Posts Tagged ‘Produce’

Agriculture—Reaping the Benefits

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

The agriculture programs at ICC’s children’s villages are busy with activity this summer. One such program is at the Fountain of Life Children’s Village. Recently we received an update about their first harvest of plantains. Felix, the project director, reports that “In one month we’ll be harvesting continuously, and we’ll be able to sell some of the harvest—not in great quantity, but we will no longer be buying and we’ll start getting some income.”

Plantains that are part of the first harvest from our farm at the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua

The First of the First. The first plantains to be harvested at the ICC Nicaragua farm.

Agriculture is such a vital part of our ICC children’s villages. It benefits the children in so many positive ways by providing a balanced diet, practical work experience, and income from the sale of extra produce. However, there are subtle benefits as well.

This child from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua helps to harvest a bunch of plantains almost as big as he is!

This child from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua helps to harvest a bunch of plantains almost as big as he is!

Imagine a young child being rescued from life on the streets. He has no concept of the safety and security of a home and family, and begging food may be how he survives. Now, place that same child in an ICC village and give him love, security and nutritious meals.

Take him to the garden and patiently teach him about the ways of plants. Let him prepare the soil for planting, sow seeds, and wait expectantly for sunshine and rain. Watch him search day-by-day for the first tiny leaf to poke through the soil. Help him care for the tender plant and harvest the first fruits of diligent labor.

Then teach him about his Heavenly Father who loves and cares for him and who has a plan for him to grow and develop and bear fruit. With such therapy, an orphan child cannot help but gain a positive sense of belonging. And when that occurs, the orphan is no longer really an orphan and can grow to his or her full potential just like a well cared for plant in the garden.

You can see from these pictures that the plantain crop is well cared for in Nicaragua. The children have much for which to be thankful, and because you care, we are able to care. Your investment in the children’s programs of ICC enables agriculture programs like the one in Nicaragua to flourish.

On behalf of the children, thank-you for your continued support,

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

First Fruits at DEWS Sweet Home

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Rick and Sharon Fleck have recently visited ICC’s DEWS Sweet Home in India. You may recall in a previous posting that extensive flooding swamped our children’s village as can be seen in this picture. There was great concern about the welfare of our campus gardens. However, God was merciful and the project recently harvested some of the produce.

Rick sent a report that included this photo of Kumari, our children’s services director. She is displaying the first fruits of the string bean crop. These beans were given as a special offering in church. This was to make a public declaration that we owe everything to God. Our ICC India family is very happy that they were able to give this special gift to God.

Kumari shows the beans from the first harvest of ICC India's garden after recent heavy flooding.

Kumari, ICC India's children's services director, shows the beans from the first harvest of ICC India's garden after recent heavy flooding.

The older boys and house fathers at Sweet Home are the ones mainly responsible for working in the gardens. Together they have put forth the effort to make the gardens productive and beautiful once again. What a blessing that the gardens have recuperated after the devastating floods.

The ICC India gardens during the recent flooding

The flooded garden.

Lily Kaligithi
Director
ICC India/DEWS Sweet Home