Partnership is a key principle of all our work, at ground level with camp communities, at national level with camp authorities and local governments, and internationally. We also work with other NGOS, INGOs and research institutes, artists, and private corporations. 

Refugee communities are diverse and highly skilled and our intention is to work with and not for them in promoting urban agriculture and greening innovation,  planning together how space and scarce resources might be best used. We work closely with expertise on the ground, where possible looking to develop new initiatives into self funding activities.

We seek to influence local, regional, and national policies and collaborate with governments  to improve infrastructure and also advise on infrastructure options within refugee settlements. Through publications, exhibitions, films and evaluation reports we publicise the achievements of refugee gardeners and provide evidence of the impact of this on their lives. 

We work with other NGOs such as Mercy Hands and Human Relief Foundation on the joint execution of our programmes, often handing over activities to partners once they are established. Mercy Hands, an Iraq based NGO with programmes in Syria, is proving invaluable in the distribution of crisis response kits and in helping us gather data on their use.

Lush, a UK based but internationally renowned cosmetics company is providing funding for some of our projects and we are in discussions with them about producing honey, pomegranate and rose oil for use in their products.

We are also interested in developing partnerships with local universities and international research institutes in order to share and disseminate knowledge. We are in discussions with Iraqi based universities about using their students as evaluators and are already indebted to them for their local knowledge of plants and seeds.

Partners Mercy Hands, distributing Crisis Response Garden bags in Syria, September 2017

 

 

This International Tea Day, our operations manager, Aveen, shares her delicious and refreshing recipe for herbal tea. It blends rose, lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, santolina and mint. Before Covid-19, Aveen and our group of gardeners enjoyed taking tea together in the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz. After a busy session tending to the plants, it … Continued

Mr Fothergill’s and the Lemon Tree Trust are working together to provide 100,000 packets of quality seed to people living in refugee and IDP (internally displaced people) camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Mr Fothergill’s is supporting our Emergency ‘Gardener to Gardener’ Seed Appeal with a week-long promotion to its UK customers. For every … Continued

The global spread of Coronavirus Covid-19 means it is not possible to run our garden competitions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) this spring. However, we will continue to encourage people to sow seeds and enjoy gardening by celebrating refugee and IDP camp home gardens with a ‘virtual’ home garden exhibition this year. Residents … Continued