And now… Ebola Virus
Uganda has hit the world news with an outbreak of Ebola in western
parts of the nation. World Health Organization is working closely
with the Ministry of Health to try to contain this deadly, dangerous
virus. Some people have died of the disease which currently has no
medical cure. Two districts have been isolated completely for 21
days… no one in, no one out except for medical personnel. Life goes on as
normal where we live but the impact is being
felt by a huge reduction of tourists & visitors to the country,
another big slow down in the economy with prices going up and and
sales going down. Then there is the fear that accompanies
What is Ebola Virus Disease?
Cheryl… back in school!
I (Cheryl) am taking an online course on the Soil Food Web.
This is an introductory course on the role of microbiology and
microbes in soil regeneration. My brain is being stretched in
exploring chemistry and microbiology concepts I haven’t thought
about in, let’s say several years.
I am loving it! Sometimes I have to stop and worship as I see the
amazing way God created the smallest details to work together in
perfection. Understanding soil care and regeneration is the
greatest need in agriculture here. The information is coming
just at the right time and we already are putting it into practice
as we learn.
Should you like to know more, here are some
videos that explain the basic concepts.
We are not where we want to
be BUT… We are not where we used to be
Continual discoveries, continual corrections, some failures, some
“let’s try this”, continual improvements has made our Creation Care
Learning Centre and farms a destination for all kinds of people
seeking to learn a bit more about agriculture and agroforestry.
Primary, secondary, post secondary students come for tours.
Agribusiness leaders, agricultural educators, farmers, environmental
groups and more, come and learn at our spaces. We are trying to
become excellent at what we do while giving many young people the
opportunity to succeed and often to fail… producing a great model
is not easy!
We Want To Become Better
The rest of this communication describes some of our attempts to
become better. Better people, better stewards of God’s creation,
give better opportunities & hope to this generation and to better
reflect His heart in a broken world.
Graduation – Intensive Agrobusiness Training
Another graduation of young men & women from our 10 week
residential program. A recent trip to visit graduates around the
country has shown that the skills taught are helping youth get jobs,
start small businesses, go on to an agriculture and find direction
with passion for their lives. Thank you for sponsoring of some of
these students. The cost per student for 10 week residental program
is $330 CAD.
In this pic the visitors are from the Ministry of Agriculture in
Tanzania, an engineer from South Africa, an Irishman director of an
Ag Business, the head of the best private university in Uganda and the
designer/engineer of an electric tractor being developed in the
country. Many people feel our small farm is a good example of the
future of agriculture… agroforestry, diversity,
permaculture/organic principles demonstrated, good use of space,
Readiness Program – 10 recent university graduates to join
We are participating in a six month work readiness program
for recent university graduates intended to help address the
biggest problem for young graduates. The problem is this…
a piece of paper (a degree) without any work experience
results in employers not ready to employ these graduates.
The bridge is assisting graduates of different disciplines
to gain some experience in the work place and then hopefully
prepare them to move to full employment. We are employing 10
graduates with assistance from the Private Sector Foundation
of Uganda starting Nov 1st. It’s a very big challenge for
Into All The World (IATW) visitors to
Executive Director Andrea and Board of Directors Chairperson Beryl visited with
us from Canada. Together we visited different mission works across
Uganda then travelled to Kenya together. This pic is of Andrea &
Beryl sharing with our students during their lecture time at our
Our Trees Our Future at Work
Rains have continued so we are able to continue educating
communities and schools on the value of and necessity of
tree planting. The trees we offer are for fruits for better
nutrition, sources of income(fruit & timber), firewood
(woodlots), shade, property border identication, medicinal
value, and of course to protect the evironment.
Sometimes what we plant grows very well like black
raspberries. Highly nutritious, a high value product as
we find markets, it’s a vine that we invested a little money
in to get started. Now we are experiencing a bumper harvest
and are increasing our black raspberry space.
We have not seen it grown anywhere in the country but it’s
thriving on our farm.
Challenges include short “shelf-life”, extremely thornly,
and difficult to transport on bad roads.
Great with plain yogurt at home also!
One of our new staff produces mushrooms so he willing to
train our students and staff on mushroom growing.
Start very small scale, hope to have some success and
then begin selling at our farmers market.
This also can become a low cost startup to a new business
for some of interns and other trainees after completion of
their time with us.
Prayer Requests & Thanksgiving
* Prayer for us – We under some extreme pressure… some good, some
bad. Inflation, terrible economy, finances, expanding staff,
government corruption, greed, deception, navigating culture,
* Thanks for supporting our training programs and prayer for
provision for the last program of the year which ongoing.
* Prayer for wisdom as we explore an MOU with Uganda’s
leading private university
* Prayer for the Ebola situation that it would contained and
* Pray for an increase in sales of our nursery products and
* For gifts to fund our tree seedling distribution.
Planting the right trees in the right place… a long term solution.
* For our personal support – Thank you to those who continue to
assist us monthly.
Thank you for your partnership, friendship, prayer and financial
Nick & Cheryl