This fall, we awarded 6 Volunteer Service Awards, three to 2Seeds Network volunteers, and three to Manna Project International volunteers. We are introducing two of them here. Domenique Ciavattone has been working with 2Seeds Network in rural Tanzania since September 2014 and plans to continue to volunteer until Summer 2016. She has previously received a Spring 2015 Volunteer Service Award. During her time in Tanzania, 2Seeds Network volunteers along with their community partners have worked on finding ways to take advantage of the areas fertile soil in spite of difficulties in getting produce to market. To that end they have built green houses and planted garlic, a more profitable and easier to transport crop. To help Domenique with her continuing expenses, she was awarded a supplemental Volunteer Service Award of $1,000.
Andrew Curran is also with 2Seeds Network. He began working in the Usambara mountains of Tanzania in late August 2015 and plans to volunteer there until March 2016. While the Usambara mountains boast fertile soil and ample rainfall, local farmers face the many challenges of market access. The goal of Andrew’s team is to sustainably improve production, coordination and access to markets for the member of the local farmers’ group. Andrew received a $1,500 Volunteer Service Award.