We Got a Farm!
Well ‘we’ is in the sense that our Tanzanian partner, Titus, was granted land by his local council to develop for the benefit of vulnerable widows and orphans served by Project HOPE. Due to the impact that Titus has had, community leaders approached him and offered the plot. Soon after the process of developing a long range plan for the gift began.
Helping struggling women and children by providing skills in the planting and harvesting of their own food will mean they can become self-sufficient. It was determined that this would be the best use of the land and currently cultivation is underway in preparation of planting several different crops to see what will grow best.
The first phase of the project will key in on the establishment of the farm by Titus and his community care team. Subsequent phases will see the development of educational and mentorship streams so that widows and orphans will have the opportunity to participate in learning conservation farming and growing their own food.
To establish the first phase Project HOPE needs $2,000 of seed money, literally, to purchase seed and fertilizer for planting this October. When the harvest takes place in January the viability of the next phase of the project will be determined based upon yield and the industry of the community care team.
We are very excited about this new program and need your help. Please consider donating to support this first phase and help us build our farm! To give, simply click HERE.
If you would like a copy of the business plan for this project, send us an email at email@example.com and request the “Tanzanian Agricultural College Concept Document”.
Orphan brothers are featured this month in our October 2020 Calendar of HOPE. The boys attend the Quarry School and are caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, hunger, hopelessness and risk. While the Quarry School has been a life raft for them and a path to a better future, the pandemic closures have once again thrown another barrier up and created more chaos in the cycle of despair they face each day. With the school closed, their one safe haven is also gone.
Project HOPE continues in these uncertain days to feed at-risk women and children while the world awaits an answer for the virus. Inflation and shortages have significantly impacted access to basic food resources like mealie meal for the widows and orphans. We have been funding the purchase of rice, mealie meal and other staples in bulk which are then repackaged and distributed to those who are starving.
Next up, since it is planting season, Project HOPE is financing the rental of farm land and purchasing seed and fertilizer in bulk. Through the leadership of our project partners, the vulnerable can plant crops for hopefully what will be a bountiful January harvest to offset the lack of food resources.
Please consider helping us today. Every gift right now for Project HOPE is saving lives. Help us keep the brothers and many others fed during these challenging times. Your donation today will give HOPE.
While this Fall is much different than any we have experienced Project HOPE continues to support our partners in Africa as they serve widows and orphans. The pandemic has affected all of us, financially, physically and emotionally. Since June we have had an almost complete halt to the flow of donations and we hope the Fall season brings a change in our economic status.
Through this hardship we still monthly support our partners and projects. As the image from our September Calendar of HOPE shares, we have many orphans that need help. Please consider making a gift today so that we can continue to serve those who are most vulnerable.
The pandemic continues to pose significant challenges for everyone. Project HOPE is trying to navigate these uncertain times both in Canada and in Africa. Just as closures and measures to try and stem the spread of the virus has impacted day to day activities, our projects are also under duress. While donations have diminished, we strive to maintain monthly support to our project partners serving those who are especially vulnerable at this time. Inflation, food shortages and fear have impacted widows and orphans.
This month’s Calendar of HOPE photograph continues our focus on the Quarry School in Lusaka, Zambia. While the school is also impacted by the virus, we look to the future when we hope to see the school wall constructed and classes for all our orphans continue. Once there are some solutions to the pandemic and things begin to open again, Project HOPE is anxious to see the children at the school. We are also hoping that we are able to raise the funds needed for the school wall to create a safe environment.
If you can help us continue to serve the most vulnerable widows and orphans in these difficult times, please consider making a gift today.