Preparing a family meal
On a recent afternoon our Agriculture Coordinator, Tayak, was visiting the farms in the area around Old Fangak. His goal is to get a better idea of the outcomes of the agriculture project. In 2021 we were working with 200 farming households. Today we are working with over 400. Of those, 232 are female farmers. 2,456 children ages five to twelve live in our farming households.
It seems to be the same request every household Tayak visits. Families want more seeds and more tools. They want to be able feed their children fresh fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes. Watermelon. Okra. Carrots. Sukuma. Papaya. Food to sustain life in tough times. They want more tools to make the job easier. Watering cans, hoes and digging bars. Many people who are not currently part of our project are asking to join.
The news reports about hunger in South Sudan are dire. The country of South Sudan is bracing for the worst hunger crisis in its young history. Massive flooding damaged crops. Localized conflicts forcing people to leave their homes. International aid agencies unable to keep up with demand. It’s all leading to millions of people without enough food to feed themselves. Over 8 million people facing famine in the next months.
Yet, Tayak is meeting people every day whose situation is less severe. They have gardens. Their children are being fed as part of this project. It’s good news in an area where “good news” is not the usual.
We are hoping that we can distribute more seeds and tools before the rains of late summer make gardening almost impossible. Supporting this project will feed hungry children. It helps female farmers. It saves lives. Thank you for being part of such a worthy effort.
Surveying the farmers.
Discussing the program at community meeting.
Field surveys help guide better outcomes.