SEEDS OF HOPE PROJECT

Cultivating Flourishing Communities through Food Security

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvane is participating in a group in her community that is learning agricultural skills and entrepreneurship to create food stability for her family and her neighbors in Burundi.

“My kids were sick, always sick. Many in our community are jobless and the old ways of growing food no longer work," she explained.

 
 

 

 

 

When food is hard to find.

Local Nazarene churches and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries are working together through agriculture, entrepreneurship, and education projects to address malnutrition and the illnesses that come with it. These projects are operating in Armenia, Burundi, Malawi, Sri Lanka, and Zambia.

In these nations, food insecurity looks like:

  • In Armenia, roughly 30% of the population are hungry, with an increased vulnerability for refugees who are resettling there due to a lack of access to consistent work
  • Poverty, rapid population growth, conflict, and increased incidents of climate-related crises have contributed to 50% of the population in Burundi suffering from daily hunger
  • Ongoing weather-related disasters, such as the recent Cyclone Freddy, are one contributing factor to food insecurity in Malawi
  • One community in Sri Lanka has relied primarily on fishing as a source of income and food production, however, over-fishing and population growth has led to a need for greater agricultural development
  • The long-lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to population growth, infertile soil, and frequent drought, have made rural families in Zambia more susceptible to hunger and malnutrition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local churches in Zambia are responding to food security needs through agricultural and entrepreneurship education, conservation farming, and focusing on sustainability for participants.

The distribution of maize, groundnuts, soybeans, cassava, sweet potatoes, and other vegetable seeds combined with training and ongoing support is providing encouragement and support for small-scale farmers like Musongo Paul.

“Before the project, I depended upon fishing which was so dangerous because we had to fish at night as it was the best time to catch," Paul said. "This project made me realize that there are so many things that I can do to change our situation at home. Life is so much better now because I have established a business which will eventually grow.”

 

 

 

 

How does the Sowing Hope project makes a difference?

When people have access to enough food, community health improves. Children can focus on schooling without the distraction of hunger. Illness can be more easily fought. Parents don't have to fret about their children's nutrition, and the elderly live longer lives.

Through the Sowing Hope project, lives are being transformed:

  • Churches in Armenia are training people in business practices that will enable them to provide for their families and employ neighbors
  • Farming supplies and agricultural education for leaders in Burundi, Malawi, Sri Lanka, and Zambia lead to flourishing crops that feed families
  • New savings groups are being formed, which allow farmers to save up and take out micro loans to expand their farms and grow their agriculture businesses

 

 

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You can be part of cultivating flourishing communities.

Your support will help address hunger and malnutrition for years to come. Give today to support this project through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.