Thank you, Green Hills!
An agricultural workshop at the Machitenda Primary School in Zimbabwe attracted 94 partcipants. The school had a garden, but it was often unproductive due to a lack of water and animals that frequently destroyed crops looking for something to eat. Local preacher, Leonard Maposa, and agriculture extension officer, Mercy Shawarira, taught the students sustainable farming techniques, including drip irrigation, which will help combat the dry conditions in the area. The school garden really needed a metal fence to protect it from roaming cattle. Thanks to your donation, one was provided and now more of the produce goes to feed the children.
Water is also scarce in this area. The school's agriculture teacher, Mavia Luwisi, said that local water sources are dry, impacting the school’s ability to grow vegetables for the students. The closest water source was a shallow well a kilometer from the school, but this water is used for drinking and dries up for part of the year. The lack of water in the area actually caused the agriculture workshop to be postponed so that the students could bring water from home to move forward with the hands-on portions of the workshop. But because of your donation, the people here now have a well that they can drink safe, clean water from!
The Difference It Made!
Despite the challenges, the students and community members completed the two-day workshop successfully and planted tomatoes, butternut squash, and cabbage in the raised beds they constructed.
“I challenge each and every one of you to assume the position of being class, school or community leaders by leading in implementing all the techniques you learned," said head of school Elina Rufasha.
"Our objective as a ministry is to ensure there is food security at the household level as well as nationally. We are glad to partner with HHI as they emphasize ‘Fighting Hunger," said agriculture extension officer, Sphephile Dewa.
Soon after the graduation and certification of participants, Leonard Maposa distributed World Bible School Introduction lessons, and encouraged the community to do their best with the garden in spite of the challenges facing them. Thanks to you, this community now has the skills and knowledge to grow their own food in a challenging environment.