Picture1In April we introduced the “water pump project” in partnership with ASSAM & YWAM   missions. We’ve now  got these irrigation pumps operating in 3 villages and this looks like it has   the potential to become a huge  success. These foot treadle pumps can lift water vertically up to 7   metres and distribute it up to 54 metres. The concept is - interested groups have to form an   “association” to manage the operation of the pump and the  farm. They must agree [by contract]   to create a community garden where they can grow vegetables which will supplement their diet   and provide income through selling surplus. 10% of this produce must provide  for widows and   orphans in the village. The pump will enable them to continue growing healthy vegetable crops   through the dry season – exciting new possibilities. We provide the first lot of seed, then they   will keep seed from plants grown for future planting. To avoid problems associated with   “giving” stuff –  we retain ownership of the pumps and if they fail to fulfil the agreed conditions   of their contract, we may give the pump to another community. Pray that their enthusiasm for  this concept will be sustained.

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