Abdul Hassan King has been with Seeds for Africa as a coordinator for many years. His expertise has enabled us to benefit many hundreds of children through our tree planting and kitchen vegetable gardens in schools. His passion for passing on his skills is incredibly valuable to the charity and recognition for his work came in 2006 when HRH Prince Charles visited two of our school projects with Abdul.
Sierra Leone is flat and low lying although the Freetown Peninsular is one of the few areas of West Africa where peaks rise near the ocean. It is one of the areas wettest and hottest countries.
Agriculture is the primary occupation in Sierra Leone, employing two-thirds of the labour force. Most Sierra Leoneans live on small, scattered farms. Rice is grown by 80% of farmers and is the most important subsistence crop and, along with millet is a food staple.
Abdul has helped and advised Seeds for Africa with tree planting projects in fifty primary schools. The children grow fruit trees such as mango, pawpaw, sweet orange, cashew nut, pink apple, plums and grapefruit. The children are taught how to prepare the ground to obtain the best growth for their trees.
Children in fifteen other schools have been growing their own vegetables under Abdul’s advice.