The project leader and his wife began the home for orphan children in response to the needs that they saw around them and over the years it has grown to the point where there are 54 children living in the home on the campus. There are normally around 30 orphans on the waiting list to be looked after in the home but space and finance are limiting factors.
As part of the food requirement for the children, the team seek to grow as much maize as is possible on available land. The government have provided extra land in the light of what they saw as a major contribution to meeting needs within the community.
A year or two ago the project began to employ a new system of growing maize which goes under the heading of Foundations for Farming. Methods of growing basic crops in Africa have remained unchanged for hundreds of years and it is very difficult to change entrenched mindsets. When operated efficiently the Foundations for Farming method can increase crop yield by as much as 800%.
The team have bought into this innovation and they are now producing greatly increased crops. Their willingness to change from traditional methods of farming is tangible evidence of their commitment to doing all they can to meet the needs that confront them.