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Living Hope:

Address poverty by training South Africans to become successful tunnel farmer

There is a growing trend in South Africa for Africans from rural areas and neighbouring countries to migrate to cities in hopes of a better life while leaving behind empty, fertile farm lands which have the potential to economically provide for them. Many never find that better life and simply add to the alarmingly high rate of unemployment (almost 25%) and poverty.

Living Hope, a certified non-profit, has been serving the people of Cape Town, South Africa for over 14 years through community development on various levels. About five years ago, we began to look at how we can address the issue of poverty. As Africa is well suited for agriculture, farming presents an opportunity for business development that many pass over. Our goal is to train and equip the people of Africa with the skills they need to become successful farming entrepreneurs. To do this we created the Agriculture & Business Training which had its first intake of students in 2011.

The Agriculture & Business training is a long term, three phase program encompassing five “streams” of training. The goals are on multiple levels: individually we encourage people to meet and follow Jesus, to farm productively according to sound business practices, and at a community level, we aim to see increased food security and economic development.

Starting in September 2014, fourteen carefully selected students will journey with us through the first two phases of training for 9 months of learning and practically applying principles in Agriculture, Business, Community Development, Base Skills (including Math, Computers, Personal Finance), and Christian discipleship. Of these fourteen students, 3 will be selected to complete the final 1 year phase. Graduates will begin their own tunnel (greenhouse) farming business with ongoing mentorship.

Our goal is success and therefore we invest the time and resources to personally walk with each student on a path of learning. But we can’t do this alone and need your help.

The Campus

We currently have 13 sustainable tunnels growing tomatoes hydroponically which provides a platform in which to train students. The students training involves both classroom theory and practical, hands on learning.

Future plans include fish farming and chicken farming.

How you can help

Our students come from impoverished backgrounds and often times live day to day through odd jobs and occasional provision from family members. Many lack the basic finances to provide for housing, transportation and food required to commit to a training program. Without these basic necessities, attending a full time training program becomes impossible and the cycle of unemployment and poverty continues.

To break these cycles and see Africans empowered to attend training and equipped to become agribusiness owners, we provide each student a monthly stipend of $180 for the 9 months they attend the training. Through good financial management, which students learn in class, this stipend covers their monthly living costs.

That’s about $6 a day. It’s not much but without it a brick wall of impossibility is raised before one who is filled with hopes and dreams of education. One student requires $1620 for 9 months of education. Would you consider helping to remove that wall? Perhaps you can take away one brick, maybe 100 bricks or even a whole wall through your support.

In addition to the stipend there are many training costs incurred. Funds are also being sourced through local businesses, individual local and foreign donors. Any money raised above our goal will go towards offsetting these costs and further growing the program.

“We got the opportunity at Living Hope to not only feed our inner man but to also make provision for our families while being developed and discipled.” - Hulisani

Click here to read about the students and graduates and to contribute to the program

For more information
Living Hope Community Centre
Melissa Shaw
PO Box 1700
Sun Valley,7985
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 784 2800
Fax: +27 21 785 2414
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