Adressing challenges Due to the lack of a reintegration home and training center, we were not able to bring in more than 1 former child soldier to the farm right now and only scale-up for harvesting and trainings. This weakness is addressed with the project to construct the 1st reintegration home and training center on the farmland in Little Bassa.
Reintegration home and training center construction timeline We have started creating bricks necessary for the construction of the building in early November. Richard Darwo (Farm Manager and former child soldier) and the team have finished the 3400 bricks earlier than anticipated – on November 20th. We can now start with the construction of the foundation and go further step by step.
Former child soldiers constructing their reintegration home Moses Massaquoi, Joe Y. Matadi and Mathew Nangbah have moved out to the Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV) and together with Richard Darwo they are constructing bricks for the house. Moses Massaquoi and Mathew Nanagbah are former child soldiers previously living in the ghettos in Monrovia that were adopted by IDEFOCS and Action10.
Next steps The house is a crucial for the scaling of the program to reintegrate former child soldiers. With the reintegration home and training center, we have the possibility to provide a home to more former child soldiers and a storage room for tools needed on the farm. Once the house is established, we are able to increase the production on the farm with the cassava mil and let the entire community of Little Bassa benefit from it.
The bricks placed to dry
Sep 8, 2015
Former Child Soldiers Project Report
By Action10 - Christian Milz - Project Leader
Improved Cassava production on our farm managed by former child soldiers
Cassava processing is a rural enterprise which adds value to the product and increases the marketing opportunities for small and semi-subsistence farmers. At the moment there are constraints on current cassava production because farmers lack ways to preserve the cassava tubers. Instead the cassava tubers are only sold raw, rather than being refined and sold at a higher price.
Cassava with its relatively short life-span require processing or else deteriorates within two or three days after harvesting. Additionally, the roots need to have the cyanogenic glucocides (a highly toxic substance) reduced to a level which is acceptable for consumption. The traditional processing techniques are difficult, with washing, peeling, resting, fermenting and heat treatment being typical of the processing of for instance gari and fufu.
Action10 and IDEFOCS are undergoing plans to develop efficient ways of improving cassava production. Our aim is to teach the cassava farmers production techniques and employ the cassava tubers into other local foods. Furthermore, Action10 and IDEFOCS have plans to invest in a cassava mill machine and build a canopy in which the mill machine will stand. This will capacitate the cassava farmers to increase their cassava production and consequently provide an economic and social platform for our youth rehabilitation program.
Already received and all new coming donations help us to increase the cassava production in Little Bassa and will therefore lead to sustainable improvements of many.
Thank you for being with us on this journey and your generous support, Your Action10 Team
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Reintegration Project in Liberia. In this update I want you to meet Richard. Richard was a former child soldier who has been rehabilitated and reintegrated. He is currently taking care of the cassava farm at the center and loves his work. The cassava farm is doing well and we look forward to our first harvest (please see the attached pictures).
The President of our Program Partner IDEFOCS, Morris Matadi, reminds us "Together we can change the world".
The biggest need at this time is more funding so we can break ground on the building.