Farmers support community orphans in Mozambique

Farmers support community orphans in Mozambique

As food supplies in FRB’s Mozambique-Tete-Mutarara communities improve using the conservation farming methods offered in the program’s trainings, there is more food available for orphaned children. Orphans and orphan-headed households are among those who receive training and encouragement in this community-wide food security program. Because it requires less time to prepare and plant fields using sustainable techniques like planting in holes and conserving moisture by mulching, children who are otherwise required to help in the fields are able to attend school and even have time to play.

During the last cropping seasons of both rain-fed and irrigated crops, program participants were able to support 63 orphans in the Mutarara district with about 10 kg each of a variety of foods like maize and vegetables. The food was harvested from the Learning Centers – demonstration plots where the program’s “champion farmers” are trained, and from which they then go on to share their new knowledge with other farmers in their communities.

However, a recent report from Tete-Mutarara indicated that “this pleasant development of communities providing food support for orphans is now being threatened by the recent high rainfalls that have swept through many communities across Mozambique, leading to thousands being displaced from their homes and dozens dead due to flooding. All the Mutarara communities have been affected by the floods, which have inundated farmlands and rendered some areas completely inaccessible.

This has severe negative consequences, including the destruction of farmland by erosion and the loss of crops, animals and people’s entire investments and means of livelihood. Please join us in praying for Mozambique’s farmers that soon the floods will subside to enable them to recover from this shock so that they can continue to have a positive impact in the lives of the orphaned children in their care.”

FRB's Mozambique Tete-Mutarara Program encompasses 3 communities, 1200 households and 6000 individuals

03/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment