May 30th, 2012
By Times-Picayune Staff
The Sankofa Community Development Corp. in New Orleans has received a $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The money will support Sankofa’s Health, Education, Agriculture and Leadership (HEAL) Project and youth entrepreneurship, gardening and education initiatives.
The Sankofa HEAL Project works with high school-aged youth in the 9th Ward area to help them to develop life skills and learn the positive effects of growing and consuming fresh fruits and vegetables.
This summer, in addition to developing herb and ornamental cut flower gardens, the HEAL students will learn about community development and civic engagement within an outdoor classroom setting that includes field trips and meetings with small business owners on the St. Claude Avenue corridor throughout the Lower and Upper 9th Ward.
HEAL students will also continue to work at the Sankofa Farmers Market, where they conduct healthy cooking demonstrations and learn fiscal responsibility by selling fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from the gardens they build.