Why is it strategic to immediately dedicate ourselves to agricultural development?
- It is estimated that only 2% of the arable land in this region of East Africa is being farmed, and the people are still living at a subsistence level that makes them vulnerable to famine.
- 95% of the population depends on agriculture. Currently, this region of East Africa faces one of the world’s worst humanitarian and food security situations.
- 50% of the region’s people are food insecure in the regions which were affected most by the civil war are entering a famine.
- More than 3 million people have been displaced by violence in this region of East Africa since mid-December 2013
- It was estimated (as of Dec. 2015) that about 2.4 million people are facing emergency levels of food insecurity and the outlook for 2016 is dire.
- Due to insecurity, food aid cannot reach all areas and other areas are becoming dependent on the food aid and not returning to farming.
- A study of education in the region found that in every school surveyed the number one barrier to learning identified was that the children were hungry and could not concentrate on their studies past mid-day.
The above statistics demonstrate why agriculture is an effective way to show the love, mercy and grace of Christ. We are excited because the government has given us more than 20 acres of land set up as a primary school and secondary school (11 buildings). We plan to reopen both as private Christian schools and allow secondary school students from more distant areas to board there.
Each student can raise their own funds for tuition from a commercial garden plot located on the campus. We would teach agricultural training and assist with the transportation and marketing of the produce for the students.
We envision that if we utilize the Community Health Evangelism model to address the issue of training of potential students in agriculture and record keeping, we could invite students that have proven themselves (profitability assessment) to transfer their plot to the school and immediately begin classes. In this way, even the poorest of the poor could get a quality Christian education and even save for college or future business opportunities.
The Community Health Evangelism model also provides the spiritual foundation for the local communities through small group accountability and also the needed emphasis on preventative medicine. When community transformation takes place and other communities see the transformation and want to follow suit the missionaries encourage the “transformed” community to continue the training in other communities (not the missionaries).
We hope that through enrolling students from different tribes, we can start to build bridges of reconciliation as students live, study, play sports, and work together. Further, relationships with the community leaders and families from each respective students’ community (local and inter-tribal) will provide opportunity for the expansion and replication of the Community Health Evangelism program and new schools through the work of the missionaries, the transformed community missionaries, and eventually through students returning
It is our hope and goal that visitors to the school will have a chance to be shown the school records and see for themselves how a high-quality school can be fully funded through local tuition. Further, we plan to provide teacher training and at the same time lay a foundation in Christian Worldview.
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