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Agriculture

With the sustainability of the school project in mind, ADH as undertaken an agricultural project. Income from the agriculture should contribute long-term to finance the school operations. Currently domestic agricultural products are grown on a total area of 10 hectares and are sold at local markets. This helps the food-poor region and creates new jobs. The agricultural project also provides opportunities to involve the local community with the school project and teaches them to take personal responsibility for the school in Mushapo. The professional cultivation can also serve in the future for practical training.

Jan 2014

Sheep found dead

Jos travels to Mushapo to take care of some business. He takes food, drinking water and materials needed for our project. One morning we receive a message that three of our sheep were found dead. This is a terrible setback, since we didn’t know who is responsible for this. The members of the Committee found out in the post-mortem that the sheep ate plastic bags smeared with palm oil and salt.
Sheep found dead
Dec 2013

Manioc is soon ripe

The manioc on our own land is growing well and can soon be harvested. We will increase the cultivation of manioc to another four hectares of land, hoping to generate more income for the school.
Manioc is soon ripe
Oct 2013

Clearing the fields and increase in our animal population

The pineapple and manioc plants, which we took over from SADR are doing well. But we urgently need to weed the fields. Both fields should be ready to be harvested by the turn of the year. The animal husbandry is successful. One of the sheep bears a lamb and soon after, the second ewe bears two lambs, which brings our animal population to a total of 3 sheep and 3 lambs – a 100 percent increase within the last two months.
Clearing the fields and increase in our animal population
Sep 2013

Stealing - a great challenge

Stealing is a big problem for our farming project. Great parts of our harvest were stolen and we have now the same problem, which caused the agricultural company SADR to finally close their site in Mushapo. A friend from Kinshasa, Prof. Mpona who speaks the local language, Tshiluba, is helping us to solve this problem by giving stern talks to the inhabitants of Mushapo. He tries to impart that stealing from the fields means stealing from the school - in the end from their own children.
Stealing - a great challenge
Feb 2013

We are selling pineapples

We had taken over the pineapple plantation from the former SADR farm. We harvested the ripe pineapples and sold them in different markets. To transport the fruit, we used the typical bush transporter – a loaded bicycle. But because of the narrow profit margin, it is no longer cost-effective to continue to cultivate pineapples. So we concentrate on manioc, which is slower to grow, but easier to market.
We are selling pineapples
Jan 2013

We acquire an electric generator

For the need of electrical power during occasional power outages, we installed a donated generator in our Camp in Mushapo. The generator was transported by truck from Kinshasa, and had been loaded sideways to avoid it rolling around during the transport. This resulted in the battery leaking onto the generator and upon arrival it had to be completely taken apart by the `Denys` Team, each piece had to be cleaned and then assembled. Now it works just fine and is a huge benefit to our project.
We acquire an electric generator
Dec 2012

The focus is on cultivating manioc

The old five-hectare manioc fields are being inspected, since they had been neglected for some time. We constantly have to test the quality of plants and soil as the weeds, especially the elephant grass, grow fast and can easily destroy the harvest. The fields were found suitable and the soil is being prepared. We will concentrate on cultivating manioc, since it is a favourite staple in this country and both roots and leaves are edible.
The focus is on cultivating manioc
Nov 2012

We begin the farming project

We start using the seven-hectare of land from SADR to plant new manioc, corn, beans and peanuts. Our own land which is still wilderness, will eventually be cleared so we can plant there as well. We bought some Acacia plants for the boundaries of our property. A friend gave us some moringa, jackfruit and breadfruit tree seedlings. Cassava and pineapples are already planted and are prospering!
We begin the farming project

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