nek farm

Using off-cuts from the boards used for the beds, large shelves were designed to fit out the workshop and the storage room for seeds and feed for the farm animals.The aim was also, as part of the metal training offered … Read More

Board game evenings at Levi’s Nek

The youngsters at Levi’s Nek have taken a liking to board games. Dominoes, triominoes, uno – they’ve discovered this activity recently, and are enjoying this relaxing time together.

Making a workbench and metal tables

One of the first objects made during the metal training course organised by Cyrille Varet at Levi’s Nek farm for The Ivory Foundation was a workbench, the starting point for designing all the objects the woman will need…  Other tables will follow, a sideboard … Read More

Painting of metal furniture by young residents of Levi’s Nek farm

While the young people on the Levi’s Nek farm may have unequal skills and potential, there is a constant desire on the part of the group for everyone to be involved in the farm’s activities.The strongest prepare the soil, while the weakest … Read More

Setting up the tree nursery at Levi’s Nek

The Ivory Foundation has provided the Levi’s Nek farm with grid seedling trays. These are modular, and can offer either 5cm or 10cm cells depending on the plants.

Seed production in the Yagma garden in Burkina Faso

Gardeners at the Yagma school have set up a nursery using seeds supplied by Agrosemens. The seeds are intended for seed production, according to a protocol developed during regional training organised by The Ivory Foundation with its seed partner Agrosemens in Senegal. The seedlings were … Read More

Extension of the canteen at Yagma school, suburb of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The canteen at Yagma school was financed by The Ivory Foundation along with the surrounding agroforestry garden in 2017. This year, the Fund has financed its extension to provide the children with a refectory where they can have lunch sheltered from the … Read More

First plantings on the beds at Levi’s Nek farm

The young farmers on the Levi’s Nek farm have planted their first vegetable seedlings on the beds they have prepared near their home. These local beds will be planted with a variety of vegetables for the young people’s daily diet. Field crops will … Read More

Keyhole of the Traversine Villiot garden

The Traversine Villiot garden now has a new feature: a keyhole garden. It features a central composter, whose decomposing elements will feed the circular growing tray that surrounds it. This is a new educational space for the children who visit the garden every week.

Installation of a keyhole of the Traversine Villiot garden

Keyhole of the Traversine Villiot gardenThe Traversine Villiot garden now has a new feature: a keyhole garden.It features a central composter, whose decomposing elements will feed the circular growing tray that surrounds it.This is a new educational space for the … Read More

Preparing the planting beds at Levi’s Nek farm

The young people take possession of the Levi’s Nek farm at the end of the southern winter, which is cold and dry in Lesotho (temperatures can drop to -4 degrees). So it’s time to start preparing the beds for the market garden crops that will … Read More

Construction of the Levi’s Nek farm office – Lesotho

Levi’s Nek farm includes a house for the farm manager, with a separate office for farm administration, as well as an apartment for him to live in next to the youth dormitory.

Delivery of mattresses for the children’s dormitory

The Ivory Foundation has been supporting St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2015.This year, the Fund gave a boost to the school, which is struggling to secure financial support from the Ministry of Education, and financed the … Read More

Manure collection from a neighbor farm

The Levi’s Nek farm and the project it represents are beginning to be known by the surrounding community.The farm manager, with the support of the village chief, took the initiative of contacting the neighbours to present the farm and its objectives. Thanks … Read More

Shared meal at Levi’s Nek Farm

The young residents of Levi’s Nek Farm share their meal on the large table in the living room adjoining the two dormitories in the accommodation block built for them on the farm. Starch, vegetable sauce and chicken from the farm are on the … Read More

Feeding the sheep at Levi’s Nek farm

As they do every day, the youngsters at Levi’s Nek farm are in charge of feeding the sheep and hens.The hens’ pen will be opened first to allow them to feed themselves first, before their big neighbours the sheep are fed in turn…

Board game evening at Levi’s Nek Farm

Every evening, the young people at Levi’s Nek farm like to gather around the large table in the lounge at the entrance to the dormitories to play board games.

Mastering metalwork, an asset for running the farm

The main principle of the Levi’s Nek farm is to give the deaf and hard-of-hearing youths who run it the opportunity to be independent, to acquire as many skills as possible so that they are able to meet all their day-to-day needs … Read More

A farm surrounded by the mountains of Lesotho and South Africa

Levi’s Nek farm is nestled between several mountains. There’s nothing like climbing them to get a bird’s eye view of the farm, with its ploughed-up fields ready for planting.

Levi’s Nek farm youngsters around the fire

The young people at Levi’s Nek have got into the habit of preparing a fire every morning and evening.They use it to keep warm in winter, but there is always a pot on the fire, either to heat water for washing (despite … Read More

Bread-making at Levi’s Nek farm

The youngsters on the Levi’s Nek farm share the daily tasks involved in farm life.One of these tasks is the preparation of bread. 4 balls of pasta are kneaded by hand and placed in a large covered saucepan, where the bread rises and is then cooked over a … Read More

Improving living conditions for children at the St Paul school for the deaf

The Ivory Foundation has been supporting St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Leribe since 2015. While this support has until now focused mainly on setting up vegetable and animal protein production facilities to feed the … Read More

Inter-project exchange and human collaboration between Lesotho and Eswatini

At the opening ceremony of the farm, we donated the uniforms made by the women of the Garden of Skills in Eswatini to the youths, who were very touched by this gesture, as they had been trained in permaculture by … Read More

Opening ceremony of Levi’s Nek Farm

In order to help the young deaf and hard-of-hearing residents of the farm integrate into the Levi’s Nek community, an inauguration ceremony was organised for the young people, members of their families (some of whom came from very modest backgrounds and lived … Read More

Youngsters from Levi’s Nek farm in their work clothes

At the inauguration of the Levi’s Nek farm, the young people were able to see and try on the complete outfit made for each of them by the women of the Garden of Skills in Eswatini. They were extremely proud … Read More

Bulembu biochar

For almost 10 years now, the biochar burner installed by The Ivory Foundation in Bulembu has been working tirelessly to produce this input that helps retain water and nutrients in the soil, while capturing carbon in an environmentally friendly way. Two people are in … Read More

Useful Insects

The insects By observing insects in nature, one learns a lot about their way of life. Insects known as pests are eaten by other so-called auxiliary insects. Pollinators that forage flowers are essential for the reproduction of many plants and … Read More

Strawberry harvest in Malanti

The women at the Garden of Skills love strawberries, and strawberries really thrive in Eswatini…The small plot dedicated to this crop has been considerably enlarged, thanks to the collection of runners and their transplanting onto new plots. These strawberries are … Read More

Malanti greenhouse maintenance

The Malanti greenhouse provides a protected space for seedlings from the nursery, sown in pots, as well as for a selection of vegetables protected from the sun and insects.

