Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers

by Seeds for Growth Foundation
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Food and Income for 500 Sierra Leone Farmers
Rice donation to farmer familys in Malal chiefdom
Rice donation to farmer familys in Malal chiefdom

COVID-19 UPDATE

With a relatively low official number of 2390 cases and 74 casualties by today, Tuesday october 27th, Sierra Leone seems to be more succesful than many other countries in the world.

But due to the fact that the majority of the people depend on their farming and additional daily work for their income, many people still suffer from the economic crisis.

And, although, according to the UK Governments recent COVID-19 update, there are currently no restrictions on travel in Sierra Leone but COVID-19 measures are still including an over-night curfew and the compulsory wearing of a face-mask or face-covering in public are in force.

SURVIVE NOW, OR SUPPORT NEXT CROPPING SEASON?

After a very difficult consideration and discussion with the board members and local project management between two options:
A) provide food to survive now, or
B) provide seeds and support for the future harvest
we finally decided to provide food to survive. See the picture on top..

The rice has been distributed in august/september, leaving us behind with an almost empty bankaccount.

At this moment we are focussing on the next few months to start fundraising again, to be able to support the farmers at the start of the next cropping season by February 2021. For the current cropping season, the farmers revert to their old methods with previously harvested seeds.

Would you like to support us and share a little of your wealth with the less fortunate?

Please donate and support us to restart the project soon!

Thank you in advance!

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Repacking and distribution of rice, may 2020
Repacking and distribution of rice, may 2020

COVID-19 determines daily life in Sierra Leone

Soon after publishing our Global-giving report in early March, the corona virus has taken over the world. The rural farmer families in Sierra Leone also having a dramatic time: instead of growing the crops and working towards a successful spring harvest, they suffer of hunger, disease and some villagers already died because of the corona-virus.

In contrast to a low number of official published corina cases and deaths (60 casualties and 1430 cases in the country per 29th of June), our local program manager already reported 4 deaths in april in his own relationship network in a chiefdom of 15,000 inhabitants.

And where Sierra Leone is mainly an informal economy, staying home is not an option: no daily income means no food!

Your support and GlobalGiving's exceptional grant help to survive !

Thanks to an exceptional COVID-19 grant from GlobalGiving in April, we were able to bring some relief in May by distributing rice to the farmers in Rochin, Malal chiefdom. Although the amounts of products may look small, this kind of support was very welcome during these dramatic time.

See the pictures, where local people help to repack and distribute the rice. Not always keeping safe distance in the rural areas ...

How to go forward during summer season?

At this moment we are preparing for a second round of rice distribution together with our local program manager. Therefore we’ll start a new funding campaign soon in July.
Of course we also aim to look beyond todays crisis and will discuss options with our local program manager how we can resuscitate the agricultural project after a disastrous harvest season of autumn 2019 and this dramatic spring.

So, during summer months we will focus on:

  • Support in the daily emergency, where needed and possible, and also:
  • Bring new hope and energy to the farming families by helping them to restart the cropping activities for autumnal season again.

Finally...

Thank you for supporting our cause, we appreciate your donation and sharing this news letter in your network!

Ben Bolland, president
Kapri Turay, secretary
Momodu Sheku Kamara, program manager in Sierra Leone

Rice repacking for distribution
Rice repacking for distribution
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Farmer walking home on a  sandy road to Rochin
Farmer walking home on a sandy road to Rochin

Thank you for opening the first project report in 2020.

After a disastrous second half of 2019, with heavy rain fall, and a bad harvest, we hope times get better for the rural farmer families in Sierra Leone this year.

Evaluation time...

After evaluating the first three years of the organization, the board has decided to focus on four fundamental pillars for the year 2020:

+ Staying supportive to the current group of about 150 farmer families, although the heavy rains caused bad harvest results in 2019. The bad harvest has resulted in a lower than 100% recovery of the loans and has pushed back the project support to a lower level of support for the new cropping season.

+ Expanding the current small board of two persons, with at least a third board member, to enhance governance, guarantee continuity and be able to divide the tasks better. The temporay internship role of mr. Edoka Jombo, a student of Wittenborg university, has supported us in renovating the website and other supporting activites. We aim to work on a more regular basis with Wittenborg for this kind of temporary support.

+ We also need to provide our program manager in Sierra Leone with better facilities, so that the continuity there can also be better safeguarded.

