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It Can All Start by Word of Mouth

May 6, 2022

Dependent on her husband’s small earnings for all the family’s needs, Scholar’s home life was tough. So, when she learned through a friend of hers that women in a neighboring village had experienced significant transformation in a Self-Help Group (SHG), she thought, “Why not here?” Local partner Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika promotes SHGs as a proven […]

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Our Growing Project Adds to the Fabric of our Christian Life and Faith

April 25, 2022

The Growing Project at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren has become an important part of our worship and social interaction within our church family. Each year in April we have our Growing Project Kick-off Sunday. Activities have included the farmers drive their tractors to church, children displaying their toy tractors in the narthex, focusing the […]

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A Firm Foundation in Beekeeping at Last

April 13, 2022

Eddy says he tried many times to keep bees, but since he did not have much knowledge on the subject, he was never successful. He had participated in many of the sustainable farming activities promoted by local partner APIDEC, and knew that bees played an important role in the crop cycle. A chance to enroll […]

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Old Farming Practices Make Way for the New

Douglas, a farmer with a carpentry business and a young family, speaks with great love of how his parents involved him in farming from a very young age. “They taught me to work the land in the way they knew,” he says. “Today, though, I know that some of those conventional farming practices caused a […]

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Working the Land Instead of for “The Man”

Mr. Touch’s life changed for the better – way better – when he asked himself a direct question: “What would happen if, instead of working 8-10 hours a day for someone else, I put in that same amount of time working for myself on my land, and could be with my family instead of so […]

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Improving the Soil for the Children

Local partner ADIP is pleased with the progress of a particular community where so many of the families are putting into practice the conservation farming techniques they’ve been exposed to. A shining example is Zacarías. Zacarías learned subsistence farming practices from his parents. As he married and became a father of seven, he continued working […]

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When in Doubt, Try it Out!

Doing a comparison of traditional farming practices versus Conservation Agriculture on his own land has convinced Elijah that Conservation Agriculture is the real deal. Elijah, a single farmer in his early twenties, is a member of a farmer’s association. He says that, before he was trained on good agronomic practices, he farmed without any knowledge […]

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Harmony Grows

March 30, 2022

It has been a decade since Harmony Springs Christian Church made the decision to sell their building in downtown Akron, OH and purchase a nine-acre lot in nearby Green, OH. After worshiping in rented spaces during the intervening years, the congregation was excited to move into their brand-new facility in October 2021. The new property […]

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Grand Island volunteer finds symmetry, beauty in his faith

March 22, 2022

In but two years (1926-1928) St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island was completed, a marriage of faith and engineering. Mike Kube, a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral, knows quite a bit about the juxtaposition of science and the divine. Kube is an accomplished civil engineer, having been on the Bureau of Reclamation team who worked […]

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