Harvesting vegetables for hospital distribution

The women in charge of the vegetable garden at the Garden of Skills have picked a large harvest to add to the food baskets distributed to hospital patients. Fresh carrots and beetroot will join other vegetables and essentials bought in town for distribution to … Read More

Malanti garden maintenance

The women in charge of the beds in the Garden of Skills put into practice the well-known advice of gardeners: “One hoeing is worth two waterings”. By loosening the upper crust of the soil, the water is able to penetrate … Read More

Carrot harvest in Malanti

Nomvula, head of cultivation at the Garden of Skills in Malanti, harvests carrots to unthicken her beds, entrusting part of the harvest to a disadvantaged young person from the community of Malanti, who receives regular help from the association with donations of … Read More

Maintenance of the Malanti mandala

The Mandala in the Garden of Skills is a concentration of all the species grown in the vegetable garden at the Malanti centre. Located at the entrance, it plays both an aesthetic and educational role. Located close to the vegetable garden, it’s also the ideal … Read More

Building a shelter for the animals at Levi’s Nek farm

The young people at Levi’s Nek farm have begun building a 12-metre-long shelter for the farm’s sheep and chickens. Levi’s Neck farm includes a one-hectare pasture for sheep and, in the near future, cows. This enclosed shelter is only used at night to protect the … Read More

The trellis of the Traversine Villiot garden

The trellis at Traversine Villiot is now entirely covered with mulberry trees! Maintained in this way, they are developing rapidly, with stems reaching up to 4 metres! Enough to provide a shady passageway that is beginning to fill with fruit … Read More

The mandala in the Garden of Skills

The mandala in the Garden of Skills is located at the entrance to the garden, near the kitchen. It includes a sample of the crops grown in the kitchen garden: shallots, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, etc.

Transplanting strawberry runners

The strawberries love the Garden of Skills just as much as the women in the garden love the strawberries…Just the thing… The plants have produced a huge number of runners, which the women have taken care to transplant onto new … Read More

The importance of Yagma’s agroforestry vegetable garden in absorbing excess rainwater

In the Yagma school district, during the rainy season, the massive quantity of rainwater cannot be absorbed by the compact soil of the area, and runs off into pools that have formed in places in the middle of the city, encouraging the … Read More

Yagma under the winter rain

Every year during the rainy season, the Yagma district is flooded with water running down the dirt tracks.Real ephemeral rivers sometimes block the streets. The agroforestry garden at the Yagma school is shown in these photos as an island spared … Read More

Squash harvest in the Yagma garden

During the rainy season, the Yagma gardeners planted a combination of squash and maize in the school garden. Maize, which needs water, is particularly suited to this crop, and appreciates the companionship of cucurbits, according to the Milpa principle.

Boards of Moringa in Bala

At the Bala seed farm, a different agroforestry technique has been introduced. Until then, fertiliser trees had criss-crossed the land. On this new plot, the corridor cultivation technique was used. The moringa plants are planted in a tight row, and … Read More

Collection of educational games

Dessine l’Espoir has developed a collection of educational games about gardening and the environment. To make them easier to handle, the association has asked the women of Eswatini to make the bags, hand-embroidered with the name of the games and … Read More

Planting courgettes in Bala

As part of the seed production project launched in West Africa by The Ivory Foundation in collaboration with Agrosemens, Abdourahmane, the gardener at the Bala seed farm, is currently transplanting courgettes into beds in the seed greenhouse. Courgettes are preferred … Read More

The vegetables in Bala’s greenhouse

At Bala, Abdourahmane has set up a variety of crops. Two varieties of basil are grown for seed production. One is in flower and will soon be producing seeds. Okra will also be harvested once the fruit has ripened for … Read More

Bala greenhouse

At Bala, gardener Abdourahmane has planted a variety of local crops, including okra, chilli peppers and cassava.

The first team settles in at the farm in Levi’s Nek, Lesotho

With the dormitory now complete, three young people from St Monica said farewell to the farm that had been their home for 3 years and moved to their new home in Levi’s Nek. Three young people stayed on to look … Read More

Tasty dishes cooked by the farm’s youngsters

A local vegetable garden is planned to provide a variety of vegetables and herbs for their personal use.Until the garden is up and running, the vegetables have been bought from Levi’s Nek stores….

Construction of the Levi’s Nek farm manager’s house

The Ivory Foundation has planned to install the Levi’s Nek farm manager, Leepa Mosehle, who has been accompanying young deaf and hard-of-hearing people in this educational farm project since 2015.  This building will include both his home and an office … Read More

Watering the Traversine by the nursery children

Twice a week, children from the Villiot nursery help to maintain the garden. After enriching the compost with peelings from their canteen, they help to water the vegetable garden.

Nursery school children plant lettuce at Traversine Villiot

As part of their work tending the Traversine Villiot vegetable garden, the nursery school children from école de Bercy transplanted lettuce plants onto the mandala and the garden beds.

The TIPI in the Traversine Villiot garden

The climbing beans sown last April on the Traversine Villiot tipi have reached the top in just a few months!The first flowers are starting to turn into beans! This species (from Agrosemens seed) produces purple vegetables that turn green when … Read More

Use of the campagnole in the Garden of Skills in Eswatini

The women of the Garden of Skills have had one since the launch of the project and make good use of it to prepare the beds. The cultivation plots have been sized to a width of 80cm to fit the … Read More

Maintenance of the planting beds at Malanti

5 women are in charge of the cultivation beds in the Garden of Skills, a daily task carried out since 2021, when the project began in the Malanti hills in Eswatini. Growing the plants in parallel rows at right angles … Read More

Seedlings in the Grand Potager

Herbs and edible flowers are an important part of the crops grown in the large kitchen garden at Lauris to enhance the dishes served by the Domaine de Fontenille restaurant.

