Provision of Hope’s Organic Agriculture Trainers are thrilled to have our own farm land!
This is a dream come true for Kelvin Taweh who is standing beside one of the corner posts on our 2 acre property in Fendell, near Mt. Barclay. Both Kelvin and Joseph Sackie went to Kenya in 2013 to take Organic Agricultural Training through Organics 4 Orphans now called Thrive. They came back to Liberia in 2014 passionate to start training farmers at home. They have been diligently working in various communities since then! Year after year they would ask when we could set up our own demonstration garden, so the farmers they train, could see first hand what we have been showing them through power point workshops. Have a look at their work and progress Organic Farming Grows Health in Liberia.
Thank you again for those who donated so we could buy this land!!
Others donated to help us buy seeds and tools and help us pay our local workers. We will keep updating you on this project from time to time to show you our progress.
Liberia confirmed it’s first case of the Corona Virus on March 16th. This is news nobody wanted to hear! On March 20th they confirmed their 3rd case. This country was hit so hard with the Ebola virus that ended just four years ago. No wonder everyone is afraid of another pandemic. The Republic of Liberia’s Ministry of Health has declared Liberia a National Health Emergency and has designated Montserrado and Margibi Counties as infected areas. They have ordered that their schools, churches, bars, hair salons and entertainment centers all be closed. Read more here Government Declares National Health Emergency.
Provision of Hope is making sure that all our homes and children are safe. We are buying up sanitary water buckets with proper bacterial soap in dispensers and instructing everyone to do proper hand washing using the same techniques as in the Ebola days. Everyone is social distancing in Liberia too and encouraged to stay home. We are providing extra funding in advance so our homes can buy additional food, should they be closing more and more markets.
Our widows came out to get their bags of rice and oil on Saturday. They all washed their hands, before taking their bags of supplies. No sitting on benches and gathering as usual.
Organic Agriculture is becoming a major part of the daily activities at Civil Compound School. This school is situated in a farming community where many could benefit with the knowledge we are bringing to this school. It is great to see both teachers and students involved in making these gardens a success! This is a fantastic school program. It’s a pleasure working with the staff at this school and the students who delight in taking part.
We like to have classroom time to teach the students the value of nutritional plants. Plants like kale and collard greens, moringa and artemisia are all so valuable. Moringa is called the miracle tree because of its high potency in vitamins, protein and minerals. The 2015 Nobel prize winner for Medicine was a person whose research confirmed that Artemisia is powerful to stop Malaria. https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2015/press.html
This school is funded by Serve the Children in the US with President Dr. Doug Collier and their board of directors. Local leadership in Liberia oversees this network of schools called “All God’s Children”. A couple of years ago, Provision of Hope was asked to partner with this school. We said yes! Thank you to all those who sponsor a student at Civil Compound, through Provision of Hope. If anyone would like to sponsor a student, please do get in touch with us. These students do not have their own funding to go to school. They are from very poor homes. Serve the Children offers free tuition to these students.
We will continue our training in Organic Nutritional Agriculture all over Liberia. Hopefully by January 2016, Dale Bolton, Founder of Organics4Orphans, will have a school curriculum ready for teaching this in our schools. This country is in the rain forest with rich soil that produces excellent crops when properly cared for. This is one of our most worthy endeavors since our first going to Liberia in 2003. It takes time and it takes local Liberians who grasp the value of nutrition in their diets, to make this program succeed. We are starting to see that happening!
We want to thank Jacob Lotodo who came from Kenya’s Organics 4 Orphan’s program to help us get started in Liberia. We also want to thank our very own Kelvin Taweh and Joseph Sackie who went over to Kenya to take the Organic Agricultural Training. Thanks to Dale Bolton, Founder of O4O and Carl Thompson who introduced us to this field, then for coming to Liberia in February 2014 to hold training sessions with us.
We have Organic Gardens at our Hope Homes and they are growing many varieties of vegetables and other nutritional food which is a real benefit to the children.
If anyone would like to donate towards our organic garden projects we would welcome your help. Our team is hoping to go back to the Civil Compound School this next week with more seeds, more hoes, watering cans, garden tools, manure etc. The costs for the next phase of this project is $ 585.00.
We are pleased at the progress of our Provision Gardens Projects. In February 2014 we had Dale Bolton from Organics4Orphans, and Carl and Kathy Thompson join us for training sessions in organic nutritional gardening. They held a workshop for 50 plus people including NGO’s, School Administrators and Agriculturalists all ready to start these nutritional gardens. Without a doubt it will affect their diets in the months to come, boosting everyone’s immune systems. Various schools are wanting to make this a part of their agricultural studies. We will focus mostly on schools in the farming regions.
Eric and Kamah’s garden is doing really well. They are now eating vegetables from their own garden. They no longer need to buy them at the market. Provision of Hope is introducing gardening to all our Children’s Homes. This will really boost their nutritional intake.
OUR GOALS ARE : A. FOOD SECURITY B. NUTRITION C. DISEASE PREVENTION D. INCOME CREATION
Jacob is an intern who will be working with Provision Gardens for 2 yrs. He is a hard worker and a great teacher. Our goal is to have all our Children’s Homes growing all their own vegetables. There is so much added nutrition in plants like kale, moringa, collard greens, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, potato greens etc.
Ebola did set us back in these projects due to the fact that schools were closed and our team was restricted in traveling but now we are ready to move forward in all our established projects.
This project is one of the MOST VALUABLE of all the projects we have invested in Liberia. It is bringing HEALTH and NUTRITION to the poorest communities. Liberia’s soil is rich and it is located in the rain forest. Liberia is prime for agriculture. Our NUTRITIONAL TEACHING is focusing on introducing green leaf crops that have 90 x more nutritional density than rice. Kale is known to have 1,000 to White Rice 11 according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Nutrient Density Chart.
If you would like to invest in our Provision Gardens we will see more and more of our children become healthy!