Modern farming has arrived:
The gift of
the tractor and farm equipment will not only eliminate much
of the manual labor but move the ministry towards self-sustainability.
Thank you for this very special gift.
The Bunia Children’s Hope Center has been richly blessed
with land on which to grow crops, vegetables graze cattle
and house other animals. It is the goal of BCHC to become
self-sufficient, mostly through the farming operation.
Elsie Scaife worked with a doctor to develop a balanced
diet for the children. With that information, Fred and Elsie
worked with Furaha and Bisoke to determine what could be
grown to fulfill the dietary needs of the children. One
additional land was acquired, a vegetable garden was planted
and animals were purchased.
Today the vegetable garden produces many different types
of food for the children. A river borders the garden which
supplies the needed moisture during the dry season. Currently
the means of watering is done by hand. Pails are dipped
into the river and carried up the hill to the plants. Watering
cans distribute the water as needed. Once a tractor is acquired,
a pump will be purchased to work off the power take off
and allow for much less labor to be involved in that process.
Plus the tractor will allow for all of the land to be under
tillage. Today’s farm work is truly labor!
grown at two other locations along with 1000 banana plants.
The plants produced an abundance of bananas this year and
more are on the way. Of these two pieces of land, one is
bordered by a river. The river will be a source of irrigation
during the dry season.
Pictured below is the tribal chief of the community of Shari.
He has donated land to the Center. His only request was
to set apart a small portion of the land and develop it
as a soccer field for the children of Shari to use.