Agape Community Foundation for Development – Farm Demonstration and Training Project

Announcing the Agape CFD Farm Demonstration and Training Project in Awere

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Hope 2 One Life is excited to announce to our friends and donors this agricultural development project in the village Photo_collage_H2O_Awere_project_Nov-Dec2018_Page_6of Awere in northern Uganda, Two recent Photo_collage_H2O_Awere_project_Nov-Dec2018_Page_2events have tied a ribbon around a project that promises to put local water resources to use growing crops and livestock for food and sale, training local farmers in the latest conservation technologies, and generating revenues to support our Ugandan Photo_collage_H2O_Awere_project_Nov-Dec2018_Page_7Photo_collage_H2O_Awere_project_Nov-Dec2018_Page_8partner, the Agape Community Foundation for Development (abv ACFD).

The first event is the legal contract that transfers ownership of five acres of farmland from the Clan members of the Wol Katoro to ACFD for a donation of 3,000,000 Ugandan shillings (approximately $860). This will allow H2O and CFD to develop a demonstration farm on this land employing principles of conservation tillage, drip irrigation, modern livestock rearing, and maximum yields, and to train and employ local farmers in implementation.

The second event and huge blessing is the award of a $15,000 grant from the Atkinson Foundation of California to H2O for a deep water well and solar pumping system on the new farm to provide water for farmers and local residents, and supply water for drip irrigation projects on the new acreage. The location of this property in the valley of the Akwa River appears to portend an excellent water supply. An initial well survey has been performed and drilling the well is anticipated this spring.

This project will directly benefit Ugandan families, especially women and children, which are in the process of recovering from the LRA civil war. We should point out that this project was stimulated by the Side by Side farmers group that first approached us on a visit to Awere in 2015. These people were among the most organized and eager group we have worked with in Uganda and without whom this project would not happen. One of our ultimate goals is to use this project as a springboard to development of micro-business enterprises that support CFD and the farmers groups. Water from the well would be used to drip-irrigate high value crops to be sold at local and regional markets, and contribute to the food security of the residents. The farm will be a proving-ground and demonstration site for modern conservation farming and livestock rearing methods that improve productivity while lessening environmental impacts.

Some photographs of the project site and the Awere farmers group are below.

By Tom Osborne   February 20, 2018

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Water Projects Bring Health and Hope to Thousands

Hope 2 One Life Donors can give thanks for all the water projects we were privileged to bring to communities across central and northern Uganda in 2016 and 2017.

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We’ve never seen a better year in terms of responding successfully to such a diversity of water supply challenges. Here are the highlights:

In September 2017, through World Water Day fundraising and generous donors and matching grants from The Rieland family and Medtronics, the Mboira Village water well was drilled!

Wells in the villages of Wipolo and Pajule were also repaired!

In January 2016, through an $8,500 grant from the Atkinson Foundation, the drilling of a potable water supply well at the Katamarwa Primary School and St Peters Secondary School; Katamarwa Village, Kikumba, Uganda brought clean water to 1,100 students and teachers. Prior to this well, a group of students would walk 2 kilometers each way to fetch jerry cans of water for even meager hydration, affecting learning ability.  The well was drilled to a total depth of 61 meters and produced an estimated flow of 5,000 liters per hour, which is relatively large for this region of Uganda. The quality of the water was tested by the Central Laboratory of Uganda and found to be free of contamination.

The small village of Awal in Pader District of northern Uganda was home to Bosco, who survived the IDP camps during the LRA war, he was on our November 2015 team trip. Our team saw the hardship people suffered without a water source. Awal had been without water for most of a year and the people have to walk for 8 kilometers looking for water. Now, thanks to our donors, especially World Water Day participants, the Village has a new well.  Our Ugandan development director, Terence Acaye, took us to his home village of Awere in November 2015. Our team found the village well had failed and people were forced to dip water from an open spring hole, subject to all of the tropical diseases. We had our local well contractor, DRACO, assess the well, and were able to repair it. The village once again has clean drinking water!

