October 2021 brings another planting season for our projects. Last year, to manage the significant rise in food costs at market for our widows and orphans, we began renting plots and supplying seed and fertilizer for our vulnerable communities to grow their own food. With stores of seed from last year, supplemented by more fertilizer and the kind assistance of our project managers in both Tanzania and Zambia, preparations for planting is getting underway.
In Tanzania, the second phase of our agricultural project has started with several exciting developments. First, Titus Mashala (pictured above), our project lead, has created a new community care team to assist with helping the local vulnerable population. In addition, the second phase will see several widows and orphans, our first cohort, join the project to learn best practices for conservation farming and hopefully reap the benefit of their efforts when the harvest arrives. We are grateful to Titus for his stewardship of this program!
How can you help? We need donations to help purchase the seed, fertilizer and help with rental fees of the plots we are using for the benefit of the widows and orphans. Your dollars will help us continue to create sustainable programs and food security for the most vulnerable women and children in the communities served by Project HOPE. Why not make a gift today and plant hope for tomorrow!
After a successful launch in 2020 plans are in motion to once again plant crops to help feed widows and orphans. Not only does the effort help alleviate the impact of the significant price of food but also gives those who are vulnerable the chance to become self sustaining.
For our partner in Tanzania, Titus Mashala, this month begins Phase Two of the agriculture project started last year. Again, the land will be prepared and planted in anticipation of another successful harvest. Phase Two also means widows and orphans will be working along side Titus and his Community Care Team, learning how to effectively plant and maintain the plot.
In Zambia, Geoff and Martha Muvumbo will also be helping widows and orphans with plot rentals, seed and fertilizer resources, so that another harvest can be realized. These efforts substantially impact those who have no other resources and effectively offsets the cost of buying food while helping the vulnerable have a measure of self-sustainability.
If you would like to support these projects, please donate today. Your gifts at this critical time will have a significant impact.
After a successful spring harvest, maize is ready to be shelled. Widows and helpers tackle the task in Chipata under the supervision of Geoff Muvumbo, project manager in this part of Zambia. Donations to Project HOPE facilitated the renting of farmland and planting of crops, including this maize, so that widows and orphans could grow their own food.
Plans are already underway for the next planting in the Fall. By assisting with this farming effort Project HOPE is able to help vulnerable people grow their own food. The process not only provides food but also extra can be sold at market to generate a little income and seed can also be realized from the current harvest to lower costs of the next planting.
Our thanks to Geoff and Martha Muvumbo for providing this opportunity for many in their community who would otherwise not be able to do this. Geoff and Martha arrange the rental plots, purchase the seed and fertilizer while helping the widows and orphans prepare the ground for planting. There is significant manual labour involved but the harvest makes the sweat equity a good investment.
If you would like to support this project please consider making a donation to Project HOPE.
The work in Liberia continues as Fred Varnie, our project partner, cares for widows and orphans who have significant needs. Fred shared news in the past few days of a widow, Esther, that he purchased medicine for that she critically required. In this basic hospital setting, patients must pay for everything. The hospital had very little supplies but Fred provided funding through Project HOPE donations to assist.
Esther is just one of many widows served by Fred in Liberia. Without his care, many basic needs would not be provided and in this case, desperately needed medicine would not have been administered. Sadly, Esther did not survive.
We continue to support Fred, not only financially but with encouragement and our ongoing partnership to help him care for the most vulnerable in his community. For many, there is just no answer to avoid the loss of life but this does not deter Fred from seeking each day to bring hope to many lives.
Please consider helping us keep the resources available for Fred to serve in his community. Your donation today can make all the difference in the life of a widow or orphan who has no other answer or advocate.