The local management is fighting hard to make the project largely self-sufficient.
They are producing 150 chickens each month to provide a regular income flow. The piggery is growing rapidly. Until the pigs are ready for sale this presents a financial challenge, but soon the piggery should make a significant contribution to the income at the centre. Some maize and sunflower seeds were planted at the end of last year. Fortunately the rain this season has been good – so a reasonable harvest is expected this year.
However the main objective of the project is to enable teenagers to have a better future. A new programme has been started to improve literacy in the community. 22 young people are benefitting from this new initiative.
The tailoring course has been extended to include embroidery and knitting. Some of the former students will be engaged in knitting school jumpers.
The project still has many challenges. The management would like to provide more computer training, but more funds are needed to buy equipment.
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The bees have been busy – producing about 15 litres of honey in recent weeks. This is the start of a new income stream at the centre. Together with the piggery, the self sustainability of the project is looking positive.
The young people attending the centre have a wide variety of opportunities to get involved in the agricultural activities of the project. These include livestock – cattle, chickens and other wildfowl, pigs and bees; and crops – beans, tomatos, rape, okra, onions, carrots etc. Fruit trees are also being cultivated – bananas, mangoes and citrus fruit. Instruction in these areas help the students develop useful life skills to add to the more formal training they receive.
The last year has been particularly difficult because of poor rains with the resulting bad harvest – anything that can be grown on site is a significant bonus.
A tailoring production unit is being set up to help students make the transition between training and setting up a business. Five former students will work at the centre making products for sale - the profits will be shared between the Centre and the students, providing an extra income for both.
Seven piglets have been born in the past three months – in the short term this presents a challenge with the extra mouths to feed. In the longer term they will help the income generation of the project.
Electricity shortages continue to create big challenges both within the centre and outside where suppliers are struggling.
Maintaining the financial viability of the project without regular external funding is difficult, but careful management of resources is keeping the centre moving forward.
Training in computing continues and is very popular, but additional computers are needed before this activity can be further developed.
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