S.H.A.R.E. Receives a Significant Donation from The Gay Lea Foundation

This year's contribution is in support of our Bolivia irrigation projects
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Gay Lea Foundation announces 13 new charitable grants

Spring funding round sees more than $185,000 channeled to education, poverty relief, and community well-being projects in Canada, Africa, and South America

June 14, 2023 – The Gay Lea Foundation is pleased to announce 13 new charitable grants supporting education, poverty relief, and/or community well-being projects in Canada, Africa, and South America.

The grants were approved by the Foundation board in late April, bringing total donations from the charitable organization to more than $340,000 in Gay Lea Foods’ Fiscal 2023 year.

Since its creation in 2014, the Gay Lea Foundation has now awarded more than $2.4 Million in charitable grants to more than 130 registered Canadian charities providing important humanitarian supports to communities in in Canada, Haiti, Central America, Asia, and Africa. Funding for the grants is provided by an annual $150,000 contribution from Gay Lea Foods and further subsidized through elective employee payroll deductions and organized employee fundraising activities held during Co-op Week.

To read the full list please visit https://www.gaylea.com/news/foundation/gay-lea-foundation-announces-13-new-charitable-grants and be sure to visit http://www.gaylea.com/news/foundation for more details about the impact the Gay Lea Foundation is making in Canada and around the world!


Staffed and managed entirely by volunteers for over 45 years, S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation (“S.H.A.R.E.”) provides agricultural, education, skills training and health-wellness assistance targeted to the most disadvantaged, isolated communities in the poorest of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), primarily Central America, Cambodia, Bolivia, and Haiti. Visit https://shareagfoundation.org.

Project: Sprinkler Irrigation Chururi, Bolivia

In Chururi, a small indigenous community in the Cochabamba department of Bolivia, water stress and serious soil erosion are putting farmers' production at risk and exacerbating poverty rates. To improve water efficiency and prevent further depletion of the soil, the current project will see the installation of a self-powered/gravity flow sprinkler irrigation system to replace the current open earth canal system. This is expected to result in a substantial increase in cultivated area, increase the production of main crops (potatoes, corn and broad beans), allow for the cultivation of new crop varieties and home gardens, and help provide economic sustainability to the Chururi community.

Gay Lea Foundation grant: $19,800 to complete the excavation, construction, and installation of the irrigation system, as well as provide technical support and training to community members.

We are very thankful for this support from The Gay Lea Foundation.  To learn more about our projects, including our work in Bolivia, please visit our project page.

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