The Northern Uganda School for Deaf and Disabled in Kitgum was a beacon of hope for disabled children who struggled to survive the LRA war. Hope 2 One Life has assisted this center throughout its existence. When their water reservoir which supported their irrigated greenhouse crops failed, we stepped in with a plan to restore their capability for self-sufficiency. With your support, we designed and built a new roof water collection system to replace the failed one. This project presented some real technical and logistical challenges, and although our system is complete, the greenhouse was destroyed by storms and an alternate vegetable growing site was fenced and developed. Our 2017 team visit assessed the needs an helped NUCBAD reach their goals.

The Emmanuel Clinic rain water collection system was completed, as well as new stainless steel pipes in the Family Empowerment Farm Solar well.

Finally, the donation of four electronic water level transducers by Solinst LTD and InSitu Inc, have been recording data now for over a full year. The initial results allow us to see precisely how much use each of the four wells receives since it records the water level in the well each 15 minutes. We can see from the data how long the wells are used each day (see chart below), how much drawdown occurs in the well and the seasonal trends during the dry seasons and wet seasons. This information, as we hoped, provides a scientific basis to assess the sustainability of the groundwater resources on which our Ugandan beneficiaries depend.

  • Tom Osborne, Hydrologist and Hope 2 One Life Board member

Assessing the Water Resource

Donors to our water projects and other water scientists ask me how we know whether the water resources in Uganda are adequate to supply all the new water wells we and others are installing. With water shortages in places like California constantly in the news in 2015, this is a question Hope 2 One Life is addressing with actual measurements of the water levels in wells we’ve installed in Uganda. Thanks to the very generous donation of electronic transducers from two manufacturers we are now collecting water level data every 15 minutes from three wells. A fourth transducer will be installed in the solar-powered well on the FEM Farm by a well service company the next time they are in that region.

The company In-Situ, Inc, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, donated two of their Troll 100 transducers and two barologgers to this project. The barologgers record atmospheric pressure, which is used to adjust the transducer data so it reflects only water level changes due to groundwater fluctuations. One of the In-Situ transducers was installed in the Moroto West well in northern Uganda (pictured below). This is a very remote area of the country which is still in the process of recovering from the devastation of the LRA war.

          

The water level and water temperature data from this transducer will give us information on the groundwater response to the annual wet and dry seasons, and will also reveal the times and amount of daily use of the well by the community. By recording a water level every 15 minutes, the data will indicate the timing and duration of water level drawdown due to pumping. The second In-Situ transducer will be installed in the solar-powered well on the FEM Farm by a well service company on their next visit to that area. Two of our Ugandan colleagues on the Farm, Richard Angoma and Bosco Tolit, have been trained in the use of the software to retrieve and process the In-Situ transducer data.  – Tom Osborne, Hope 2 One Life Hydrologist

Hope 2 One Life extends its gratitude to In-Situ for this valuable donation. 

Please visit their website at   https://in-situ.com/

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How Much Water Is Used From Our Wells?

Hope 2 One Life will soon install its 9th drinking water well in Uganda, thanks to our sponsors and donors. Most of the wells are furnished with a simple but reliable hand pump. During our trips to Uganda we see the heavy use some of these wells receive, yet since there are no measurement meters, we don’t have information on just how much water is withdrawn on a daily basis, or how that might change over the year. This type of information is not available.

Now, thanks to the generous donation of electronic transducers from two manufacturers, Hope 2 One Life has installed these devices in three of our wells during our November 2015 mission trip. A fourth transducer will be installed in the solar-powered well on the FEM Farm by a well service company the next time they are in that region.

The company SOLINST of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, donated two of their Levelogger transducers to be used for collecting water level and water temperature data from our water wells in Uganda. These are small, sealed programmable electronic instruments which are deployed deep in a well and record the pressure of the overlying water column and its temperature. We decided to install the SOLINST transducers in two wells designed to give us critical data about water use by humans and livestock in Uganda.

The first SOLINST transducer was installed in the East Well on the FEM Farm in central Uganda, which is heavily used by residents of the Farm and surrounding villages. The second was installed in a well near the town of Opit in northern Uganda where we are in partnership with an order of Ugandan nuns to raise goats as an income-generating project to support our charitable causes there. See below the photo of this installation.

