This year, we had a bumper harvest from our farm in Mawuli School in the Volta region of Ghana. This is due to the hard work and commitment of our partner school, Mawuli School and volunteer students who stayed committed to the goals of the School Farms Program.
On the 11th of September 2018, we welcomed GlobalGiving staff, Emma & Heather to our Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM) office in Ho, Volta region. As part of GlobalGiving's Evaluation Program, our organization has been selected to gain further understanding of GlobalGiving's vision and how to leverage GlobalGiving to raise funds for our project.
Here is our harvest from our school farm in Mawuli School. We harvested beetroot. Beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant. Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate(naturally occurring folic acid). It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants (notably betacyanin). More recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.
On the 30th of August 2018, we harvested these cabbages from our school farm. These were cultivated by our students in Mawuli School.
A few months ago, we cultivated carrot, cabbage and beetroot and now the cabbage is ready for harvest. Thanks to all those who helped during the volunteerism to work on the farm and in cultivating these crops.
On the 4Th of August 2018, we called for community members to volunteer time to work on Mawuli School Farm as part of our Community Volunteer Day event.
When schools are on vacation, we depend on community members for labour on our farms through our Community Volunteer Day event. Ten (10) community members responded to our call and participated fully. We are grateful for their selfless support. These volunteers are our community builders. We are proud of their commitment.
International Youth Day Event:
On 12th of August 2018, marked the 19th United Nations International Youth Day Celebration and the year’s theme was dubbed “safe spaces for the youth”. We used the day to drive home the core message of our project that the youth is a great resource to the development of any nation and it is important to celebrate, appreciate and use this day to call for safe spaces for their development.
We reiterate the need to create safe spaces where they can come together to engage effectively in activities related to their diverse interests and participate in decision-making processes for their growth and development. At school farms, we do not only produce supplementary food crops for school meals but we also use our school farms as safe spaces for experiential learning for agriculture entrepreneurial skills development.
From 20 -21 August 2018, 100s of policymakers, development partners, youth leaders, private sector players, women and youth organizations, civil society organizations, research and academia will gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, for what seems to be FAO’s biggest regional conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to Ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship. Our founder, Alfred Godwin Adjabeng was invited by the Food and Agriculture Organization to participate in this all-important conference.