Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Caring for widows and orphans

L-R: Makole, Elton, Regina 

One of the major goals of our work in Namibia is to care for the vulnerable people of Musanga region. No one is more vulnerable than the widows and orphans. 

We regret to say one of the widows we have been supporting with vegetables from SSP passed away on Thursday.  She was a relative of Elton's who was caring for her orphaned granddaughter.  Her name was Makole.

If any of you have ever been to Katima Mulilo and drove on the main road past Elton's village, you would often see her working tirelessly in the fields trying to grow something out of nothing to feed herself and her family. She, and the many widows like her, are the reason we felt compelled to continue our mission. 

She was a very strong woman.  The situation for widows is always quite bleak but she was particularly destitute because of her blindness and the fact that all of her children are dead leaving her to care for all of her grandchildren alone.

Being that she was a elderly widow with very little family, we have been asked to assist in her funeral costs. A donation of $66USD (equal to N$1000) would buy a coffin and contribute to the traditional meal served after the funeral. 

If you are interested in contributing to this cause and  the continuing work of Sinanzi Sepo Project, please make donations to:

Please join us as we pray for Elton's village,  her adult grandchildren and especially for her youngest granddaughter, who had still been under her care. She will feel her absence the most acutely and her future is now more uncertain as she will need a new caregiver. 
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1 : 27

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The end of the drought

Finally the end of the drought has come. Between some rain locally and flood waters coming from up river, we have a good supply of water.  This below is the flood plain just adjacent to the garden.  We will have an excellent water supply for the months ahead!

This is where we can pump water from to our sprinkler system.  
Katima Mulilo is heading into the winter season as we head into summer here in NY.  The workers have cleared some new areas and have started plots of vegetables that will grow well in the colder weather that is ahead in June, July and August.  

Cabbage seedings
As we expand the garden with some new plots, we are going to need to purchase some additional pipes and sprinkler heads. Please let us know if you are interested in sponsoring this expansion!

We are very grateful for a special donation that made uniforms possible for our garden workers.  Not only are they sturdy clothes that can withstand hard work, they are much warmer than regular clothes for the winter months ahead.  
Our garden staff
R-L: Joseph, Reuben, Puniso 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Thriving garden despite the drought

The rainfall in the Caprivi/Zambezi Region has been very sporadic this year causing drought conditions. We have been very fortunate at the Sinanzi Garden because of 2 reasons: 1) the plot of land we are using is near a swam area. While there is little standing water or flooding as there might normally be, it is still a wet area.  2) Elton had the foresight to have a reservoir/well dug down to the underground water table near the edge of the plot.  When all else is dry, for the most part our reservoir has water.  They are able to then pump the water into a holding tank that flows out to the many sprayers and hoses.  

The workers have begun to prepare some new plots to plant the next crops....

We can never have enough cabbage, kale, tomatoes and onions to go around.  These are everyone's favorite vegetables and staples of the diet.

As is corn... major part of everyone's diet.  Pictured here is our garden manager, Joseph and one of our workers, Samuel. 

 In the center of this photo, you can see the pumpkin plants doing quite well.  Both the pumpkin and the leaves can be eaten.

When the corn was ready to harvest, volunteers from the church and community distributed it to many widows in need.  
We are beginning to expand our long-term goals of the garden by also planting fruit trees. Pictured here are 3 guava bushes.  While they take longer to grow, we hope that one day they will be great producers!
If you look very carefully around the leaves at the bottom of this last photo, you can see that despite the very small size of this tree, it has already started producing some guava!  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kicking off the new school year - January 2016

The school year in Namibia begins in January.  We registered 24 students for this year so far!

Here are a few of them in the photo below:

We try to provide them with breakfast or morning snack and lunch while they are with us for the school day. When crops from our Sinanzi Garden aren't ready to harvest, we supplement with what we can afford to buy in the shops.  This day they are eating rice mixed with ketchup and/or mayonnaise. It is our prayer to increase our monthly budget to be able to be able to buy more groceries, such as fish, chicken or beans, when we aren't able to supplement with garden veggies.  

Due to the drought conditions this region has been facing since December, a lot of fresh food items are difficult to obtain and are expensive, especially meat and fish.  Read more about how God has been blessing our garden despite the rain in the next blog post: Thriving garden despite drought

Kool-Aid and biscuits for breakfast

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A big THANKS to our sponsors

We want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you, our sponsors!  For quite awhile,  Elton and I have carried the majority of the burden we felt for helping the people of Musanga alone. But over the course of this year in particular, numerous individual donors have come along side us and helped tremendously! 

We also want to recognize Schenectady Seventh Day Adventist Church for their pledge that has been the backbone of our monthly operating costs.  

And to Altamont Elementary School for the Village to Village coin drive championed by the kindergarten students and teachers that raised $593.18 for Mukisa Kindergarten to get educational materials, hygiene products, solar panel, battery and plumbing supplies to connect the school with the newly available government water supply.

Please accept our gratitude for all you have done!