The donkeys of the Grand Potager

Every year, two classes from Lauris spend a day in the large vegetable garden at the Domaine de Fontenille. The treasure hunt through the vegetable garden ends with a visit to the donkey patch, which is a big hit with … Read More

Balance game at the Grand Potager

One of the outdoor activities devised by Transgarden for children is a balancing game. The children turn two wheels: one indicating natural elements (pebbles, bread apples, branches, etc.) and the other indicating an area of the body (neck, forearm, elbow, … Read More

Biodiversity in the Grand Potager

The Grand Potager at Domaine de Fontenille, which is entirely organically farmed, is an ideal refuge for insects, which enjoy the flowers in the garden and help pollinate them.

Maintenance of courgette beds in Yagma

The Yagma garden team prepared courgette and maize beds before the onset of the rainy season. Maize requires a lot of water, so this season is ideal for planting and growing it. Its rapid growth will enable it to be … Read More

The Garden of Skills greenhouse

The Malanti greenhouse, built by young deaf and hard-of-hearing people from the Lesotho-based “Farming our Future” association, is a real asset for the women in the Garden of Skills. It enables them to sow their crops sheltered from the sun … Read More

Involvement of young people from Farming our future in the work of Levi’s Nek

Every day, the young beneficiaries of Farming our future take turns on the site to see the work in progress. They also help to transport materials to the site, which is difficult for lorries to access

The farmhouse at Levi’s Nek

The main buildings are now in place on the constructible part of the farm. The main building is typical of Lesotho, with its breezeblocks joined like stone and a worked cornice that surrounds and hides the corrugated iron roof. The … Read More

Finishing work on the Levi’s Nek dormitory

The exterior finishes was completed and the roof has been laid. The workers are finalising the interior fittings.  In the living room, the tiles have been laid and a kitchen has been made to measure by a joiner.

Barbecue at the Half Way House

Every day, the Half Way House in Roosboom welcomes between 45 and 60 underprivileged children from the Roosboom township. To mark the presentation of the games donated by the Apprentices of Auteuil, a barbecue was organised to complement the daily … Read More

Construction of the volunteer chalet

As with the Jardin des Savoir-Faire in Eswatini, The Ivory Foundation called on Wendy Lane, a designer of wooden chalets, to create a double accommodation unit for its volunteers. The advantage of these structures, pre-assembled in a workshop in South … Read More

Sowing in the Garden of Skill’s greenhouse at Malanti

The women in charge of the Garden of Skills at Malanti in Eswatini are preparing the selection of seeds that they will put into pots in the greenhouse. It’s a painstaking task, so as not to waste this precious resource … Read More

Levi’s Nek borehole

The Ivory Foundation commissioned a local contractor to drill and install a pump to supply water to the Levi’s Nek farm. The presence of water on the site was essential to launch the construction of the farm buildings (cement production) … Read More

Colouring activity at Bercy school

As part of the extra-curricular activities at Bercy school, a colouring workshop was organised on the theme of “lucky charm” flowers by the Dessine l’Espoir association. After creating a model of their project, the children drew it on an A3 … Read More

Onion harvest in the Yagma school garden

The onion harvest was a good one at Yagma, and will be used to flavour the dishes served at the canteen. Every day, the school cooks process the vegetables grown in the school garden to prepare the meals served to the children.

Levi’s Nek development: laying the fencing

As soon as the purchase of the land by Farming Our Future was signed, young deaf and hard-of-hearing people began to lay fencing around the plots to secure the site. This will also allow the animals to arrive quickly, as … Read More

Games with the nursery school children at La Traversine

During their visit to the vegetable garden, the children from the Bercy nursery school split into two groups. While one group looked after the garden, the other played board games created by the association around fruit and vegetables.

Presentation of the insect hotel to the crèche children

Children from the Villiot crèche discover the insect hotel in the traversine garden. The activity leader explains the role of each compartment adapted to a particular type of insect.

Planting of strawberry plants in the garden of the Traversine Bercy, Paris

This Friday, the children of the elementary school of Bercy planted strawberry plants on the vertical wall of the garden of the Traversine of Bercy. They particularly enjoyed this activity which signs the return of spring!

Harvest of sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes at the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini The sweet potato is very popular in Eswatini, and is also suitable for sloping ground as it produces abundant creeping foliage. After each harvest, the women take cuttings from the harvested … Read More

Planting courgettes in Sandiare

As part of the seed project involving Agrosemens, APAF and The Ivory Foundation, Thieleme, the technician in charge of greenhouses in the Mbour region, planted courgette seedlings in the Sandiare and Nobadane greenhouses. The varieties were selected to best suit … Read More

Daily watering and maintenance of the garden by children at the Petits Princes school, Rufisque, Senegal

Every day, the children of the inclusive school of the Petits Princes in Rufisque, accompanied by their teachers and Joseph,  the person in charge of the garden, take part in the watering and maintenance of the planters.

Use of BT (Bacillus thuringiensis), Bala, Senegal

During the training course organised by The Ivory Foundation and Agrosemens in Senegal, Louis Marie Broucqsault and Cyriaque Crosnier Mangeat presented BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) as a solution for treating the pests that attack Moringa. Louis Marie noted that Moringa leaves … Read More

Observation of tomato acariosis in Dawady, Senegal

Cyriaque Crosnier Mangeat, from Agrosemens, provides advice in Dawady, where The Ivory Foundation has been developing a large collective vegetable garden since 2018, bringing together 150 village women on 450 cultivated plots. Observation of a tomato plant affected by acariosis … Read More

Aubergine Acariosis treatment, Rufisque – Senegal

Cyriaque Crosnier Mangeat advises Joseph Gomis on the Petit Princes garden in Rufisque, Senegal.Joseph has planted aubergines in this above-ground garden on the school roof. Cyriaque has detected the presence of acariosis in the aubergines.He advises misting the leaves from … Read More

Construction of the dormitory

A building of more than 100m2 comprising two six-place dormitories, two bathrooms, a lounge and a kitchen was built using breeze-block. Young deaf and hard-of-hearing people played an active part in getting the project off the ground.

