Our food and agriculture project in Senegal, a primarily Muslim nation, trains young farmers on improved agriculture techniques with mentorship and discipleship. One student said God has transformed his life and his character through the program as he has learned how to grow food and has studied the Bible.
“God has changed me in the area of patience,” says Florentino Gomis. “The Word of God says there is a time for everything under the sun. But of course we also have to work before we can harvest the fruits.” Florentino now understands that with hard work and reliance on and trust in God, he can thrive and become a blessing to his family and community.
“The mini-farms that our interns have started this year are already looking really good,” says Joell one of the program managers there. “They have worked hard, and are starting to see the first results now.”
Vegetables are getting ready to harvest, and very soon the cereals will be ready too. Interns are showing signs of increased agricultural knowledge and skills. Each intern has taken charge of his individual 30- by 50-meter plot and we are seeing the results.”
The training provides hands-on experience in organic agriculture, livestock and poultry raising, tree farming, irrigation techniques and market gardening.
The Senegalese interns are also equipped with tools to apply their training at a village level, sharing knowledge with rural farmers in their communities.
Samaritan’s Purse Canada works in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America to help improve food security and empower people with the means to provide for themselves, their families, and even their communities.
We also provide training in establishing savings groups and small businesses marketing and selling their produce and products. As beneficiaries learn to manage their own money and plan for the future, they are empowered and less vulnerable to poverty, exploitation, and hunger.
“As our students begin to have produce to sell, we’ve been equipping them to increase their capacity to generate income,” says Joell. “We have been training them how to keep track of expenses and income in a notebook. Just recently they began to have produce ready to take to the market.”
Last year, not only did more than 35,500 people have receive emergency food assistance through projects like this, but more than 10,000 men and women were trained in agriculture and home gardening supporting not only their own families but also their communities and local economies.
In 2017, Samaritan’s Purse Food Projects:
• Trained more than 10,000 people in agriculture and home gardening
• Distributed over 1,250 livestock including pigs, cows, chickens, and goats
• Provided emergency food assistance to more than 35,500 people
Your gift will help those who suffer from malnutrition, like those living in Senegal, and will be used to provide hands-on training in basic farming and can help people transform the land on which they live unsustainable sources of food for their family and community.
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