The ponds are full. There is greenery around. The Familia Moja Team are preparing the fields, making and adding compost and building up the growing beds to ensure they are above the mud.
Here they are preparing for the market gardens for the dry season. The beds are prepared with green manure to aid growing and improve the soil so they get a better crop. This is backbreaking work. It takes 4 people one day to do one row.
And making the compost is hard work too! It is made from 40% dry material, 40 % green leaves, 10% cow manure and 10 % of woody stuff like wood shavings.
Last year the FMI Team prepared half an acre of land and planted onions. Although the year wasn’t very good for the whole country, the team harvested three 100 kilograms bags of produce which was a success and encouraging.
At the end of last year, the team prepared another half acre for planting another garden in 2020. While doing this they trained 12 local people on agriculture best practice: how to prepare composts and how to take care of the environment through choosing plant species such as Mucuna [also known as ‘velvet beans’ – see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mucuna_pruriens] that help to add nitrogen to the soil of their land as well as producing greenery for the compost.
This year they have also prepared another 2 acres of land ready to plant maize during these early months of the year which are Tanzania’s ‘rainy season’.
Please pray that all of this hard work will pay off and provide food for local families over the next year. However, the whole lot is somewhat at risk as some parts of East Africa are seeing some of the worst plagues of locusts for many years. [See the Channel 4 report at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dOD0LCa6Jg ] There are two main risks – firstly that the locusts will reach Tanzania and secondly that Tanzanian food will be bought up by other African countries and there will then not be enough for the Tanzanian people.
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’Jesus of Nazareth
When not involved in the agricultural work, the small team are also providing medical and social care to some of the poorest in the local area. In 2019, 676 household visits were made to 45 households reaching 130 family members for client services. During these care visits they provided food supplies and home-based care treatment such as wound dressing for 16 clients and medication to 45 chronically ill patients. FMI were also able to provide [thanks to your generosity] some of these clients with access to hospital care by providing transport, paying for their medical costs and food costs while there and looking after family members left at home.
You can read more about this work in the Annual Report from Familia Moja Itetemia which you can access using the link above.
Thank you for your generous support and prayers.