Imagine living on the fringes of society, disengaged from or discarded by your family. Perhaps you are on the streets, suffer from drug/alcohol addiction, or are a victim of abuse. You couldn't possibly feel more alone and yet, somewhere, deep inside, you still yearn to turn things around. Now imagine someone taking a chance on you, reminding you that you are worth it!
Kaima Farm, established in 2013, re-engages and empowers youth (ages 15-18) who have dropped out of school through a multi-faceted program of hands-on organic farming.
Our main initiative - Kaima Organic Farm - provides employability skills; offers work experience; teaches teamwork and leadership development; encourages community building; builds personal awareness; and fosters environmental stewardship. Uniquely, because program participants earn a salary, they come to view themselves as fully invested partners in the farm.
"Someone has to take a chance on these kids, and Kaima is ready to do it."
For the individual...
Kaima reconnects dropout youth to society by encouraging and supporting them to:
Return to educational settings and pursue matriculation.
Secure meaningful employment or prepare themselves for future vocational training.
Perform military or national service or volunteer in some other capacity.
Live healthy and mindful eco-friendly lifestyles.
For the greater community...
Kaima benefits society at large by:
Exporting our programming to other NGOs or government organizations working with dropout youth, thus scaling up our Educational Work Environment model to a regional and national level.
Offering the public fresh organic produce, grown and sold by young people who are learning to apply themselves to something meaningful.
Donating fresh veggies to people in need