From South Africa
Dana and I have been in South Africa for over a week
now. We currently serve for our church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
as missionaries for the Welfare/Humanitairian Department.
Dana and I served for 2 years in Ethiopia
as Country Directors, for the Church's NGO
Latter Day Saint Charities while we were there for
2 years. We did everything from financials,
Paperwork, and finding and implementing projects there.
After we came come in Dec of 2011,
We were called to serve as technical specialists
for the Food Production Programs throughout the world.
We are on our 3 rd year doing this,
our first assignment was in Arizona and New Mexico
working on projects with the Native American People.
Over the last 2 years we have been to
Projects in the US, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico.
This is our first assignment back to Africa.
This trip we have traveled to the Durban area
And met with a partner Enterprise Ilembe, who does
Garden projects with local people, they
Have are formed into coops
And they grow vegetables for the school food
Program implemented by Nelson Mandela for the
Children in South Africa for better nutrition.
This was an awesome visit,
We see that the women are the workers and the
Important part of keeping the gardens watered, weeded, and
Harvested. Every garden we visited the women's were
Going down to the nearest creek or water hole, fill their buckets
With water, and haul it up the hill to their plants.
Most of their day is spent doing this,
We are hoping that we can bring water closer to them,
By purchasing pumps, pipe, and sprinklers so they can spend
More time in caring for their plants, keeping the weeds down
Have better productivity, and become self reliant.
So they can purchase all they need on their own with out
So this has been a very productive trip.
We are still waiting for the financial
Figure from the partner, how much will it cost to
Supply the things needed, listed by the garden group,
We plan to help 7 coop groups there.
Tomorrow we leave for Madagascar,
It is our assignment to go and see 2 food
Projects already in process and write up a report on
How they are doing.
We are excited to do this work!