| First Day -
Skills for Life Training Center
Our first day, we became acclimated with Empowering Lives International’s training programs. The training center offers instruction in agriculture, irrigation, animal production, business skills,
technology, and spiritual growth.
This is an oven. We had potatoes baked in one of these ovens. The heat is evenly distributed around the barrel and this oven is awesome for baking bread. There are nationals who have utilized this technology and are now selling bread in their villages.
We visited the garden. Most of the food we ate during the next week came from this garden. The beds are "double -dug" and there are no pesticides used.
The fence around the garden is covered with tithonia, a common weed found to be a great source of phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. The leaves are soaked in water for a couple of days and used to fertilize the garden.
This water filled pit is for growing Tilapia fish. The fish live off of algae and dried blood. The algae growth is induced as a result of placing a little cow dung into the small lake. This small pit can produce a lot of quality protein in a small area.
The zero-grazing unit is home for two cows and several goats.
At one time, the Roger's received sperm from Texas steer and inseminated local cattle. This cow belongs to Samuel. Special Feed and breeding has resulted in this cow that produces an extraordinary amount of milk
This is a layered compost pile. Soil that is healthy is alive with good bacteria and fungi that helps decomposition.
Next we visited the above-ground gardening. This planting method reminds me of a strawberry pot. It's benefit is obvious when land is limited.
The vertical-axis windmill you see in the background is used to pull water from a well and irrigate the above-ground garden. Behind the windmill, you get a glimpse of the orphanage. This is my segue to the Children's Center.
Red worms are used to create primo soil and something called worm tea, which acts like miracle grow. Don tells us the funny story of how they acquired the red worms.
Rabbits are a good source of protein and their droppings make great fertilizer. Don and Amy are raising rabbits in their backyard.
Don is trying to breed a newly purchased lop eared rabbit but she does not have the basic instinct to be a mother. She birthed a litter while we were there and Don stayed up half the night making her nurse her babies. This is her second litter. The first litter was raised by another female rabbit. The Children's Center will get some of the rabbits.
Next we learned about the Children's Center which opened last September has become home-sweet-home for 90 children.
The Children's Center >
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