|The late president, John Atta-Mills|
LEAD, Liberia: LEAD continues to do well and make progress on their goals. The research farm has now been able to give out pig loans to farmers - nineteen piglets to nine farmers. I will be traveling to Liberia at the end of October with Malcolm DeKryger, a pig farmer from Indiana, who will be advising and training LEAD farmers on best practices in pig raising. Todd DeKryger, the integrated pest management expert who traveled with us last year to Liberia, will be joining us as well, and will be addressing crop farmers on raising feed for the pigs. We are producing a high quality maize, moringa, and are starting to process palm nuts for pig feed. In June, LEAD was able to give out $45,000 US in loans to about 150 farmers, who are in 15 cooperatives. This is really exciting as we begin to see Liberia produce more and more of its own food! We are still looking to build a training center on the research farm to be able to research new crops for Liberia and train farmers in best practices. [If you missed the summer mailing that we did for that and still want to help out, please go to www.leadinliberia.net, and click on the link for the Farmer Field School. We still have a long way to go to satisfy that need and keep farmers moving forward!]
ACLCP, Côte d'Ivoire: The last time I wrote, I shared that Dea Lieu, the Director of ACLCP was able to return home after a successful kidney transplant in the US. He has been hard at work, reconnecting with family, church, and friends, and is re-establishing the work of ACLCP after his nearly two year absence. I will be joining them in mid-October to do some board training and address some organizational development issues. However, as there have been conflicts between border towns of Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire, the border is currently closed to people (goods can pass through). Since I usually drive from Monrovia to Danané, this presents a problem. Please pray with me for favor from the embassy and those at the border to let us through!
PCEN, Nigeria: I will also be spending several days in Nigeria, doing a training of trainers on our business training material. We will be going to the East Kambari Area (EKA) in order to see the work of Water Wins, one of our partners involved in well drilling, business development, and community development. We are thankful that Jos reports quiet for the past couple of weeks and pray that the peace continues. We learned that the largest Nigerian airline (on which we booked our tickets) was grounded this past week, so we pray that we can make it in!
The blog may be quiet for a bit but I will update when I can!