Sunday, May 26, 2019
Feed The Hungry has launched a new ministry initiative in partnership with Farming God’s Way. We now have field agents working in Zambia, Malawi and Uganda to teach local families how to grow more crops and raise livestock more efficiently. This method of farming God’s way uses Biblical principles for farming with proper land management and technology to increase productivity.
And it works! By using these methods of farming and raising livestock, families grow and harvest more food to support themselves. Many improve their yields to have surplus crops to sell, bringing in money for other needs.
This is one more great step to move people from depending on outside help to a life of God-honouring self-sufficiency!
Going Where God is at Work
Feed The Hungry has always been a “church to church” ministry. For the past 30 years we have worked alongside native churches, Christian schools, medical groups and missionaries honouring the Lord and serving the poorest of the poor. When we partner with them our work together becomes far more effective.
God has blessed us with great partners across the globe. We know them and trust them. They are proven and stand the test of time. The end result is hungry people are fed and the Gospel spreads through the homes, communities and nations they serve, blessing the people and honouring the Lord.
Since 2012 the UK office has been supporting Tebuho setting up a 3 acre farm which the local widows volunteered to look after, from that came a gift of 15 pigs to start a piggery.
The piggery farm is highly successful going from an initial investment of paying for a mother with piglets to now a farm with 365 pigs – with the intention of growing to 1,000 pigs to enable sable source of income and provision of piglets to give to set up new farm projects. This project was started in 2014 and has been relatively self financing for a while.
The development of the piggery in 2012 has lead into 3 farms helping 3,000 children in various community schools (these are one step below main gov run schools though some teachers may be paid others are volunteers).They tend not to have school uniforms, cater to the poorest and are run out of rented rooms, even a football changing room on a football ground. (Masabuka showground community school)
The planning officer for mapping land is now a volunteer on the farms. Every farm co-ordinator I have met so far is giving their time for free! They simply recieve some food from the produce to live on. Farm workers get produce for consumption and some to sell.
In 2015 Tebuho tapped into the idea of speaking to elders of different districts to donate and allocate land for a nominal fee to turn into community farms that benefitted community schools, widows and the poor. This transfer is an agreement in writing with the chiefs and elders to use the land for the benefit of the community.
In early 2016 we went over to Zambia to inspect the work of Tebuho as to the quality of farming and to meet local officials and elders to see if this was viable and produced quantitative results that created impact.
The first piece of land which is 8 hectares in size was registered and set up, followed quickly by 2 other farms. There are now 6 farms registered, 5 of which have bore holes and the last one awaiting the drilling rig to arrive. The average depth of bore hole is around 40 meters which is soft soil and sand all the way down, a low cost price of £750-850 has been agreed for a number requested sites in a given area to make it viable for the drilling rig to be working for a couple of weeks at a time. Fencing is provided, and finance to provide seed.
Tebuho runs the day to day management of the foundation itself with each project having a community manager who is the liaison between the farms. This enables communication between the community schools, widows in the community, and vulnerable adults.
Each farm has a number of farm workers with a caretaker family, who themselves would have been without provision without these projects.
Here are Feed The Hungry we really care about supporting communities to become self sustainable. Hopefully this article has detailed just one of the ways we are working to do that.
Thank you again for your continued support.