Africa's Promise Village is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before. We have four exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.
The long-term vision for our newly fenced garden includes the following:
A large garden has been planted with the goal of producing fresh vegetables for up to 300 children a day. When fully producing, we will have vegetables such as yams, potatoes, onions, celery, red and white beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage, beets, carrots, kale, watermelon, cantaloupe, musk melon and many native plants with high nutritional value.
We envision children at all levels of student joining Allie, our gardener, in the garden each day to prepare soil, plant seeds and plants, weed their garden and assisted in the harvest.
They will be learning life skills and will learn to say, read, write and identify the plants as a part of our culturally appropriate STEAM curriculum, teaching Science, (the life cycle of the plants and their appropriate care), Technology, (use of modern tools), Engineering as they build trellis and other supports such as vertical gardening structures, Art as they draw, illustrate or paint the produce, learning to label, read, write and spell the scientific names of the plants, and Math-estimating such things as rain fall, growth cycles, plant life and so much more.
No part of a plant will be wasted! Those vegetables with stems or tops that are not editable will be fed to our flock of laying hens.
The chicken manure will be used to enrich the garden and greenhouse soil.
Surplus produce will be taken to the market to be sold and the revenue will be put back into the farm account to replenish the plants and seeds as needed.
Our garden is just getting started. We are looking forward to the many benefits that the garden will provide to the students and the school.
The greenhouse allows Allie, our gardener, to teach our children about plants that grow better in a sheltered environment.
They will learn to plant and nurture delicate plants and how to use herbs and spices to enhance the food they grow and eat. Allie will teach them how to use the scent of plants to reduce insect activity.
Our garden and greenhouse will be chemical-free and organic to promote maximum health in our young charges.
We now have two greenhouses - a small one and a commercial greenhouse (completed summer 2020). Between the greenhouses and our garden, we are supplying 90% of the food for the school children and staff. To donate to our commercial greenhouse fund for on-going expenses, please select the button below.
Additionally, we are also looking for skilled gardeners who are interested in traveling to Tanzania to teach hands-on techniques.
In late summer 2020, we finished building a poultry house.
The rooms of the poultry house include one for newly hatched chicks, one for pullets, and the room for laying hens plus the outdoor wire "playpen" for the hens which gives them the opportunity to scratch for bugs and to have fresh air. The garden and greenhouse scraps are used as feed. The area is fully covered with wire to prevent loss to predators.
We have added an incubator room to the poultry house. The incubator requires a generator that will be used until electricity can be brought to the area (Spring 2021 estimation). The eggs will remain at a stable temperature until they hatch. The cost for the incubator and generator was $2800. Hatching the chicks helps to make the project sustainable. As of this writing, October 2020, we are happy to report the hens have begun laying!!!
The school headmaster and their assistant manage the poultry house. They will help teach the children how to care for and raise chickens.
As funds become available, we would like to supply each child and their family with a beginning flock to raise for meat and eggs for their own family. That would go a long way toward reducing food insecurity in the area. Each chicken costs $3.
If you'd like to assist in the poultry project to increase food security for the children, please click the button below.
Presently our orchard is just a dream.
Once we have a stable water supply from our new well we will be ready to plant orange, lemon, limes, grapefruit, banana and other fruit trees known to thrive in our Tanzanian soil.
The fruit from the trees will provide an important source of vitamins for children and when trees are fully mature and producing in sufficient quantities the surplus fruit will be sold in the market. Each tree is estimated to cost $10.
The Promise Village orchard is a dream on our wish list. The donation of trees would be greatly appreciated.