 

These transducers were programmed to record a water level and temperature every 15 minutes. This will allow us to see how long each well is used each day, year-round. By calibrating the outflow from each well when pumped, I’m hoping that we can convert the transducer data into an estimate of the volume of water pumped. This will provide essential data allowing us to better plan the number and location of water wells in the future, ensuring our donors that our efforts are matching the needs of the Ugandan people with whom we partner.

–Tom Osborne, Hope 2 One Life Hydrologist

Hope 2 One Life extends its gratitude to Solinst for this valuable donation. 

Please visit their website at  http://www.solinst.com

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Water and Sustainable Development through farming and drip irrigation projects continue in all areas, including Palabek, Opit, Gulu, Kitgum, Rakayata Village and Wipolo.

We were blessed to have Neal Ferhinger, a soils consultant, and his wife Rae, join us on the Nov 2015 mission trip.  His soils analysis along with introducing the Farming Gods Way program was invaluable to the farmers trained!  We have now facilitated Farming God’s Way training for 92 farmers!

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         92 Farmers

      trained in 2016 – 17

25 Farmers trained in 2018

“As I planned on going to Uganda in  November 2015 to help them with their agriculture production, I was not sure what I would find and how I could adapt my world of fertilizers, farm chemicals, and high tech equipment to truly benefit them.  We started by soil testing fields or potential fields.  Nitrogen and phosphorus was low while potassium was high.  Soil pH was around 6.  Montana soil is generally around pH 8.  Crops grown are: maize (corn), soya (soybeans), ground nuts (peanuts), simpson (sesame), tomatoes, millet, milo, sunflowers, cassava, potatoes, and green beans.  Most people have a 1 acre field to supply an income for their family.  Average corn yields in the U.S. are 185 bushels per acre with some yielding 250-300 bushels per acre.  Corn yield in Uganda without fertilizer, which very few people can afford, is 20 bushels per acre.  They use in-bred corn varieties because they cannot afford hybrid variety, which must be replaced every growing season.  The same yield difference occurs for the other crops.  Most all field work is done with a hand hoe, instead of large tractors with climate-controlled cabs pulling implements.  After observing several fields, I could see that the biggest problem was weeds and allowing volunteer plants from previous crops to compete with the currently planted crops.  Since they cannot afford fertilizer and manure is in short supply, I shared the need to weed crops when the corn was 8 inches tall instead of waiting until it is 3 feet tall.  They must treat the weeds as thieves, stealing nutrients and moisture.  Simsim, millet, milo, and soya are usually not planted in rows.  In doing so, even 15 inch rows instead of 30 inch rows, weeding would be much easier.  Volunteer plants from the previous crop are also considered thieves, requiring crop rotation to break the disease crop cycle.

Hope 2 One Life has sponsored farmers to attend a 3-day class called Farming God’s Way.  The three principles are: no plowing, no burning, and do everything to the highest standard.  Plowing and burning reduces cover on the soil surface, thus increasing soil erosion losses.  With no fertilizer, production of the soil declines quickly when erosion is not controlled.  By mulching, instead of burning or burying the plant residue, soil temperature is cooler, weeds are less of a problem, and soil is held in place.   Farming God’s Way provides hope for increasing crop production while sustaining the land.”

                       – Neal Ferhinger, Agricultural Consultants

Farming God’s Way Training

Soil Assessments

Palabek Drip Irrigation set up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Fruits of their labor”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Seeds generously donated vegetable seeds for 100 families!   Please visit their website:  www.hopeseeds.org  where they showcase their work.  They are a non profit tax deductible oganization if you feel called to donate to their work.

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THANK YOU ATKINSON FOUNDATION!

Recently Atkinson Foundation generously donated $8500 for the Katamarwa Primary School and St. Peter secondary school in Katamarwa village Uganda!   We are grateful to our faithful partners Draco Drilling for the success of this project!

And we have WATER!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you grantors and donors!!

2012 Solar Water System, Tap Stand, Tank, Plumbing to Emmanuel Clinic, Latrines, Kitchen and Irrigation

See slideshow: 2012_FEM-UG_Solar Water_Project_110812

The 2012 Uganda Mission Team implemented a plumbing and piping project utilizing the solar water pumped to the tank.   View the Solar Water Access – FEM Farm and Clinic

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