When drought and famine come the step 1 is to feed the hungry. We have purchased several bags of maize (corn) and beans that have been distributed. We have shipped and distributed pre-packaged meals to schools, orphanages, and churches.
Step 2 was the initiation by local church leaders of the “Food for Work” program. Famine relief money was paid to people who haul sand, carry water, make bricks, dig wells, etc. so they can then purchase food. This approach gives people a hand up, rather than a hand out. Church and school buildings get built and work is provided for unemployed. The program allows people to maintain self esteem and have pride in being able to buy food and provide for their family.
Step 3 is to expand instruction in food production and as production increases, teach ways to preserve excess production. We are working with Healing Hands International to plan companion 3-day hands-on workshops in food production and food preservation. Participans are expected to “use what they learn and teach someone else”. Many trainees have developed 10 or more raised planting beds and taught 10 or more others in this new way of farming.
Step 4 is the development of cooperative efforts within the community. Rabbit raising, chicken raising, goat raising, hand digging wells, milling grain, filtering and purifying water, making bricks, making soap, marketing produce are examples of cooperative efforts that have begun.
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