According to UNICEF, more than 30,000 children die each day from preventable causes. That's over 10 million per year! God loses one of his precious children every 3 seconds.
In November 2012, our Calvary Orphan Outreach Mission team began raising funds to help Pastor Sam and the orphans at the Faith Community Church orphan home establish a chicken farming project that would provide food for the orphans, vocational training for the orphans, and an income for the church. This would allow Pastor Sam's church to embark on a business venture to bring a sustainable income to the church and in turn fully support the orphan home and the orphans that reside there.
This farming project includes two chicken/egg production buildings that will house 2,000 chickens total and a variety of vegetables and fruits that will be harvested on a regular basis. The produce, eggs, and chickens that are not needed to feed the orphans will be sold or bartered in the local markets for additional provisions. This farming initiative is a win-win situation because it will allow the orphans to enjoy a more nutritious and varied diet as well as a badly needed income to support other expenses from the orphan home.
Within 75 days, God provided all of $14,300 needed to fully develop this farming plot. The first phase of development for the farming plot began with the construction of the security wall around the farm plot and the pit latrine. Each of the 11,000 blocks were made by hand and formed with the block making machine. Please see the pictures below to see how this project progressed.
The chicken house is almost complete!!
The finishing touches on the wall, March 2013.
The chicken buildings are under construction in March 2013.
Here are some pictures taken of the farm plot security wall construction project. - December 2012
The block making machine.
The new pit latrines at the farm plot. - December 2012
Pictures from the ministry's January 2012 trip to Jinja, Uganda.
A temporary chicken coop we helped them build in January 2012;
Notice the mosque's minerets in the back.
The finished chicken coop, now home to 12 donated chickens. The chickens were donated by a local women's ministry (one for each of the 12 disciples).
Prossy checking out the new chickens while some of the orphans at the home peer through the wire.
The group talking with Pastor Sam at the food plot before the ground was plowed the first time.
Saul and John clearing rocks from the newly plowed ground (above) and (below) they are cultivating a small section of the farm plot.
Here Stephen has decided to carry a bag of rocks on his head as he helps to clear the land.
The orphans helped the adults clear rocks and debris from the property after it was plowed.
Here Isaac is cultivating some of the ground after it was plowed.
Don't mess with Jen when she's got a Panga in her hand!
Doug and John checking out the newly plowed ground.
John and Mwajuma working at the farm plot. Nice shirt John T.!
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