Director, Founder of the Garden of Hope
Claire started the Garden of Hope 2014 while working as a kindergarten teacher at the Education for the Children Foundation’s School of Hope. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Claire’s first word was “outside,” and to this day she spends as much time in nature as weather allows. She believes that everyone has the right to have access to safe green spaces, and the Garden is her way of giving this back. You can catch Claire … actually, you’ll have a hard time catching Claire in one place for too long. She is the cog that makes the Garden’s engine go. Constantly bouncing between schools, classes, garden beds and other crucial Garden dealings, Claire makes sure the community surrounding the Garden of Hope is on the right path to a healthy and happy future. What get’s Claire garden giddy? Painting, planting and picnics.
Salina Duncan has been living with her family in Guatemala for the past eight years, focusing her energy on the issues of poor access to food, water and education. She holds a Master of Public Health degree, her permaculture design certification and is a certified Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner. She is an advocate of children’s rights and holistic learning. Salina believes in the permaculture principles and the Garden of Hope as a step toward a solution to hunger and malnutrition in the community.
Marvin graduated from the School of Hope and is now in his second year at the University Mariano Galvez, where he is studying to become at architect. He has worked with the Garden of Hope since 2016, helping us keep the weeds down and production high. Marvin is a jack of all trades who enjoys doing a little bit of everything in the garden.
Nicole Chacon studies Social Work with an emphasis in Development Management at University Rafael Landivar. She has experience teaching gardening, art, and library classes at the primary grade level.