SASCU Providence Farm 2020 Update
This year was challenging for Providence Farm, as it was for everyone. Good Earth team members were not able to make the trip to Uganda this year but we kept in constant contact throughout the year via video calls. We wanted to share what this year looked like at the farm. For a more detailed history of the journey of Good Earth and SASCU, please visit this page to read an overview, read yearly updates and watch videos of past visits and projects!
All schools were closed in Uganda due to COVID 19. The 22 children that live at the farm have been very fortunate to continue school. Three teachers were able to move to Lowero so they could daily teach at the farm and the children could continue their education. This was a huge blessing! The kids also learned more about gardening through hands on activities. They had a lot more time to read books and the bible and improve their writing skills. Their spiritual lives have changed greatly and they have embraced sharing and caring for one another.
One of the children, Reagan, age 4, started experiencing health issues that turned out to be serious and required brain surgery and a hospital stay. We are very pleased to report he is back at Providence Farm and doing well now!
On the 11th of June, SASCU got the news of an abandoned child in the neighboring district of Nakasongola. Their social workers then worked together with the Child & Family protection Unit and the probation officers respectively. Baby Atarah was then rescued and adopted by Gloria and Innocent through the spiritual and financial support from many beloved families. She will turn 7 months the month of December. What a gift!
New water channels were made to cut down on flooding. Three additional acres of eucalyptus trees were planted and are doing well. The bean field yielded even more this year and additional acreage was planted. A big harvest is expected. Because the goat farm continues to grow, a long-lasting, stronger goat pen has just been completed.
New kinds of vegetables were planted, such as cabbage, spinach and eggplant, to boost the children’s health. This has helped us reduce our monthly food budget and the children are growing up strong and healthy.
There are still goals and needs; prices for food that the farm cannot produce remain high. We would like to continue on our journey to sustainability. Medical expenses have increased; in the past, the kids would be at school and some medical care is included in their tuition.
2020 Goals include:
Electricity for the Mission House at the farm ($1,200)
20 more acres of eucalyptus (approximately $550 per acre)
Adding to the goat herd
Increasing flock of chickens
Creating a community soccer field
Construction of a community Christian church
Ongoing Financial Needs include:
Providence Farm Partner ($100 monthly) Sponsors education, housing, meals, uniforms, medical, and general needs of a child
General Fund- helps with necessary monthly operating expenses, unexpected medical expenses, and community outreach (Any amount, monthly or one time)
General Farm Fund (any amount, monthly or one time) – helps with vet care, feed, craps and care, workers, upkeep, buy a goat ($75 for a pregnant goat).
Giving in any amount helps us reach out 2020 goals as does sharing about this ministry and prayers. God is on the move in and through SASCU ministries and we feel honored to be a part of this journey; it’s a beautiful thing. Join us in partnering with SASCU as we love and care for orphans and move toward sustainability! For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please visit SASCU.
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Make checks payable to:
Save the Street Children International
The Good Earth Garden Center
15601 Cantrell Road
Little Rock, Arkansas 72223