Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Garden for the Orphanage

Burkina Faso has just two seasons, a rainy season and a dry season. When it is the rainy season, it is very, very wet. And, when it is the dry season, it is very, very dry.

We are now in the rainy season. The rains have been really late in starting this year but in the past 10 days, the rains have been plentiful and consistent.

One of the short-term missionaries here with us for one month is Cassidy Maples. Cassidy is in her senior year at College of the Ozarks where she is majoring in horticulture.

Cassidy and several of our primary school children started a garden last week and already corn, lettuce and cucumbers are starting to come up. Cassidy and the children tilled the land using a daba, a short-handled hoe-like tool which is the primary tool used in farming here in Burkina.

Our children are very engaged in the project. They come and check the garden each day. They water it by drawing water from our surface hand-dug well. And, sometimes it looks like they are just watching to see if they can see the plants growing.

Thank you Cassidy for starting this garden with our children! We can’t wait to see the fruit of your work.

1 comment:

BeccaHuff said...

or vegetables in this case :P