In order to support the local communities that we work with in Tabora, there is a need to provide the basic necessities such as water. Water to drink, water to irrigate your food crops, water for the animals and water to restore the land to make it productive and fertile again.
We have struggled this year with building ponds – partly due to it being so wet; too wet to use heavy machinery to dig. And partly because the machinery wasn’t available. There is an election coming and roads need to be repaired!
But we are pleased to say that we have just completed two more ponds, the latest being the biggest so far [though we are not entirely sure it was planned this way!]
Thank you to all of you who have donated in order to make these a reality. They really do make a difference when the rains fail to arrive as hoped for.
Crops [when others have none]
Most amazingly, God answered our prayers about Tanzania being spared a significant problem in this worldwide pandemic. This is amazing, particularly as any shutdown other than the early school closures (a week before the UK lockdown started) would have directly resulted in essential food crises for a significant part of the population.
Our prayers were also answered regards the rice harvest! Even we managed to harvest a bumper crop of 32 ‘sacks of rice, even though we harvested only 9 sacks of maize (and we had hoped for double.) That having been said, this maize harvest was much better than most saw, and encouraged us by proving that our method [known locally as ‘Farming God’s Way’] does stabilize crops.
The groups of worker using this method have been working very hard; initially planting and harvesting maize and rice and then preparing compost and market gardens for the dry season. The first field of watermelons are ripening. And a second field is beginning to show promising signs of growth. The watering is truly back-breaking work, and too much really for the 5 regular members (Maduma and Neema are usually looking after clients most days). We are urgently searching for a specialist in ‘drip irrigation’, for the next market gardens so we can more efficiently irrigate out gardens.
We thank God that [with your help] the work to restore the land is bearing fruit and that FMI have food stores in place to feed our clients through the next few months.