Seeds for Success
Deployment Locations: Highlands Area; Siumbeumbe Village
The Seeds for Success is a two-part program that serves two schools in the Livingstone Area: Nekacheya and Musale Kings. The Nekacheya branch of the project focuses predominantly on building a small farm to feed the students and teach them about farming. The Musale branch is a much larger operation being ran in conjunction with Helping Hens and features a large commercial farm that funds the school's operations and the construction of additional classrooms.
These projects came about when two teachers, one from Nekacheya and one from Musale, independently proposed two different farm-centered approaches to helping their students thrive at school. Nekacheya's was on a much smaller scale, but offered an invaluable teaching experience as well as keeping their students full and focused. Musale's was much grander and was, effectively, an expansion of their hugely successful Helping Hens project. Both are as innovative as the are beneficial and have greatly enhanced both schools' ability to succeed, grow, and prosper.
Both portions of this project are major successes! Nekacheya's small farm continues to produce various fruits and vegetables year-round to supplement their students' nutrition and ensure that everyone, no matter their financial ability, has access to healthy food.
Musale's farm is a huge success. Our President & CEO, Chase Whittaker, had the opportunity to visit the farm in March of 2019 and he saw the sheer magnitude of this project firsthand. The farm has dozens of crops featuring eggplants, Chinese cabbage, rape, okra, maize, tomatoes, and more. To expedite harvesting, Musale has enlisted the help of villagers from Siumbeumbe. The continued success of the farm has enabled Musale to guarantee lunches to those that need them at low or no cost to the students, generate even more revenue, provide employment opportunity to villagers, and drastically improve food security in the most remote areas of Livingstone.
Thanks to community support both in San Diego and in Livingstone, Nekacheya hopes to further increase the sustainability of their farms by installing long-term irrigation systems and connecting running water to the school to ensure safe, expedient food prep.
Musale hopes to continue to expand their crops to better utilize all 75-acres of their land, install a bore hole (irrigation well), and to hire additional villagers to work the fields. It is their belief that this will benefit the village by increasing crop yields and food availability during droughts, generate more money for the school, and improve the financial security of much of the Siumbeumbe Village.