Discipleship and Christian Leadership Development: Adonai is founded on Christian principles. This guides our approach to child rearing and human development. Church is on Sunday. Every Tuesday, children participate in an hour of fellowship and learning. Every last Saturday of the month time is set aside for leadership development with bible clubs and sharing of the word. On occasion, we are fortunate to receive disciples on exchange. For example, our relationship with Fit-2-Serve has provided us with extraordinary opportunities to exchange, learn from and walk with other followers of Christ from other parts of the world.
Economic Sustainability: Most families in the area make their living as subsistence farmers. Some sell fruits and vegetables when they have crops to spare. Rarely, however, do families have sufficient income to spend on school fees or other educational investments in their children. The cycle of poverty continues.
We understand that sustaining Adonai as well as providing opportunities for our graduates depends ultimately on the community's prosperity. Therefore, we have supported various income generating activities in the community. Our "pay-it-forward" livestock program has provided goats and pigs to local residents. We also initiated a revolving, micro-loan program to support local, small scale entrepreneurs. We hope to continue and expand these programs as we find the resources to do so.
Organizational Self-Sufficiency: Like any sustaining, community based nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support of donors and the work of our partners. But we have a vision of sustainability that we work toward every day.
With support from AdonaiUK we purchased and now manage Mubende Farm, a 19 acre plot that provides some of our staples, such as corn for the porridge or posho (meal) children might eat at breakfast or lunch. Or the yams, cassava and potatoes they may eat at an evening meal.
We also have a very busy livestock program. Our herd of 13 goats provides milk (and added protein) for the posho our children eat in the morning. This program was started with a gift from US partner Project Harambee. Our chicken flock, started with a gift from ForgottenSong, also US based, now numbers 550. The project provides us with eggs and we sell the extra to purchase the feed to maintain and grow the flock.
We are constantly on the look-out for new sources of income or ways to reduce costs.
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