Sharing Hope Africa’s primary project in Eswatini is Sharing Hope Farm in the Lubombo Valley.
Sharing Hope Farm
1. The farm provides fresh, nutrient-dense food.
More than 30% of the population in Eswatini is affected by HIV. Providing our neighbors and communities with healthy, fresh food to those with HIV/AIDS is vital; it is necessary to maintain strength, energy and a healthy immune system. In addition to our neighbors, the farm also provides food for area care points that serve orphaned and vulnerable children in our community.
2. The farm is demonstrating and teaching sustainable farming techniques.
Since eSwatini has experienced massive drought throughout the past decade, we have implemented a farming technique called aquaponics — a method using fish to fertilize water that gravity-feeds into water beds with plant floating on top. The plants clean the water, and it is then pumped back into the fish tank. Because the same water is being recycled, this method of farming uses 90% less water than traditional farming and is also an organic and compact growing method.
3. The farm creates a revenue stream and employment opportunities for people in our community.
In eSwatini, over half of adult individuals are unemployed. Because of the high unemployment rates, many people resort to unethical and damaging ways of making money to provide for their families. The farm currently provides steady, ethical employment for six people in our community and also provides an in-country revenue stream.
Sharing Hope Farm is still recovering from the devastating Cyclone Eloise, which destroyed all crops in the region in January 2021. The farm has been focused on reaching its previous production levels!
Additionally, we currently have 300 holes ready for mango trees! We are continuously raising money to invest in the mango tree grove – and we would love your help. Head to our donation page to contribute today!
Current farm-focused projects & fundraising goals surround:
- Fence Repair
- Chicken Coop
- Water Tanks
- Fuel & Vehicle Maintenance
- Solar Panel Repair
- Mango Trees