The Food Situation
The cost of providing 650 school meals a day and all meals for the champions and boarders at Revival is spiralling out of control. It has recently become a struggle to provide even the most basic meal of posho and beans. While this diet provides calories and some protein it lacks the vitamins and minerals that are essential for children to grow properly and stay healthy. Ivan has had some children long enough to notice that some of them are developing medical conditions related to poor nutrition.
The Agriculture Project
- growing a range of crops will improve the diet of the children supporting their growth and giving them increased resistance to illness and disease
- income generated from the sale of surplus crops will help make the Revival Centre more financially self-sufficient
- having our own farm enables vocational training to be given in a range of farming skills
- by providing casual work for farm labourers thus linking with and supporting the local community.
Progress to date
Funds are still required to make the most of land, there is much to do and plans are under way to see what is possible.
A number of school and orphanage projects have established and progressively expanded farms to the point where after a number of years they have become fully self-sufficient and sustainable. This is now a long term aim of the Revival Centre.