Oasis of Grace Ministries – Musana Power and Poultry Projects Musana Power Project:
Musana Orphan Care Center has a mission to help improve the social economic welfare and vulnerability of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and the Youth in Musana, Zimbabwe. This mission seeks
to better the quality of life for the children and adolescents at the center by providing food, programs, and life skills. There are roughly 170 children who benefit from this mission.
In order to increase the self-sustainability of the orphanage, the center has the near term goal of becoming a poultry farm. A critical component to reaching this goal is to create the supporting infrastructure with the installation of water and electricity.
By providing electricity and water to the center we are partnering with them to help them move towards self-sustainability (life skills and monetary) and decrease their dependence on additional funding sources. This will be accomplished by the following:
Providing safe and clean water will reduce waterborne diseases especially among children.
Installation of electricity and water will enable construction of additional projects at the center.
One of which is the poultry project (see below). This project is specifically designed for egg production (2000 layer birds with 6,400 trays of eggs produced each month).
TOTAL need for this project: $30,000
Musana Poultry Project, Zimbabwe:
Musana Orphan Care Center has a mission to help improve the social economic welfare and vulnerability of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and the Youth in Musana. This mission seeks to better the quality of life for the children and adolescents at the center by providing food, programs, and life skills. There are roughly 170 children who will benefit from this mission the first year and 560 after that.
The project has a three-fold strategy, in that it seeks to create a viable income generation project for Oasis of Grace Musana, giving it an alternate way to support its daily activities and to improve the welfare of the OVC and the Youth.
The project will generate poultry products for sale and the proceeds will not only assist the organization to meet the basic necessities of life for the OVCs, such as medical care and scholastic materials, but also reduce the financial costs the organization spends on buying these products for daily consumption. And it has been proven that poultry products are a cheap source of the protein which is vital in maintaining the immune system of HIV positive persons for as long as possible. This will be a great help to some of the local OVC who are living with HIV.
Second, the project seeks to create employment opportunities to some of the youth so that they can take care of themselves and to some extent their dependents. The project might also be a model for future income generation projects within the community and will be replicated by both Oasis of Grace Musana and other indigenous Non Government Organizations in nearby communities.
Project Expected Results
In the first year, the project will have 2,000 laying hens that will produce eggs for sale
At the end of each hen’s egg-producing life, the hen will be put on the market. Profits realized from this will be reinvested into the project, as a part of ensuring its sustainability and assisting the organization in the running of its daily activities.
The project will create employment for at least 30 youths who are currently not employed in meaningful activities. This employment will give them an alternative way to generate income, decreasing their dependency on handouts, and thereby decreasing their risk of transmitting andcontracting HIV/STDs.
The project will provide OVC and youth with practical skills and in poultry keeping, business, marketing, and management. These skills can be used in future jobs or income generation activities of their own accord.
After the first year, the project will reduce the Organization (Oasis of Grace Musana) dependence on donor funding, enabling it to sustain 20% of its current activities after that.
Profits from the project, invested directly into the project Oasis of Grace Musana education, health and prevention efforts, will empower women to protect themselves, decreasing their risk of HIV and STD infection, and thus decreasing the future prevalence of HIV throughout Musana Rural Area.
The project will be a model for future income generation projects within the community and will be replicated by Oasis of Grace Ministries in other localities.
TOTAL need for this project: $60,000 Nyanga Agricultural Project, World Vision:
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. They serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world.
World Vision’s work in Zimbabwe includes a special focus on helping orphaned and vulnerable children, many affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis.
For The Least of These will provide funding for a project in the northeast region of Zimbabwe called Nyanga North Area Development Project. There are 2,883 orphans in this project area, including 79 who have lost both parents and are living in what are called “child-headed households.” Our support will go specifically to help provide these orphans and vulnerable children with a sustainable food supply. Other partners, including a church in San Francisco, are providing other essentials like clean water wells.
One of the specific areas of our assistance will be the site selection, preparation, and planting of three large vegetable gardens / tree orchards in three separate areas that will benefit about 20 orphans each (for a total of 60 orphans). The vegetables and fruitbearing trees will be a source of nutritious food for the children and a potential source of income if they sell extra fruit at the market.
Each site will be equipped with a water holding tank to provide regular irrigation for the plants and trees. A local, World Vision trained Child Protection Committee will provide daily monitoring of the project to ensure the children are benefiting to the greatest extent from these garden and orchard sites.