The Need for the Project
There are eight Orchard Network churches currently being trained and mentored in vertical farming and agriculture practices. These churches are in turn starting their own vegetable gardens to help move their feeding projects towards sustainability.
The churches are also in the process training and equipping individuals within their communities to start vertical gardens and agriculture projects at home as a means provide food for their families.
Orchard: Africa has created a competition as an incentive for communities to adopt these new farming methods, and will be providing churches and individuals with prizes for building productive gardens. It is our intention for this competition to become an annual event, thereby starting a movement of self-productivity in very poor communities. By sponsoring this competition, you will be giving $10,000 for prizes and prize money.
How This Project Protects the Vulnerable
The first step in restoring food security to an impoverished community is to provide daily meals to those who cannot feed themselves. Community and home-based gardens give the immediate relief needed by many.
Health & Wellness
This project supplies nutrient-rich, organic produce for the villages. These nutrients are vital for protecting the body from the myriad of diseases that stem from malnutrition, and for proper physical development.
Parents do not want others to feed their children, the want the dignity of doing it for themsleves. This competition will support agriculture training for parents, allowing them to grow their own food.
Good nutrition plays an important role in a child’s cognitive development. A full belly also allows the children to do better in their schooling as they are not distracted by hunger pains and have increased energy.
Work & Income
Jobs for village residents are scarce and low paying. Those who learn to grow their own produce can sell their excess crops to other residents. This provides the residents with a much needed income source.
Evangelism & Ministry
As the village community gathers to learn gardening skills, they are drawn to a local church that is actively caring for their body and soul. This provides increased opportunities to share the hope of Christ.
As the project sponsor, you’ll receive detailed reports that provide greater detail on the project, show the project’s progress, and demonstrate its impact. Each of these projects is estimated to take 12 months to complete.
- Sent after competition is fully funded
- Intro to the some of the churches and people competing for prizes
- Competition timelines & goals
- Midterm update sent after the competition’s midway point.
- Showcases some of the top contenders
- Photos of some of the projects & workers
- Sent after competition is completed and winners are verified
- Photos of the winning gardens
- Stories of the live’s being impacted
donate now to build a legacy of hope
Can I give by check, ACH, or wire transfer?
Yes, we can accept all those forms of payment.
Please use the below address for mailing a check, and contact us to setup an ACH or wire donation.
312 N Alma School Rd, Ste. 17
Chandler, AZ 85224
What can go wrong with the project?
Orchard: Africa works in some of the poorest and most challenging communities in Southern Africa because that’s where the need is greatest. Given that, despite our best efforts to the project’s expectations, forces beyond our control occasionally require a change of plans. The list of uncertainties we’ve encountered is long: policies change, droughts, storms, onforseen pests, and changing community needs.
No matter what happens, we promise that your donation will fund in country project costs. In addition to updating you about the project’s progress, we’ll inform you if the location of the project has to change. In the unlikely event that we need to totally reallocate your funds, we’ll work with you to put them towards a project similar to the one you chose to support in the first place.
How much is the local church involved in the project?
Every step of the way. Projects aren’t “complete” until the churches are equipped to care for them.
In most cases, church leaders enlist local community members to help contstruct the project from beginning to end. For larger construction projects, we contract with in-country professionals who have the nessesary expertise and equipment. Once completed, the projects are operated & maintained by the local church and, occassionally, visiting Journey Teams.
We believe that lasting changes happens when a church and community are equipped provide for themselves.
Can I designate my donation to a specific village?
The churches competing in this competition were chosen because of the high priority of their need, and their didication to promoting the Agriculture Program to their community. However, if you would like to sponsor a project in a specific village you can email or call us at: (480) 966-9037.