ROP plants the seeds of our future.
From Amakuru! (Newsletter of the Rwandan Orphan’s Project)
The ROP is very excited to announce the start of our very own agricultural project! For the last few years we have been looking for ways to make the ROP Center more self-sustaining and less dependent on donors.
In mid 2012 we were extremely fortunate to win a grant from the French Embassy that would allow us to construct five large greenhouses on the land we bought back in 2011, thanks to a generous donation from Tony and Carol Roberts. Although we had the funding for the greenhouses themselves, we lacked funds for the necessary irrigation system as well for startup costs such as tools, equipment and, most importantly, staff to manage the project. That’s where Line Loen and her wonderful organization Metamorfose AS stepped in. The long time Norwegian partner granted us funding for the irrigation system as well as enough funding to run the project for one year.
We brought in Jacques Tuyishime to manage the project. Jacques studied agriculture at the National University of Rwanda and has several years of experience working in agriculture and animal husbandry with his family prior to joining the ROP. To assist Jacques in the field we promoted Anastase and Emmanuel as his assistants from their former positions in the Center. Both are ROP graduates from several years ago who were brought back and have made great staff members.
This new agriculture project will be ROP’s first large scale income generating
enterprise. In these greenhouses we plan to grow large quantities of vegetables,
including tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers and zucchini, among others, all year round. We will sell our crops to various markets, restaurants and hotel kitchens around Kigali and use the profits to fund the ROP Center for Children.
Although we’re not sure just how profitable this new venture will be, we are excited to see where our new project will take us.
Read more and help ROP at the Rwandan Orphan’s Project.