Children from the Villiot day nursery compost their vegetable waste in the Traversine-Villiot garden

 Every Wednesday and Friday morning, children from the Villiot collective crèche spend an hour in the Traversine-Villiot garden. The children come with some vegetable waste from the crèche kitchen and put it in our compost, along with dead leaves collected … Read More

Prevention of pepper virosis – Rufisque, Senegal

Louis-Marie Broucqsault, production manager at Agrosemens, is providing advice in Rufisque on the Handiscole garden developed by Designing Hope. He is advising Joseph Gomis, the garden’s manager, on how to prevent pepper blight. Louis-Marie Broucqsault, production manager at Agrosemens, is … Read More

Harvesting aubergine seeds

Cyriaque Crosnier Mangeat, manager of organic seed producer Agrosemens, advises on the Dawady seed project in Senegal. Harvesting methods: You need to select healthy fruit that has reached the ripening stage of the seed carrier (a stage further advanced than … Read More

Technical visit with the Agrosemens team to the Dawady garden

During the seed training course organised by The Ivory Foundation and Agrosemence, the women from the Dawady vegetable garden were given advice on maintaining their collective garden: watering, hoeing the plots, treating diseases with natural treatments such as neem oil. … Read More

Nobadane seed farm

The Nobadane seed farm is one of three seed production sites operated by Apaf in collaboration with The Ivory Foundation and Agrosemence. It includes a greenhouse and outdoor section where onions are grown for seed production. The greenhouse has been … Read More

Meals and training in Dawady, Senegal

The women in charge of the Dawady garden prepared a traditional meal based on cracked rice using vegetables from the garden (bitter eggplant, carrots, peppers) during the training provided by The Ivory Foundation and Agrosemens.

Ndioum2 Village Plot, Bala, Senegal

Ndioum2 is one of three villages on the outskirts of the Bala medical center where a community market garden project has been implemented with support from The Ivory Foundation. The plot has been fenced off to prevent the intrusion of … Read More

The Sentiou Maka vegetable garden in Bala, Senegal

Sentiou Maka is one of the community vegetable gardens set up on the outskirts of Bala. The solar pump has allowed good irrigation of the garden and within three months, it has been fully cultivated. Thanks to the expertise of … Read More

Visit of the Dawady garden, Senegal

The Dawady garden, located next to the medical center, provides 150 women with three plots of land each, with access to water. 25% of the surface is reserved to produce vegetables for the pregnant women looked after at the health … Read More

Seed training at Dawady garden, Senegal

A training session has been organized by The Ivory Foundation and Agrosemens to train the women of Dawady in the use of organic fertilizers and seed production. Natural ingredients such as Neem oil and Neem cake (organic residue after pressing … Read More

Productions at the Bala garden, Senegal

Since its creation two years ago, the garden in Bala has developed well, thanks to the work of Abdurahman. The plot produces both vegetables for consumption and seed production.  It combines fruit trees such as papaya with fertilizer trees that … Read More

Bissap harvest in Sentiou Maka

The women of the village of Sentiou Maka have harvested bissap leaves from their communal vegetable garden, which they will be cooking to accompany the semolina. This traditional plant is used both as a drink, by decocting the flowers, and … Read More

Preparing the cultivation beds at the Sandiare farm

As part of the seed project involving Agrosemens, APAF and The Ivory Foundation, a new greenhouse has been set up at Sandiara to complete the production system, giving priority to one variety per species at each site, in order to limit … Read More

The airlock of the greenhouse in the garden of Bala, Senegal

To guarantee the tightness of the greenhouse and thus the varietal purity of the seeds produced in Bala, we have installed an airlock lined with an “insectproof” textile to avoid cross-pollination. A project supported by Agrosemens and The Ivory Foundation.

Seed meeting in Bala

The Ivory Foundation, in partnership with the French seed company Agrosemensand APAF Senegal to encourage the production of reproducible organic seeds adapted to both climatic conditions and the local market, while developing, with the expertise of Agrosemens, accessible tutorials adapted to … Read More

Land acquisition for the Levi’s Nek farm

In order to create the Levi’s Nek farm, Farming our future had to acquire several plots of land of different sizes to create a total area of 3 hectares. One plot is dedicated to market gardening and will also be … Read More

Preparation of new growing beds at the Half Way House in Roosboom

A new gardener has just joined the team at the Half Way House in Roosboom, which is run by Designing Hope. Together with the two women who manage the centre, they are preparing new growing beds for the plants prepared … Read More

Distribution of meals in the Yagma canteen

The agroforestry garden provides daily vegetables used for the preparation of meals in the canteen of the Yagma school. Peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach, cabbage are cooked in a sauce to accompany starchy foods or mashed beans. A project supported since … Read More

Arcimboldo-like self-portrait workshop by the children of CLAJE and elementary school of Bercy, Paris

The children of the Centre Paris Anim’ (CLAJE) elementary school of Bercy realized their self-portrait in the style of Arcimboldo. After colouring fruits and vegetables, the children cut and glued them to form their own face.

Vermicomposting workshop with the children of the primary schools and the kindergarten of Bercy, Paris

Designing Hope and the kindergarten of Bercy received  from the City hall of Paris 2 vermicomposters with the compost worms. We installed a worm bin with the children of the Bercy primary schools and another worm bin with the children … Read More

Bridging snack with the children of the Bercy kindergarten and the Villiot crèche in the Jardin de la Traversine-Villiot, Paris

The children of the nursery school of Bercy and the crèche of Villiot met in the garden of Traversine-Villiot. They composted their vegetable waste (mainly peelings) and visited the garden together. Then, in the kiosk around the clover tables, the … Read More

Drawing workshop of garden with the children of the elementary school of Bercy, Paris

Today, we asked the children of the Bercy primary schools to draw the vegetable garden of their dreams!  They were able to organise their imaginary garden as they wished, by placing fruits, vegetables, animals, insects, compost, ponds…While waiting for spring..

