program in 2011 that we look forward to the Semillas de Esperanza
Program of the Soloy Ngóbe Catholic Mission in 2012.
The Semillas de Esperanza groups work together to build a better future for their families. Central to the program is the agricultural project that involves formation gatherings, group work, family seed loans, animal breeding, tool sharing and “village sample farms”. Through a synthesis of traditional indigenous ngóbe practice and the best practices of organic methods today, we are developing a new model of “Alternative Ngóbe Agriculture”!
In 2011 we have seen very significant improvement in crop quality and quantity.
The organic methods are taking hold and the participants are very excited to begin the next crop cycle in 2012.
Additional projects such as latrines, rain water harvest systems, mud stoves and reforestation help the participants combat the conditions of extreme poverty, malnutrition and constant sickness in which the families live.
In 2012 we hope to raise enough funds to test economical SOLAR LIGHT KITS in one the villages, which will open great new opportunities. All of our villages are off the electric grid. Candles and gas lamps are dangerous and battery lighting is expensive. We have tested an affordable light kit (under $100.00) in our chapels throughout 2011. The kit includes the solar panel, cables and lighting with integrated battery.
The road is not always easy and there is a lot of work to be done. But we step forward with faith in what is possible when we put our lives in God´s care and our hands to the soil.
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Semillas de Esperanza (Seeds of Hope) is a program of the Ngöbe Catholic Mission of Soloy that attempts to promote the full human dignity of the participants through processes of active participation. Holding cultural identity at the heart of development, celebrating Ngöbe traditions and values, as well as evaluating the best that new technologies can offer, Semillas de Esperanza intends to uphold the human centered development that Catholic Social Teaching promotes.
We are very thankful for all of the prayers and support that this program has received.