Agape Training Center and Farm
Help build the Agape Training Center and Farm
Hope 2 One Life has implemented trainings for clean water, education, farming, healthcare, hygiene and sanitation, and income generation for impoverished communities recovering from the LRA war in Northern Uganda, Africa – resulting in the demand for more!
“The theme of this season remains – with the climate change there is failure of crops and that is what they depend on for survival. Our dream of a training and demonstration center/ model farm affordable for impoverished villages will make a difference introducing diversity in income generation, such as with IMO piggery, farming God’s way, fish farming, bee keeping and more! Combine this work teacher training, clean water hygiene, sanitation, tailoring and vocational training – May there be great hope for a rise out of poverty!!
– Baylie Bullington student intern and volunteer – Uganda Mission 2019
The only program and center of its’ kind in Northern Uganda, Hope 2 One Life and ACFD provide community mentorship, training, development and support to impoverished people, villages and areas affected by the over 21 year LRA war. Our Postwar Recovery Empowerment and Sustainability Model highlights all elements of poverty from clean water, hygiene and sanitation to education to healthcare, income generation and vocational training, nutrition and agriculture to spiritual and psychosocial poverty. We believe our model functions as a vehicle and without all working parts, people are unable to propel forward out of poverty. Hope 2 One Life and ACFD trainings and projects have been piloted on smaller scales to assess sustainability, are replicable and self- independent allowing men, women and children to participate in creating HOPE and EMPOWERMENT to the rise out of poverty.
Why an Integrated Demonstration and Training Farm?
Hope 2 One Life planted their roots in Uganda in 2007 after seeing a great need for clean water while on a church mission medical outreach. Later, with the help of Draco Drilling, several water wells were drilled throughout Northern Uganda providing clean drinking water. After establishing trust and relationships with many people, the demand for health care, food/nutrition and income-generating projects was at an extreme high. Hope 2 One Life created a program called Village Health Worker Trainings/Teams (VHT) to tackle the issue of illness and healthcare. Ugandans from each village we are associated with, come together and learn ways to prevent diseases, learn about hygiene, wound treatment and when returning to their community, meet with other village members frequently to discuss the knowledge they have obtained. For those without land or the ability to farm we created another option in bead-making and tailoring projects, that gave rise to business training and micro loans for income generation/business.
With our village survey’s and proposed community development model we began networking and finding a training venue for improved farming and partnered with a program called Farming God’s Way– that uses natural methods, technology and information, yielding more abundant and higher quality crops than traditional farming methods.
There has been success in IMO piggery projects and Boer goat breeding, creating another avenue for revenue. Each program is self-sustainable and teaches small- business planning and micro-financing, resulting in self-independence. We have also recently diversified with fisheries projects that can also be replicated for an excellent protein source, as well as income. Bee keeping and more is planned!
Every village wants and needs a nursery school and Sunday school for young children. This involves a need for teacher training. Hope 2 One Life has implemented successful Christ centered teacher trainings in the past and is working on a partnership with roots to fruits kindergarten to P-W curriculum.
In the year 2019 the impact of the LRA war is still prevalent in Northern Uganda. Many Ugandans are dying of starvation and preventable causes due to lack of knowledge and healthcare and are going without education as a result of poverty. Several villages have asked to implement our programs in their area showing that the need is still ongoing. This Integrated Training Center and Demonstration Farm would provide a place for people to stay cost-free for an extensive amount of time. Our trainings currently only last for a partial amount of the day due to travel and rapid-changing weather conditions. With the option for people to stay at the Farm the knowledge retained and the impact can be twice as much.
What does Hope 2 One Life and ACFD trainings look like?
Hope 2 One and Agape Community Foundation for Development have organized several trainings in which areas of improvement have been recognized. This proposed Development, Agape Training Center and Farm will achieve a lasting impact for the attendees, trainers, and surrounding villages. Below is a combination of real scenarios Hope 2 One Life and ACFD have encountered and made into one. This will give you an idea of what our trainings currently look like and highlight the areas of improvement that this Integrated Development Training Farm with fulfill.
Bosco is from a rural village and has seen the improvement of a neighboring village who is attending trainings of Hope 2 One Life and ACFD. His village has asked to be a part of the trainings which include various trainings. The village leaders inform him of a Village Health Team Meeting that Hope 2 One Life and ACFD have invited the village to join. Bosco travels by boda-boda (Ugandan motorcycle that functions as a taxi) which takes him 2 hours to arrive at the venue rented out by the two organizations. His transportation is paid by the organizations and he arrives in a classroom setting, the first in which he has ever seen. He takes a seat, where he is one of fifteen others from various villages. The training begins and he follows the best he can, but there are topics he has no background knowledge of such as the importance of having a latrine (a Ugandan outhouse) a certain amount of feet deep and away from living quarters and a water source. The host starts talking about hygiene and “dressing a wound”, he has never heard this term and does not know what it means. It is explained but time is pressing because the rain is on its way, so he doesn’t ask any questions. There is a break in which Hope 2 One Life and ACFD pay for a meal prepared by the hotel. This is his first and last meal for the day. After eating, medical supplies are handed out. He receives iodine, several deworm packages, antifungal shampoo, antibiotic ointment, cotton swabs, and thin pieces of plastic with cotton on each side. He is told that these are called ear swabs and can be used to put antibiotic ointment on cuts. He wonders if he puts the entire tube of ointment on the wound but the class is concluding, and he best be on his way before the rain. He is exhausted and hasn’t sat in a classroom for that long and wishes he had more time with the trainers.
How the Development and Training Farm will Improve Scenarios like these:
1) Increased Length in Trainings and Increased Impact:
This Integrated Developmental Farm will serve as a place for village members to stay and sleep which will allow the trainings to run for a longer period. This will allow for longer discussions, more questions to be asked and time for demonstrations. For farming trainings, village members will have visual aids when learning about irrigation, crop rotation, and other farming techniques. As a result village members will have more time spent with the material and a greater impact in their own village.
2) Improvements for the Villages near the Demonstration Farm:
The farm is located in the heart of where the Lord’s Resistance Army began and much destruction took place. Villages in this area are still recovering from the impact of the war and are greatly in need. This farm will welcome all village members nearby to join our trainings. The farm will also employ people in nearby villages as well.
3) Circulation of Income and Sustainability:
Rather than paying venues for meetings, that money will be given to the Farm creating a circulation of income that will be dedicated to more projects. Hope 2 One Life also has mission trips that visit Uganda, rather than paying hotels for places to stay the money would be paid to the farm, and missionaries could be hosted at the farm.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
We are eternally grateful!