The children of the Villiot collective crèche compost their vegetable waste and water the Traversine-Villiot garden, Paris

Every Wednesday and Friday morning, the children of the Villiot collective crèche spend an hour in the Traversine-Villiot garden. The children come with some vegetable waste from the nursery kitchen and put it in our compost. Even though the plants … Read More

Harvesting topinamburs from the Traversine-Villiot garden, Paris

With the children of the center Paris Anim’ (CLAJE), we collected the topinamburs (or Jerusalem artichokes) of the garden of Traversine-Villiot. They were each able to leave with a bag of several topinamburs that they had collected themselves. We prepared … Read More

Spinach harvest in the Malanti garden, Eswatini

Every day, the women in charge of the vegetable garden harvest fresh vegetables in order to make balanced meals for the women in training at the Garden of Skills. Designing Hope takes advantage of these training moments to promote balanced … Read More

Collecting leaves from the Jardin de la Traversine-Bercy, Paris, with the children of the Bercy elementary schools

To mark the end of autumn and to brighten up the garden, the children of the elementary schools of Bercy helped the team of Dessine l’Espoir to collect the leaves of the garden of Traversine-Bercy in Paris.  They put them … Read More

Pine cones decoration workshop with the children of CLAJE

The children welcomed by the Centre Paris Anim’ (CLAJE) decorated pine cones for the end-of-the-year celebrations. They glued pompoms and stars on them, wrapped the pine cones with thread on which they threaded beads and painted the ends of the … Read More

Winter digital painting workshop with the children of the Bercy primary schools, Paris

The children of the elementary school of Bercy made a card to wish a good Christmas to their close relations. They wrote on it, drew with felt pens, cut out and glued paper and stickers. Above all, after tracing their … Read More

Playful discovery of insects with the children of the Bercy nursery school, Paris

The children of the nursery school of Bercy in Paris were able to discover the various insects in the garden through colouring boards realised by the association.  The children coloured in bees, ladybirds, butterflies, ants, earwigs, woodlice and grasshoppers: all … Read More

The vegetable beds of the Yagma garden, Burkina Faso

The Yagma agroforestry garden, on the outskirts of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, is in full production of various vegetables!The presence of the borehole installed with the support of The Ivory Foundation during the setting up of the vegetable garden allows … Read More

Maintenance of the Yagma school garden with the students

In the agroforestry garden of the Yagma school, located on the outskirts of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, the students are involved in the daily maintenance of the vegetable garden.  This garden, set up on a real wasteland with the support … Read More

Care of Malanti strawberry plants

Strawberries do well in Eswatini! The women in charge of the Malanti “Garden of Skills” have reserved a special place for them: a circular mandala. This year, the plants have produced their first crop of fruit, as well as numerous … Read More

Playful discovery of insects with the children of the elementary school of Bercy, Paris

The children of the elementary school of Bercy in Paris were able to discover the various insects in the garden through colouring boards realised by the association.  The insects were classified according to their role in a garden, namely pollinators, … Read More

Garden views of Bala, Sénégal

The Bala seed farm has been set up within the Kaicedrat health centre with the support of The Ivory Foundation. It includes a 200m2 greenhouse ideal for guaranteeing the varietal purity of the species. Around the greenhouse, plots have been laid … Read More

Workshop on the installation of the insect hotel with the children of the CLAJE in the garden of Traversine-Villiot, Paris

With the children welcomed by the Centre Paris Anim’ (CLAJE), the team of Dessine l’Espoir finalised the installation of the insect hotel in the garden of Traversine-Villiot.  We installed pieces of broken bricks for the staphylinid, pine cones for the … Read More

Sweet potatoes at the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

The sweet potato is very popular in Eswatini, and is also suitable for sloping ground as it produces abundant creeping foliage. After each harvest, the women take cuttings from the harvested sweet potato stalks and transplant them to new beds. 

Association of culture at the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

The cultivation beds in the Malanti garden follow the principles of permaculture.  The women combine different species on the same bed that are mutually beneficial and grow compatibly in the same space. On this particular bed, the women have planted … Read More

Pepper harvest at the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

Peppers are particularly popular in Eswatini in the local cuisine.  The harvested fruits are small but very flavourful, and will enhance the meal served daily at the Garden of Knowledge. 

Thinning of carrot beds in the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

In the vegetable garden of the Garden of Skills, nothing is lost!  When the women thin the carrots to encourage their growth, the young shoots are collected and cooked for the daily meal offered to the women in training.  The … Read More

A new cook at the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

Designing Hope has recruited a full-time cook for the Garden of Skills. To accompany rice or traditional semolina (pap), Spe cooks a daily sauce using seasonal vegetables from the garden. 

Greenhouse maintenance at the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

The greenhouse at Malanti is used both for seedling production and for starting crops in a protected area.  The greenhouse limits the impact of the sun and limits evaporation. The women in charge of the vegetable garden wear their work … Read More

Tomato plants in the greenhouse at the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

In the greenhouse of Malanti, women have prepared tomato plants which they are now about to plant on prepared beds. 

The chicken coop of Malanti, Eswatini

In Malanti, a chicken coop has been set up in two adjoining pens.  The principle is to rotate the cultivation and housing of the animals in these two pens. The manure from the chickens enriches the soil for future crops. 

Maintenance of the cultivation plots of the Garden of Skills in Malanti

In Malanti, at the Garden of Skills, 5 women are in charge of the maintenance of the vegetable garden. The garden is organised in 80 cm wide plots, on which the association of crops is favoured in order to optimise … Read More

Maintenance of the Teen-Gi garden at the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

In the Garden of Skills, a plot of about 20 plots is reserved for the children of Malanti. They come in groups after school and on Saturdays to tend to the planting in their garden. By raising awareness among the … Read More

Autumn painting activity with the children of the Bercy primary schools, Paris

We organised a painting activity using our stencils representing all kinds of leaves, fruits and vegetables. They were also able to use dried leaves to create various patterns. The children made many colourful paintings to take home!

