WHAT WE DO
2 Seconds Or Less is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combatting malnutrition in Zimbabwe, Africa. By planting nutrition gardens at government schools, we empower children in Zimbabwe through education in sustainable farming.
According to the World Bank, growth in agriculture has at least twice the potential impact of any other sector for reducing poverty around the world. It has the ability to support livelihood through sustainable income generation and holistic health care. Through our program, students learn that to grow up and become a farmer is not a desperate end, but a hopeful beginning.
WHERE WE WORK
At 2 Seconds Or Less, we consider our mission to be 50/50. Fifty percent to empower the people of Zimbabwe to rise above the cycle of poverty, and fifty percent to empower the youth of our nation to rise above indifference, to stand up and do something beyond themselves to better the world. Sometimes one decision, one passion, or one crazy idea is all that it takes.
Zimbabwe is currently rated as the second poorest country in the world. However, Zimbabwe is difficult to reach with foreign aid, due to its elevated political and racial tensions. We work in Zimbabwe because we can work where few others are able to.
We picked Zimbabwe because it is one nation in need, and we are passionate about sustainable, intentional change; because we believe that to invest deeply is greater than to invest widely. Until Zimbabwe is free from the crippling effects of malnutrition, we will continue to fight for its end.
WHAT MATTERS MOST
We believe sustainable solutions are the only solutions.
Why would we feed Zimbabwe for a day, when we could feed Zimbabwe for life? 2 Seconds Or Less fights for the hope of sustainable change. This means that everything we do is locally sourced, easily replicated, and self-sustaining.
The youth of the world is its future leaders.
What better way to change the world than to empower the next generation: its future leaders? 2 Seconds Or Less exists to provide empowerment rather than dependency. We run on the inspiration that little people can do big things and exemplify it by every action of radical faith.
Education will single-handedly end the cycle of poverty that exists around the world.
Why would we simply hand a child a single vegetable, when instead, we could teach them all to grow them? 2 Seconds Or Less doesn’t just plant nutrition gardens in Zimbabwe. We plant nutrition gardens alongside students and community members to educate and promote exponential change throughout the nation of Zimbabwe.
1 John 4:19: We love because he first loved us.
Our faith is the most crucial aspect of our work both as individuals and as an organization. It guides our work and lives; providing the lynchpin for the message of salvation and a guiding light for the difficult questions and tough circumstances that are inevitable in ministry. “Therefore since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.” (2 Corinthians 4:1) The message of salvation is our end goal, and planting nutrition gardens is one way of showing the love that Christ first showed us.
In two years, we’ve planted gardens for over 3,000 children in Zimbabwe. In two years, I’ve had more near-death experiences than I wanted in a lifetime. In two years, I’ve seen more people cry from happiness than I have in the last 21. In two years, my blood pressure has undoubtedly risen at least 10 points. In two years, I’ve made better friends than what I thought the word “best” could ever mean. In two years, I’ve learned to understand that the word “miracle” could be an understatement. In two years, we’ve loved and lost, laughed and cried probably an equal amount, but we’ve learned what it means to experience the highest mountains and the lowest valleys and that you come out stronger in the end for the journey it was.
I am who I am because you are who you are. It’s one of the first words I learned in Zimbabwe and still the one that means the most. I am who I am because of all of you who’ve changed my life in little ways, day by day. I look forward to the rest.
~ Kelsey Hare