We support numerous programs that offer families creative, sustainable methods of becoming economically independent. Because we believe children and their families deserve to live happy, productive lives.
Chrispine, 37, and his wife Griseria, 32, grow crops of maize, groundnuts, beans, tobacco, and soybeans, but keeping their family fed is very difficult. They struggle with hunger, even when they work to supplement their income with piecework. Despite their constant hard work, the families’ basic needs often go unmet.
The Mandas enrolled in the School of Agricultural for Family Independence (SAFI) to learn the modern farming techniques that will increase their yearly crop yield exponentially. After graduation, the Manda’s crops should provide enough for their family and enough food surplus to sell in their village. It’s a win-win for the Manda family!
Oscar and Ephrina live in Mtapo with their three daughters Bernadette, Bethel, and Bithynia. Oscar and Ephrina graduated from the School of Agriculture of Family Independence (SAFI) in 2016. And, after his first year in the SAFI program, Oscar decided to implement his newly acquired agricultural techniques not only for his family but also for his village. He eagerly went to work as a lead farmer.
However, clean, accessible water was hard to come by; Oscar and Ephrina’s crops languished. Fortunately, in 2018, SAFI built a water well in Mtapo. In just two months, substantial progress took place. Today, the water well supplies clean water to more than 100 households and Oscar and Ephrina successfully replant their rotational garden every season.
Anderson, 35, and his wife Alifonina, 30, are skilled farmers who grow crops of maize, groundnuts, beans, and soybeans. Surviving on meager crop yields is the Mbeye’s way of life; however, it often means months of food scarcity. Keeping five children fed is difficult. While they fill the gaps with piecework, such as making and selling axes, their household income rarely meets even their basic needs.
To better provide for their children, the Mbeyes chose to enroll in the School of Agricultural for Family Independence (SAFI). They are excited to learn modern farming techniques that will increase their crop yields. After graduation, the Mbeyes plan to boost their economic status by selling their surplus crops. They also plan to start a business buying and selling farm products and raising livestock. They look forward to true food security and paying it forward in their village.