The Gardens-of-Hope Project

FOSA sponsored previous projects in the past, including a garden in 1998. Unfortunately the Africa University student responsible for the project graduated and the garden was left unattended until Eric picked up the project last year. We were so impressed with Eric and his project, we agreed to raise sufficient funds that the project could be expanded and most important, be set up to continue operation in the future.

Our project will only require $5000.00 US. This will be sufficient for the first years operation which will include the purchase of goats, chickens, rabbits, and seeds for vegetables including tomatoes, onions, carrots, beans, wheat, and broccoli. In addition, the funds will be used for fencing to expand the existing garden, fertilizer, chemicals, labor, buildings and provision for the animals.

Every member of FCH will be involved in caring for some of the animals and garden projects. Each of the projects will either provided nutrition for the children and/or a means of additional income for FCH. As the project progresses, the children will be the primary caretakers of this project learning how to feed, clean and care for the animals and also water weed and plant crops. The responsibilities learned by the children will enhance their opportunities for work after finishing their education.

Excess vegetables are sold to Africa University located across the road from FCH. This will help fund the project on an ongoing basis.

A major goal will be that the project should be able to run on its own after a period of one or two years with the assistance of additional students from Africa University.

We are confident that this project will generate reliable sources of nutrition for the children and provide for additional income for the home from the sale of the excess milk meat hides vegetables and hide. The investment in a goat project will affect the lives of the children now and in the years to come.

An investment today is also an investment in tomorrow.

A faculty member of Africa University will closely monitor the release of the funds. In addition he will provide both business and technical assistance as required.

Those interested in helping can contact us at:

Hope@Gardens-of-Hope.org

“Go to the end of the path until you get to the gate. Go through the gate and head straight out towards the horizon. Keep going towards the horizon. Sit down and have a rest every now and again, but keep on going. Just keep on with it. Keep on going as far as you can. That's how you get there....”

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