Sheku wades into a paddy and grabs his first handful of Azolla geninely amazed that the bundings and plots he helped build back in June are harvest-ready just five short months later. Just 20 kilo of rice seed was nursed and planted in these six plots - five plots fertilized with Azolla and chicken manure and without the "benefit" of the recommeded chemical fertilzers, 20-20-20 and urea - and we can't wait to see the result as the Hope Sakuma team ready enthusiatically for ou
Azolla's been around for at least 48 million years and so has a very long tale to tell and one shortly to be told by the Azolla Foundation but for now - a nano-second in terms of Azolla's existence - a four minute whistlestop tour of Azola'a journey from Njala university to Sanda Magbolontor, where we're so grateful for Azolla's myriad benefits - helping Hope Sakuma intensify rice production sustainably, reducing our farmers input costs for fertilzier and weeding time and dyi
One of our farmers long-standing requests is for some really good quality hoes, so Med, our newest volunteer (and Mama Mayila's grandson) - joining us full-time when he completes his exams - was tasked over the summer by his uncle, Mo, to reserach the best way to provide our farmers with the most satisfying hoes we can afford. What have wheel rims got to do with it? Well, in Sierra Leone wheel rims are the thing to make the very best quality hoes, sturdy and strong and capabl
It's parents' evening at Rising Academy and the kids are waiting expectantly for their turn wth Uncle Williams and Uncle Sam to hear how they're doing at school while kindly making the time to take a few school snaps for the family album. FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY! Follow our journey bringing hope to vulnerable children in Sierra Leone - please ❤ and share to raise awareness for Ebola’s Generation and children living with disabilities.
The boys are having a break and Farm manager, Ayie, is proudly overseeing the Makelekos All-Stars hard at work digging cassava heaps around Hope Sakuma's cashew sapplings ready for some cassava sticks from the small cassva farm purchased last year. Farm manager Ayie and Hassan fetch the cassava sticks, from our Massilah feeder farm. And the Ladies set to carefully cutting and planting the sticks, thus founding Hope Sakuma's second cassava and cashew farm in the chiefdom. Our
The kids from Mama Mayila's Cradle brought smiles to the Mahanaim kids living with disabilities and thanks to Uncle Ian a huge donation of store cupboard esstentials and some treats for the kids! Miss Mercy, Alex, Destiny and Sid came along with Uncle Williams and Uncle Med, the newest volunteer to join our ranks, to Mahanaim House to visit with the kids and Madam Melrose. Unfortunately, Madam Melrose is back in hospital recuperating from high blood pressure. Gifts of rice, o
Meet our newest family members, as dedicated volunteer, Hope Sakuma's esteemed Duck Director and duck dad, Vidal, introduces the ducks! Now, these ducks might look like they've got it tough but soon they'll be feasting on the greener Azolla pastures of Hope Sakuma's demonstration farm as ducks and ducklings just love Azolla, rich in viatmins and minerals, just the thing to keep them healthy and boost their laying! A fine first brood and these little ducklings will, in turn, b
Chief Mohammed Lamin wades in to harvest the first pans of Azolla from our rice paddies to mulch Hope Sakuma's newly planted vegetable seedlings, The boys are carefully covering just the puddle for now to keep seedlings' roots cool and moist and when the rice in all the paddies is harvested, more Azolla can mulch the whole bed to supress weeds and retain more moisture as dry season comes. Now, for farmer field school and for our next seasons IVS all we need is some ducks... W