The Keyhole of St Monica

Deaf and hard-of-hearing youngsters from St Monica’s farm water the keyhole. The Keyhole is a traditional garden from Lesotho. So it was very important that the garden at St Monica’s should also have this high circular vegetable garden. The perimeter … Read More

Planting of tulip bulbs at the Traversine Villiot with the children of the nursery of Villiot, Paris

With the children of the nursery of Villiot, we planted bulbs of tulip all around the kiosk of the garden of the Traversine Villiot. The children put the bulb in each hole and then covered it with soil before watering … Read More

Maintaining St Monica’s farm

At St Monica’s farm, the youngsters look after the crops, chickens and sheep.

Visit of the gardens, Bala, Sénégal

Abdourahman, the head gardener of the Bala garden, is also in charge of three gardens in three outlying villages.  With the support of The Ivory Foundation, stakes and fences have been purchased to delimit market gardening areas operated by about … Read More

Workshop creation of vegetable mobiles with the children of the CLAJE

With the children welcomed by the Centre Paris Anim’ (CLAJE), the team of Dessine l’Espoir organized a workshop creation of mobiles with natural elements.  On straight tree branches, the children hung woolen threads on which they suspended several vegetal elements: … Read More

Biomass collection by the children of the Rufisque garden

In order to fill the bottom of the growing containers of the roof garden of the school of Rufisque, the children go in search of discarded branches on a wasteland of the district near the school…  The occasion of a … Read More

Birth of a calf at Saint-Paul

One of the cows at the St Paul educational farm for the deaf and hard of hearing has given birth to a calf. The farm now has six cows.

A meal with the vegetables of the shared vegetable garden at the Traversine Villiot garden with all our partners, Paris

The harvest of vegetables realized at the beginning of November in the garden allowed us to organize a meal in the garden of the residence Villiot-Râpée, in the presence of all the actors who interact regularly with the garden. The … Read More

Seed sowing workshop with the children of the Bercy nursery school, Paris

Even in November, it is still time to sow some seeds… and it is what the children of the nursery school of Bercy did!  Hoping that the first sprouts will survive the cold winter, the children sowed yellow turnips, lettuce, … Read More

Vegetable harvest from the Traversine-Villiot garden, Paris, for the benefit of its beneficiaries

We made a harvest before the winter of the vegetables of the garden of Traversine-Villiot : leeks, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, spinach, celery, onions, beets, tomatoes.  In order to share our vegetables with the people in the garden, we are organizing … Read More

Making pickles with the last tomatoes of the Traversine Villiot garden thanks to the civic services hosted for a training day by Unis-Cité

Within the framework of a day of training organized by Unis-Cité and bearing on the topic of the environment, the young people in Civic service were able to put the hand to the paste and to collect the last green … Read More

Maintenance of the insect hotel by children from Bercy school

We organised an activity with the children from Bercy school to restore the insect hotel. To do this, we prepared small branches and various natural elements to fill the insect hotel.

Garden maintenance at Ladysmith

Every day, the children look after the vegetable garden at Roosboom, helping the women in particular with watering and tending the beds. The cabbages and spinach are harvested to accompany the meals served daily at Half Way House.

Halloween modeling workshop with Double Face at the Traversine Villiot, Paris

To celebrate Halloween, Dessine l’Espoir joined Double Face to allow the children of the residence Villiot Râpée to realize frightening heads of monsters. After a day spent modeling clay under the guidance of Zoé from Double Face, the children painted … Read More

Transplanting spinach to the garden of la Traversine Bercy, Paris

The children of the primary schools of Bercy helped us to transplant in the playground’s garden the spinach which proliferated in the Garden of the Traversine-Villiot.  After digging holes in the enriched soil trays, the children planted the spinach plants … Read More

Enriching the planters at the Bercy nursery school, Paris

The team of the Traversine garden takes care now of four culture trays in the playground of the nursery school.  Before planting fruit, vegetables and other plants with the kindergarten children, we enriched and aerated the soil in the containers. … Read More

Sowing parsley in the containers of the primary schools of Bercy, Paris

In October, it is still time to sow parsley, it is what we made with the children of the primary schools of Bercy.  In the school’s containers, which had been prepared with fertile soil, the children delicately sowed parsley seeds. The … Read More

Watering the garden at the school of Petits Princes in Rufisque

On the roof terrace of the inclusive school of the Petits Princes in Rufisque, the garden developed by Designing Hope welcomes the children every week for a moment of active recreation, dedicated to the maintenance of the garden.Watering is essential … Read More

The reproduction of the cauliflower in the garden of the Traversine Villiot, Paris

In the garden of the Traversine Villiot, our cauliflower, after having formed a compact vegetable, continued its growth. To the astonishment of the children, it has grown new stems. This is what we call the process of going to seed … Read More

Landart and plant weaving activities with the children of the CLAJE and the primary schools of Bercy

This Wednesday afternoon, the team of Designing Hope organized 2 creative animations in the garden of the Traversine Villiot, one with the children welcomed by the Centre Paris Anim’ (CLAJE) and the other with the children of the primary schools … Read More

Seedlings in full growth in Bala’s garden (Senegal)

The seedlings prepared by Abdourhamane, the head gardener of the Bala garden, are a success! The shoots of the different varieties of tomatoes and aubergines have emerged from the plates with a very satisfactory germination rate. As part of the … Read More

Rehabilitation of the cultivation trays at la Traversine Bercy, Paris

It is autumn, it is time to enrich and to refill the tubs of the mandala and the Keyhole of the garden of the Traversine Bercy in order to prepare the tubs to welcome new cultures. The bins have been … Read More

The Residence Villiot Festival, Paris

On Saturday, September 24th, 2022, we took part in the Festival of the Residence Villiot. We welcomed children and adults of the Residence Villiot in the shared garden of the residence. The children were able to enjoy the board games … Read More

Harvesting in the Palesa garden of St Paul’s School, Leribe, Lesotho

Set up in 2021 with the children and young people of the St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Leribe, Lesotho, the Palesa garden (Palesa means flower in Sotho, the language of Lesotho) is providing a … Read More

