The Humpty Dumpty Institute and its partner, Project RENEW, recently reached several important milestones as part of its “Mushrooms with a Mission” program. HDI announced last month that in June proceeds from the sale of mushrooms and spawn are expected to exceed $50,000 for the first six months of this year. This is a monumental accomplishment – in 2012 the total revenue for the “Mushrooms with a Mission” program was only $22,000. The other major accomplishment is the program’s participation total; “Mushrooms with a Mission” recently surpassed the 200 mark in the number of families participating in the program. HDI hopes to reach 1,000 families by 2015, a goal that is on track with the current rate of growth.
“Mushrooms with a Mission” was begun to improve the economic and social status of those living in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province, specifically those in female-headed households, certain ethnic groups and disable survivors of landmine accidents. Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, this program provides participants with the tools and training necessary to grow and sell a variety of mushroom species.
Constance Milstein is a co-founder of the Humpty Dumpty Institute and serves as Chairman Emeritus. She serves as board member for a number of non-profit organizations including Blue Star Families and CURE.