Harvest Time Approaching

In October 2013 the ECRAD farm was ready for year ahead.

The plan is to have 3 harvests per year to create a sustainable food program to provide food and income.

It costs £900 alone in fertilizer for each harvest.

Maize Fields
Maize Fields

In March 2014, the first fruits can be seen of the good work put in by the ECRAD farm team.

Maize is  a good size
Maize is a good size
Elisa and Derek in Maize field
Elisa and Derek in Maize field

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Patrick joined ECRAD during 2013 and together with 2 farm workers looks after the ECRAD site and farm.

In the picture below, an area at the bottom of the site has been planted with sweet potato to diversify the crop.

In the background is the nursery space and outdoor kitchen, where the ECRAD orphans are fed each day.

Patrick and Malison in new area of Sweet Potatoes
Patrick and Malison in new area of Sweet Potatoes

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Pray that this effort can be sustained and that the next harvests are as bountiful.

School Desks for Zioya Primary School

School Buildings
School Buildings

Zioya Primary School sits on the Ecrad site along with Orphan Care Centre.

The primary school consists of 3 buildings with 10 teachers and up to 600 children including 100 orphans.

Classrooms at Zioya Primary School are a simple affair.

Open space, no desks, little paper, a blackboard and lots of children.

School Classroom
School Classroom

With no chairs or desks, the only option is to sit on the dusty floor.

School Classroom
School Classroom

Ecrad supports the education program by supplying 2 of the teachers, running water and toilet facilities.

The Ecrad site also provide a safe place to play games such as football and netball.

The teaching staff are desperate for desks to further improve the education capability and during a visit by ECRAD Scotland in 2013 asked if Ecrad could help to make this happen.

A wooden desk is estimated to cost £25 and and a target for Ecrad this year is to raise £2,500 for 100 desks to be built locally.