Garden plots at St Paul’s School in Lesotho

At St Paul’s School in Leribe, Lesotho, the 6 deaf and hard of hearing young people trained at the educational farm maintain the plots to produce the vegetables cooked at the boarding school canteen. Some of the crops are grown … Read More

Growing at the Petits Princes school in Rufisque – Senegal

6 months after the installation of the vegetable garden on the roof terrace of the Petits Princes school in Rufisque – Senegal, the containers have been filled with a variety of vegetables. They have benefited from abundant rainfall, and the … Read More

Sowing in the seed greenhouse of the Bala centre (Senegal)

The Ivory Foundation has developed a reproductive seed production project in Senegal with the organic seed company Agrosemens. The Bala medical centre in eastern Senegal, near Tambacounda, is one of the pilot sites associated with this initiative. Abdourhamane, head of … Read More

Papayer of Bala garden, Senegal

On agroforestry schemes, fertiliser trees and fruit trees are intercropped to maximize the productivity of the market garden schemes. The former fertilise the soil for market garden production, and the latter provide additional income through fruit production.  Here in pictures … Read More

Installation of the game tables in the kiosk of the Traversine Villiot, Paris

Games tables forming a four-leaf clover were installed in the Traversine Villiot. These tables are used to organise educational pedagogical activities with children from the Bercy school, the Claje (Paris Anim) and the local nursery. The four tables can be … Read More

Watering the beds at the Garden of skills, Eswatini

A large 10-cubic-meter tank has been installed in the garden, fed by water from a nearby river. While waiting for the installation of a drip irrigation system, the women take care of watering the plots every morning, especially during the … Read More

The greenhouse of the St Paul’s school farm, Leribe – Lesotho

The youths in charge of the St Paul’s educational farm cultivate large plots of land dedicated to market gardening to supply the school canteen with fresh vegetables.Spinach, finely chopped and fried with onions, is a very popular sauce in Lesotho … Read More

The animals of the St Paul’s school pedagogical farm, Leribe – Lesotho

The Ivory Foundation has been supporting the St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Lesotho since 2015.An educational farm has been set up within the school, combining animal husbandry and market gardening to provide the school … Read More

The garden of the Traversine Villiot, Paris, is rich in vegetables!

For its first summer, the garden of the Traversine Villiot is blooming and gave many vegetables. Potatoes, leeks, cauliflower, spinach, celery, Jerusalem artichokes, squash, beets, cucumbers and different varieties of tomatoes are growing and ripening in this garden in the … Read More

Use of a “Campagnole” for planting beds at the Garden of skills, Eswatini

The Malanti garden was built on the principle of permaculture with 80 cm wide plots on which the women grow vegetables in association in fairly dense plots. Densifying the crops allows them to limit water consumption. To prepare and maintain … Read More

Preparation of beds with biochar at the Garden of skills, Eswatini

When preparing the beds with the “Campagnole”, the soil is enriched by sprinkling a mixture of biochar and compost on the surface. The Campagnole will then mix this input deep into the cultivated plots. Biochar is a natural fertilizer produced … Read More

Planting with children in Roosboom

The greenhouse at the Half Way House in Roosboom, expanded with the help of the young farmers from St. Monica’s Farm in Lesotho, can now accommodate more plants, protected from the sun’s rays and from the birds and grasshoppers, which … Read More

St. Monica’s Garden, Lesotho

It’s almost the end of winter… The garden is still rich of its last winter vegetables, and the young people of the farm have prepared the beds to welcome the spring seedlings. The garden team proudly presents its work to … Read More

The Sheep of St Monica’s Farm, Lesotho

The flock, composed of 10 sheep when the farm was launched (3 males and 7 females), has increased by 50% in 2 years thanks to three new births this year.   The sheep bring an additional income for the farm with … Read More

Use of a “Campagnole” for planting beds at St Monica’s farm, Leribe, Lesotho

The vegetable garden at St. Monica’s Farm was built on the principle of permaculture, with 80 cm wide raised beds on which the young deaf and hard-of-hearing gardeners grow vegetables quite densely, combining varieties that are compatible in terms of … Read More

Eswatini baskets for the hens at Roosboom

As part of the exchanges between the various gardens in southern Africa, straw baskets made in Eswatini were given to the children of Half Way House in Roosboom to equip the henhouse. The hens quickly adopted the baskets as nesting … Read More

Lunch at the Halfway House

Like every day of the week, the children enjoyed a healthy and balanced meal at the HalfWay House. The meal consists of rice and a sauce prepared with vegetables from the garden. This nutritional support benefits about 50 underprivileged children … Read More

Extension of the greenhouse with the young people of Lesotho

In Southern Africa, Designing Hope and The Ivory Foundation strive to forge human links between the actors of the different projects they develop and support.  In 2017, the women of Eswatini and Roosboom came to train in permaculture the students … Read More

Fitting out the interior of the Roosboom greenhouse with the students from Lesotho’s deaf and hard of hearing school

After completing the structure of the greenhouse in the Roosboom garden, the team of gardeners from St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Leribe, Lesotho, took charge of the interior of the greenhouse, using a grid … Read More

Vertical culture in a teepee, a playful and practical tool at the Jardin de la Traversine Villiot, Paris

Our association made and installed a teepee in bamboo in the garden of the Traversine Villiot. It allows us to optimize the surface by using the principle of vertical culture. Squash, cucumbers and tomatoes grow around the tepee and climb … Read More

Finalisation of the installation of structures in the garden of Rufisque, Senegal

In order to optimise the surface area of the garden on the roof terrace of the Rufisque school, three models of growing trays structures have been designed:– The first, produced in 10 copies, allows cultivation on 4 levels thanks to … Read More

Creation of a plan for the Garden of Skills to organise the planning of crops, Eswatini

Two of the main objectives of the Garden of Skills are to become a training centre in the fields of agroecology and agroforestry, as well as nutrition, while developing a catering activity.  It is important to ensure good management and … Read More

Activities with children in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

Since the beginning of June, the Garden of Skills has been welcoming children from the Malanti community. They are divided into four groups, and come once a week from Monday to Thursday, in turn. They come after school and meet … Read More

Mulching and crop enrichment in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The women use natural fertilizers such as compost, manure and biochar produced locally with the support of The Ivory Foundation to enrich the crop beds in the Garden of Skills. Grass, previously cut on the ground and then dried, is … Read More

Collecting compost for the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

In order to fertilize the new planting beds set up each week in the Garden of Skills, the women of Fundzisa Live, accompanied by men from the community of Malanti, went to the logging area on the outskirts of Piggs … Read More

First vegetables in the school garden in Rufisque

After 3 months of installation on the terrace, the first vegetables are appearing in the garden of the school of the little princes in Rufisque.Joseph, the person in charge of the roof terrace garden, has started several nurseries in the … Read More

The mandala in Yagma garden, Burkina Faso

The mandala of Yagma garden has grown well ! Plantations of corn, cucumber, pepper, and green bean were carried out on the 8 plates of cultures forming a flower.

