Our container arrives but not without some palaver. Long story short the container arrives but the crane to lift the container arrives later. Much later. The first crane hired to meet the truck bearing the container from Holland Shipyards breaks down en-route and another is eventually sourced by Alpha, our resourceful Builder which finally arrives but with one truck driver anxious to get on and after manoeuvring in and one or two tries our poor container’s hastily dropped, no
Uncle Williams drops off a kind donation for the Mahanaim kids finding the kids in their temporary pan-body accommodation while their old home is demolished and rebuilt. Still smiling through all the disruption these resilient kids are really happy receiving rice and palm oil from Hope Sakuma, tomato paste, maggi, laundry soap as well as 200,000 le cash money all thanks to Uncle Ian and Aunty Deanna. And Masie and the Mahanaim kids are even happier receiving beaucoup biscuits
The Hope Sakuma team begin their grand groundnut harvest, carrying the nutritious staple back to the farmyard to dry ready to store and replant and what plump groundnut they are too! Gathering armfuls of groundnut plants the team sit under the shade of a tree to pluck the plump tubers from their roots collecting the nutritious bounty in bowls. Carried back to the farm the nuts are left to fry in the Sanda sun ready to store for the next planting season. FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY! Pl
Grandma and Uncle Mo take the kids on their first trip to the site of their new home somewhere along the Peninsular. And it's not long before the kids take off and explore enjoying the peace and quiet and open air; finding a pretty brook to splash about in; fetching water up with beautiful Sugar Loaf and the sea in distant view before finding a house built of stone to enjoy some foraged (generously donated by a neighbour) cucumber and lemons! FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY! Follow our jo
The Hope Sakuma team reach the nineteenth, digging over and levelling the last paddies returning from vegetable production to rice duty. Rolling logs to form a bridge over the peripheral canal and making access easier the team also clear the canal and dig it deeper and wider to ensure an even flow of water. Later the Ladies of Makelekos return to puddle the paddies by toe and by hoe before transplanting nerica buttercup seedlings from their nursing beds. FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY! P
With a building to build, a permanent home for the kids and Mama Mayila’s Cradle, we’re going to need plenty bricks! And to keep costs down we want to make our own bricks building on our experience making bricks for our store and bakery. And we want to use hydra-form bricks, an innovative brick that interlocks reducing the amount of cement by 80% and makes for a super-strong building. So our trusty builder, Alpha, investigates, enquiring of several artisan metal workers and m
The Hope Sakuma team continue their rainy season project to extend the cassava farm right up to the rice paddies providing plenty of space to interplant with cashew and fruit saplings the team have been growing. Clearing the scrub the guys then dig high heaps ready for planting. The Ladies select prime cassava sticks from the main cassava farm expertly cutting them to propagating size before Miss Ballou leads the Ladies planting the freshly cut sticks in the newly dug heaps.
Looks like we’ve found our somewhere, along the peninsular with fantastic open views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, not so far from the beach and today we find Chief Surveyor Tucker and team, along with dedicated volunteers Uncles Williams and Osman watching on as the surveyors survey, digging in ‘bacon’ markers at each of the boundary points of almost an acre destined for a permanent home for Mama Mayila’s Cradle and the kids. FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY! Follow our journey bringing hope to