GoalThe goal of this project is to train 20 local partners annually in South Africa in planting, cultivating and selling excellent quality fruit trees.
SummaryThis project seeks to raise $17,647 annually in order to strengthen families and communities through improved nutrition using micro-enterprise businesses.
Description"In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,' declares the Lord Almighty." (Zechariah 3:10)
Southern Africa has the ideal climate to grow a wide variety of useful fruit trees including avocados, mangoes, loquats, lychee, guava, citrus, macadamia, mulberries and more. Sadly, despite the great value of fruit trees for human health and improving the home environment landscape - the majority of urban dwelling and rural South Africans find themselves without the benefits of productive fruit trees in their homes or local communities.
This project has successfully established seedling nurseries. The next phase is training 20 people annually to prune and care for the trees, equip them to market and sell potted fruit trees, and teach them how to plant the trees around homes. For impoverished South Africans where unemployment among young adults is 50%, this project is a significant self-employment opportunity. Men can be a difficult audience to reach in ministry. This fruit tree project has seen men become the primary partners in the last year.
Mission and trees work well together. Discussion of Bible passages and spiritual matters occurs comfortably alongside the labor of working with trees. Isaiah 27:6, ESV says: “Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit”.
In addition to the 60 people who will be trained during the next 3 years, thousands of others will enjoy the benefits of improved nutrition, a more beautiful landscape, and their communities will be strengthened physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Suggested GiftsA gift of $1,176 will create 200 durable 10 gallon fruit tree bags.
$2,000 will provide peat moss, potting soil, root hormone, Glad bags needed annually.
$2,000 will supply sprayers, knives, shovels, trees stakes, chicken wire and organic treatments for insect prevention each year.
$3,000 will provide arborist equipment and ladders each year.
$5,882 will build ten large fruit nurseries capable of sheltering 300 young trees each.
$6,000 will enable the construction annually of nursery domes for tender seedlings.
Prayer RequestsPray that this project will promote health and provide more economic stability for South Africans.
Pray that this project brings the Shalom of Jesus via trees for our neighbors in Africa