The end of the year is a time of reflection as we look back on the year and reminisce about everything we are thankful for. African Vision of Hope is no different. Looking back at 2019, it is evident that God has poured out His blessings through you and your generosity. Because you stepped in, much has been accomplished across the globe this year, including…
At first glance, Chongwe may appear to be a sleepy village dotting the rural landscape of Zambia. When you look a little closer, you see the crippling hardships these people face. Their strife is interfering with their ability to be educated, forcing the village’s children into child labor. Hundreds of families are living in extreme poverty, struggling to provide food for their families by farming or making mud bricks. The pursuit of a better life has been hampered by the lack of access to education.
Because of you, African Vision of Hope students are reaping the benefits of nutrition and community partnerships.
Stepping into rural Zambia is like taking a trip back in time. Farmers plow with oxen and plant and prepare fields by hand, without modern tools. This year, declining soil fertility and erratic rains have led to a poor harvest. Having a year-round income is the difference between survival and providing a life for your family.
The African Vision of Hope Conservation Farm is working together with partners to help adopt agricultural conservation practices and provide basic tools like oxen, sprayers, and planters. The farmers learn to plant early with minimal soil disturbance which provides greater water filtration. The results are increased production and a profit that farmers, like Naomi, can reinvest in their land. When people learn how to improve agriculture and farming techniques, they gain the ability to grow and maintain healthy crops, which provides higher yields and allows families to move out of extreme poverty. Left: Naomi is all smiles with her new corn planter and sprayer. In Zambia, 50% of the population relies on agriculture to survive and make a living.
The Conservation Farm is raising corn, okra, spinach, onions, beans, and chickens. This year, a low-cost irrigation reservoir was created to water crops during the drought and dry season. This year, the Farm produced over 20,000 pounds of crops! A portion of the profits is used to provide school fees and uniforms to children in the community and agricultural training to local farmers. The Farm also subsidizes the African Vision of Hope school lunch programs. Every child in school relies on the lunch program as this is the only meal many of these children will receive each day. Right: Joseph loves lunchtime at school. He enjoys nshima (porridge) and beans at African Vision of Hope School in Kafue.
It is because of you that all of this is possible! Thank you for your commitment to seeing little tummies filled and the lives of families transformed across the globe.
Pictured above: Charles, pictured left, a member of the African Vision of Hope Child Sponsorship and Rescue Team, talks to the father of an African Vision of Hope student about his family’s struggles. This father is building a hut for their family out of mud and sticks.
Above: John, Beatrice, Joy, and Martha show off the uniforms they are sewing. They participated in the African Vision of Hope Empowerment Training Program and graduated with their certificates. The program taught them valuable job skills that they are using to start their own businesses and support their families.