Church gardens in
Orchard: Africa trains and equips local communities in vertical, container and raised bed farming initiatives, so that they are equipped to grow their own food.
One of the critical needs for success is healthy soil.
Orchard: Africa provides, free of charge to churches and community members, “worm tea” which is produced by earthworms and provides an excellent source of organic nutrients for plants. Worm tea is very expensive to purchase from regular outlets, thus producing it ourselves is vital to our program. The compost project will also provide the community with nutritious organic compost, also critical their farming efforts.
Seeds and seedlings are provided. Training, mentoring and regular visits to projects by our agricultural specialists provides the support needed to grow these seedlings into food.
Most of the villages where we work gets very hot for much of the year. Thus, for optimum yeilds, a shaded structure is needed in which raised garden beds and vertical farming structures will be built. This structure will help keep the soil moist in the summer heat and protect the plants from bugs and small pests, both of which will increase food production.
How These Projects Protect the Vulnerable
The first step in restoring food security to an impoverished community is to provide daily meals to those who cannot feed themselves. The community gardens give the immediate relief needed by many.
Health & Wellness
These projects supply nutrient-rich, organic produce for the villages. These nutrients are vital for protecting the body from the myriad of diseases that stem from malnutrition, and for proper physical development.
Parents do not want us to feed their children, they want the dignity of doing it for themsleves. These projects will support agriculture training for parents, allowing them to grow their own food.
Good nutrition plays an important role in a child’s cognitive development. A full belly also allows the children to do better in their schooling as they are not distracted by hunger pains and have increased energy.
Work & Income
Jobs for village residents are scarce and low paying. Those who learn to grow their own produce can sell their excess crops to other residents. This provides the grower with a much needed income source.
Evangelism & Ministry
As the village community gathers to eat and learn gardening skills, they are drawn to a local church that is actively caring for their body and soul. This provides increased opportunities to share the hope of Christ.
As the project sponsor, you’ll receive detailed reports that provide greater detail on the project, show the project’s progress, and demonstrate its impact. Each of these projects is estimated to take 6 months to complete.
- Sent after project is funded & started
- Intro to the village and people
- Project timelines & goals
- “Before” photos of the project worksite
- Midterm update sent after work on the ground has reached it’s midway point.
- Progress against initial timelines & goals
- Photos of the project & workers
- Sent after project is completed and verified
- “After” photos of the completed project
- Stories of the live’s being impacted
- Longterm impact of the project
Compost & Soil
Labor & Admin
Heirloom Seeds / Worms
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Can I give by check, ACH, or wire transfer?
Yes, we can accept all those forms of payment.
Please use the below address for mailing a check, and contact us to setup an ACH or wire donation.
312 N Alma School Rd, Ste. 17
Chandler, AZ 85224
What can go wrong with the project?
Orchard: Africa works in some of the poorest and most challenging communities in Southern Africa because that’s where the need is greatest. Given that, despite our best efforts to the project’s expectations, forces beyond our control occasionally require a change of plans. The list of uncertainties we’ve encountered is long: policies change, political policy changes, droughts, storms, and changing community needs.
No matter what happens, we promise that your donation will fund project costs. In addition to updating you about our progress, we’ll inform you if the location of project has to change. In the unlikely event that we need to totally reallocate your funds, we’ll work with you to put them towards a project similar to the one you chose to support in the first place.
How much is the local church involved in the project?
Every step of the way. The projects aren’t “complete” until the churches receiving them are engaged and empowered to care for them.
In most cases, church leaders enlist local community members to help contstruct the project from beginning to end. For larger construction projects, we contract with in-country professionals who have the nessesary expertise and equipment. Once completed, the projects are operated & maintained by the local church and, occassionally, visiting Journey Teams.
We believe that lasting changes happens when a church and community are equipped provide for themselves.
Can I designate my donation to a different village?
The villages are chosen based on the high priority of their need. We ask that you trust us to know the need and capacity of each village. Ofcourse, we will consult with you as much as you need.