We are getting close! Crops are maturing and we are anticipating a good harvest in Tanzania. The first phase of this new project is coming to a close and we are looking to have significant research done to inform our next steps in this exciting venture. Titus Mashala and his team have been working diligently putting in lots of sweat equity to make sure this first harvest is successful.
In the coming weeks much data will be collected as the harvest gets underway. In partnership with several key subject matter experts, Project HOPE will be undertaking the second phase of this project. With a lot of work still to come the goal is to provide skills development for vulnerable people so that they can learn best practices to become self-sustaining. We look forward to sharing more exciting news as this endeavor develops.
In the final months of 2020 we provided funds for Geoff and Martha Muvumbo in Chipata, Zambia, to rent farmland and assist widows and orphans with seed and fertilizer. By planting their own crops, the women and children would be able to feed themselves once crops were ready for harvesting. Now, in early February 2021 the fruits of their labour are evident.
As the picture above shows, the crops are coming along nicely and we are anticipating that the participants will not only have food to eat but also extra to sell at market. This process will greatly improve their ability to be self-sustaining and also extend the impact of donations to Project HOPE. By helping this little community of vulnerable people with tools and resources, their industry gives them a future. While they could not afford the land rental, seed and fertilizer costs, they did not lack for effort when it came to the hard work of tilling the land and planting. Now with weeding and maintenance they are seeing the results of their hard work.
We are grateful to those who assisted with donations for this program. We will be helping again with the next planting season and extending our efforts to help more widows and orphans become self-sustaining. If you would like to help, please consider making a gift today.
Happy New Year! 2020 is officially in the history books and we look to this new year for better, healthier days with an answer to the pandemic. While the good news of vaccine roll out is encouraging, 2021 will still pose challenges for all of us. But, on this day, we want to celebrate the positive moments from 2020 and the hope we have for the months ahead.
While we did not produce a paper version of our annual Calendar of HOPE, we will continue to bring you images from our projects each month on our website. The picture above captures an exciting day at Nyangombe when all the local villages turned up to cheer on the teams who played for the local championship in a hotly contested football (soccer) match. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon with a huge crowd appreciating the efforts of the players on both sides. Such moments of sheer joy and unbridled carefree fun are few and far between in this part of the world. Nyangombe took home the win!
It is always great to be able to gather with kids from the villages surrounding Nyangombe in Zambia. In May 2019, a crowd of orphans supported by Project HOPE, joined Charles Kafweta and Christopher Graves for a Saturday morning filled with sharing and stories of life in the village.
These moments, hearing kids voice messages of challenge and struggle they face, along with moments of small victories, inform and educate Project HOPE. This communication creates community and a shared purpose to serve where needs are greatest. In addition to this meeting, Charles and Christopher also worked their way around to all the local villages to visit kids in their own homes. These site visits also help to shape understanding of the circumstances endured by children with no family or resources. It is amazing to consider the success they accomplish in school despite great hardship.
We continue to support these vulnerable boys and girls especially during the pandemic. While school attendance is a challenge, feeding and bringing basic resources are necessary to help them weather the storm of hunger and poverty. Please consider a gift this Christmas to help us save lives. Your donation will bring hope to a young life!