And… We would appreciate to develop a better understanding with you as our supporting network of donors.

Participate in a short survey?

 We would like to ask you a few questions regarding our cause and the project we are supporting in rural areas of Sierra Leone. 

1 What (more) would you like to know about Seeds for Growth?

2 Do you have ideas how we could better achieve our goals? 

3 Would you like to discuss your ideas with us, for example by telephone or online meeting?

4 Are you interested to support our team as a volunteer?

We look forward to read your answers and ideas at emailadress: ben.bolland@bevon.nl 

Sharing this report will warmly be appreciated!

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Postharvest handling during rainy days, oct, 2019
Postharvest handling during rainy days, oct, 2019

Thank you for opening this november newsletter. Hope you'll appreciate the project update and get to know our new, temporary team reinforcement, mr. Edoka Jombo.

Fall season 2019: heavy rains, flooded areas, damaged roads and loss of harvest results

The rainy summer/fall period in Sierra Leone this year was the heaviest of the last 10 years, as you may remember the photos, we reported in the previous newsletter.

This bad weather, in combination with lack of sufficient post harvest handling materials like tarpaulins and drying floors, caused severe losses of corn products, due to rotten and moulded grains. So only a part of it was fit for sale, and therefore the full repayment of the Seeds for Growth loan can not be made.

Of course this situation is not the fault of the farmers (it’s taken like a natural disaster), but the farmers agreed to take the burden for the survival of the SFGF project in the chiefdom.

See the photo above to get an impression of the disastrous results of the recent harvest.

Therefore we ask you to support us with your end-of-year donation to keep the current project on track with our support of the current 150 farmers and their families.

Introducing our new team member.

My name is Edoka Oyinkansola Jombo (photo below), originally from Nigeria and I live & study in the Netherlands. I’m currently supporting seeds for growth foundation activities as part of my Internship program. Coming from the Western part of Africa allows me to understand the impact Seeds for growth will have on individuals or families that are struggling with their daily lives.

Finally...

Thank you for supporting our cause, we appreciate your donation and sharing this news letter in your network!

Ben Bolland, president
Kapri Turay, secretary
Momodu Sheku Kamara, program manager
Edoka Jombo, communication officer

and 150 farmer families.....

Mr. Edoka Jombo, new team member, novemer 2019
Mr. Edoka Jombo, new team member, novemer 2019
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Global Giving certificate of good standing 2019
Global Giving certificate of good standing 2019
Introduction
Thank you for opening this quarterly newsletter. Hope you'll appreciate this.

Results of Global Giving field traveler’s fact finding trip.

In our June newsletter we informed you that miss. Dalila Sumani visited our project in Malal Chiefdom. The result of the visit was a positive assessment of our work. We are proud to be awarded with the certificate above, we received recently from Global Giving!

 

Update action plan summer 2019.

Mid june we hoped to find new ways to attract funds during summer time, to be able to expand the project in october 2019 to a number of 175 farming families. This expansion required EUR 5,000 in new funds. Although we have not been able to execute an active summer campaign, we have received around EUR 1,500, = thank you to all the donors who have supported our project again!

With the available funds and people, we will try to guarantee the support of 150 farming families, so we will have realized an expansion from 125 to 150 farmer families in 2019.

 

Heavy rains cause flooded areas and damaged roads

The rainy summer period in Sierra Leone of 2019 is the heaviest of the last 10 years. Whereas the heavy rains usually decrease after the two wettest months of July and August (500-1000 mm / month), it still stays very wet this month in Sierra Leone and in the chiefdom. See the photo’s below.

This has severe consequences for harvesting the corn: harvesting is usually already completed at the beginning of September, but this year the farmers are still busy harvesting. Drying the harvested corn cobs is also a challenge, because the majority of the corn is normally dried in the open air…

We all hope that the harvest and the selling price of the corn will again be a sufficient basis to start the next harvest season with enough loans recovery to start the next cropping season project.

 

Finally...

Thank you for supporting our cause, we appreciate sharing this news letter in your network!

Ben Bolland, president
Kapri Turay, secretary
Momodu Sheku Kamara, program manager
and 125+ farmer families 

Flooded area, damaged a bridge near Makoba village
Flooded area, damaged a bridge near Makoba village
Wild water flows damage feeder road to Makoba
Wild water flows damage feeder road to Makoba
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Location: Tilburg, Netherlands - Netherlands
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