First planting on the new beds in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

After enriching the soil with compost, manure and biochar produced with the support of The Ivory Foundation, the women of Fundzisa Live planted the first crops on the new cultivation beds. Various vegetables (carrots, lettuce, spinach, radishes) were planted in … Read More

Planting trees in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The Garden of Skills is a pilot project in agroforestry whose objective is to promote agroecological practices by becoming a training center in agroforestry. Thus, following the principles of agroforestry, the women in charge of the garden have planted trees … Read More

Seedlings in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

Today, the women of the Garden of Skills planted peppers, beets, lettuce and spinach on the beds of the “Teenji” (Teen G for youth garden), the garden in front of the workshop, half of which is used for educational activities … Read More

A Nursery of Fertilising trees at the Bala garden, Sénégal

The Bala seed farm follows the principles of agro-forestry, where a fertiliser tree nursery has been set up.  The seedlings are prepared in plastic bags deep enough for the trees to develop strong downward roots. The seedlings are prepared in … Read More

Harvesting Jugo Beans at the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The women of the Garden of Skills harvested Jugo Beans which they then prepared with a traditional recipe. Jugo beans are beans grown in Eswatini and have a taste similar to peanuts. Once cooked in water they are ready to … Read More

Preparation of sweet potatoes harvested from the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

To add value to vegetable production from the Garden of Skills, Tolaguele cooked the harvested sweet potatoes. As part of the nutrition training that will be offered at the garden, recipes using little salt and only natural spices will be … Read More

First crops and teepee in the Villiot garden, Paris

The first spring crops are there in the Villiot garden! Mulberry trees were planted in the first two containers and seedlings of radishes and carrots were made in the containers transformed into a greenhouse. We also planted mint seedlings on … Read More

Sweet potato harvest in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The women in charge of the maintenance of the Garden of Skills have begun harvesting the sweet potatoes planted a few months earlier on one of the first plots of land set up on the new Malanti site.

Creation of new crop beds at the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

In order to develop a model of food self-sufficiency in the Garden of Skills, the women of Fundzisa Live in charge of the garden prepare new crop beds every week to make the most of the cultivated area. A hard … Read More

Discovery of the new bins in the garden of Rufisque

New structures have just arrived on the terrace, and will make it possible to increase the surface area cultivated on the roof terrace of the inclusive school of the Petits Princes in Rufisque. The children came to discover these new … Read More

Installation of structures at the school in Rufisque, Senegal

The metalworker has finished making all the structures for the roof terrace garden at the school in Rufisque. The children, enthusiastic, participated in the installation of the plastic containers, which, once filled with soil and compost, will soon welcome new … Read More

Installation of mosquito netting in the Yagma garden, Burkina Faso

After the chilli and pepper nurseries, the animators of the Yagma garden have set up a salad nursery. A mosquito net has been put up to protect it from possible attacks by insect pests.

Before and after vegetable gardens in the Yagma neighbourhood, Burkina Faso

After having followed the training in agroecological techniques at the Yagma garden, the women started their own vegetable garden, either in the open ground or above ground, depending on the size of their plot. One and a half months later, … Read More

Sign memory for the school for the deaf and hard of hearing in St Paul, Lesotho

Transjardins has developed a memory game associating a card of an element (vegetables, fruits or garden tools) with a card representing its gesture in sign language. Other cards combine the two (elements and signs) in order to facilitate learning for … Read More

Visits to surrounding schools to promote the Yagma garden, Burkina Faso

The animators of the garden of Yagma visited various schools in the surroundings in order to promulgate the educational project of the garden. As in the Villiot garden in Paris or the Garden of Skills in Malanti, one of the … Read More

Preparing winter crops at St Monica’s Farm, Lesotho

With winter approaching in southern Africa, the young people at St Monica’s Farm prepared their crop beds with seasonal varieties. So they planted spinach, cabbage and tomatoes which will be planted in the garden during the dry season in winter.

Maintaining the Palesa Garden in St Paul, Lesotho

Six young people maintain the Palesa Garden, the circular vegetable garden created for the children of the St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The garden is divided into four sections, each of which is available to … Read More

Face memory for St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Lesotho

The photographs of the St Paul’s school for the deaf and hard of hearing children carried out last year in the middle of the Leribe vegetation within the framework of the project “Nature en Ville”, were reproduced in a memory … Read More

The egg incubator at St Monica’s Farm, Lesotho

The young people of St Monica’s farm have started to use the incubator financed by The Ivory Foundation. Before any use, the equipment and eggs must be disinfected to prevent disease transmission. The eggs are then placed slightly apart on … Read More

Free-range indigenous chickens at St Monica’s Farm, Lesotho

The flock of chickens at St Monica’s Farm has grown significantly since the garden started. There are now about 50 hens of different species with varied and colourful plumage. These hens are raised for egg and meat production, providing an … Read More

Assembling trays for the greenhouse nursery at the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

A system of interlocking trays developed by Designing Hope was entrusted to the women of Malanti to optimize their plant production. This durable and resistant system avoids the use of disposable cups, which are difficult to find locally.

The Garden of Skills is up and running, Eswatini

The access road and the construction of the Garden of Skills are now complete and everything is ready for the activities of the centre: A 100m2 workshop, an open kitchen, a sanitary block, the director’s house, the volunteers’ house, a … Read More