AFCA will set up 3 greenhouses for orphaned girls who were abused by their guardians. Girls will gain incredible skills for their future: set up the greenhouse, set up an irrigation system, mulch, grow seedlings, plant, fertilize, harvest, market, and sell produce. They also learn traditional field farming. With a little under half the proceeds going into their personal bank accounts, the girls have funds for the day they leave the orphanage! They leave with skills, a savings account and hope.
Statistics show that in Zimbabwe, thousands of children will spend the night in fear of abuse, sexual molestation by family members or relatives, while others will be selling their bodies in forced prostitution. One in every three girls in Zimbabwe will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18. These kids need a safe place where they can learn their value and where they can learn skills which will set them up for a future where they can provide for themselves in healthy ways.
AFCA provides the tools for adolescent girls to learn farming inside and outside of a greenhouse environment. The girls will learn valuable farming skills, as well as greenhouse set up and management, marketing, packaging, sales, budgeting, and savings. Throughout their years in training, the girls also receive regular schooling and counseling. The girls will have skills that will last them their entire lives by the time they leave the orphanage in which they currently live - what a gift!
The long term impact of this project is huge - 40 girls per year, who never thought of themselves as worthy, will become confident, trained women who are able to work and earn a living to sustain themselves and their children. They will leave the orphanage with money saved in order to start their own business and to provide for their families, not being dependent on external help.