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We envision a Liberia where all children are empowered by a Christian education to realize the fullness of God’s grace and the joys of a healthy, productive life. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me." In gratitude for all God has provided and in joyful response to his Son's unconditional love for us, we are motivated by our Christian faith to share His love and serve alongside the poor and oppressed children and families of Liberia.
Poultry Farming Has Begun
One of our important long-range goals is to help the Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center (GLTC) become financially self-sufficient and sustainable for the future – reducing its dependence on US funding. A key component in our strategy to achieve this is through the development of income-generating activities on the 15-acre GLTC campus that will not only provide revenue streams for school operations, but will create job opportunities for local community members. Our Guesthouse and Block Making ventures are examples of this.
Our most recent initiative is the creation of a poultry farm – the GLTC Poultry Farm. With input from members of the Deanville community and research into the marketplace, it was discovered that a severe shortage of locally-grown eggs and poultry products exists in Liberia. Many of the eggs sold in the local Gbarnga markets are imported, primarily from India and eastern European countries. Demand exists for Liberian-grown eggs. Eggs and chicken meat could also be a great source of nutrient- and protein-rich addition to lunches served to the GLTC school children who typically consume a great deal of rice with limited quality protein sources.
We approached Rotary International with the concept of starting a poultry farm and, through the efforts of Rotarians Michelle and Tony Gasbarro (members of Messiah Lutheran Church - Fitchburg, MA), Gbarnga Mission was awarded a grant of over $37,000 to assist us in developing a poultry farm on our school campus. With added support from other generous private donations, a feed storage building and two of the three poultry houses have been constructed. Each poultry house will accommodate approximately 500 chickens each. GLTC Poultry Farm is partnering with BRAC, one of the largest international NGOs (www.brac.net/liberia), which is implementing a national initiative to revitalize livestock and poultry farming in Liberia. BRAC has its own hatchery in southeastern Liberia and a local field office in Gbarnga through whom we can purchase chicks and feed, as well as receive training for our farm staff. All birds will be properly vaccinated and selected from breeds that are suitable for raising in Liberia and accustomed to the local growing conditions.
God has placed the right people in our path, once again. We have been blessed to have found a young Christian man named Moore Tumamee who lives nearby in Gbarnga. He possess the right combination of organizational skills, Bachelors Degree in agriculture and livestock, and – most importantly – the vision and determination to help our farm succeed. Tumamee is now our farm manager and is being assisted by Bendu Sackie, a Christian woman who lives in the village of Deanville and has practical experience raising chickens.
Our first 250 day-old chicks were delivered by BRAC on June 5, 2018. We will gradually increase our chicken population through quarterly purchases of 250 chicks until we reach full capacity with 1,500 egg-laying hens! We look forward to our first eggs when our initial batch of chickens matures and begins laying in late September. Tumamee and Bendu will be busy!
Chicken feed, wages, and ongoing care of the flocks is expensive. Please consider a gift to support this initiative. Thanks!
Can You Read?
The answer is probably “yes” since you are reading this. However, literacy is in short supply in Liberia. The current literacy rate is 48 percent.
Of course, reading (and writing) are important in the Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project. To provide an outstanding experience for our students, the school has contracted with Liberia Reads!, which provides a professional development program for teachers. This will help them develop the literacy skills of our students. The intensive program will provide a 72 hour training class in the first year and a 35 hour refresher course in year two. Appropriate books will be provided and allow each child to have his/her own copy during class. Liberia Reads! pays for the curriculum, trainers, materials, training meals assessments and regular monitoring. The program costs $2700, and a benefactor has agreed to fund the program. We look forward to producing a crop of competent and avid readers and writers.
Please pray for our students and staff as we begin this new program together starting with the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.