Watoto Agriculture has done a lot in quite a short time. They’ve established a goat farm with about 120 mature does to provide milk for Watoto babies. They’ve established a 200 acre crop and vegetable farm, which will most likely go into all irrigated vegetable production in the near future, when the land they are procuring up north is ready to go. The laying hens will soon be laying and the feed mill will soon be milling.
Another reason Watoto is awesome: Today in the Sustainability office I got serenaded by a Watoto staff member – for no reason other than he just wanted to sing and I must have looked like I wanted to listen.
Back to agriculture. There are some things the busy Agriculture team just hasn’t had time to do, but now they have an extra mzungu here (me), wandering around Kampala and surrounding areas having the time of her life, and wanting to help out in any way she can.
Some days I do more observing than helping. Like yesterday – I spent the day at the feed mill in Buloba, where they were drying the first batch of corn from this season’s harvest. I had never been around a running grain dryer before, so I mainly watched and took pictures.
Something else I am working on is to write operational manuals for each farm: gathering information and getting it all in one place so farm managers have something consistent to reference and staff members know what is expected of them. Of course, some of these things are still being set up and there is a lot we don’t know yet, but I have spent the last week researching things like poultry mites and following smarter people around, peppering them with questions about the farms.
Today, a recent friend of Watoto’s is making his second trip to Uganda from Australia. Linton came here in June to see what Watoto is doing, and he got so excited about the whole WCCM vision and Agriculture’s part in it. He is a farmer growing irrigated horticultural crops, and he is coming to help Watoto get started on a 20-acre dam at the vegetable farm. He found someone in Australia to engineer the dam for free, then he raised thousands of dollars overnight to finance it. I get to hang out with him while he’s here and help stake it out. It should be fun, and a learning experience, considering there probably isn’t enough water where I’m from to fill a 20-acre dam.
Being here with people – Ugandans and foreigners – who have the same vision and are using their skills and resources to accomplish Watoto’s mission of rebuilding the country and raising young leaders has got me thinking. How many people do I know who could contribute to efforts like this? How many teachers and professors do I know who could teach their skills? How many business people do I know who could work on WCCM’s Sustainability project? Linton is coming here a second time already. He’s averaging one trip per month, so far. Watoto is a huge ministry, and the whole idea is to care for the kids holistically. That means we are providing them a safe and nurturing place to live, guidance, food, medical care, education, and opportunities.
No matter what you do or what stage of life you’re in – there’s a place for you to help at Watoto.
Are you a farmer? COME – we need you.
Are you a medical professional? COME – 2,600 kids need you.
Are you a businessman? COME – you can help this ministry sustain itself.
Can you build or fix things? COME – stuff here always breaks!
Are you good at managing people and getting things done efficiently? COME – efficiency is largely a new idea here.
Are you an engineer or an architect? COME – you have valuable skills!
Are you gifted in organization and administration? COME – the workforce in this country is made up mostly of young and inexperienced people who could learn much from someone like you!
Are you a good communicator? COME – this ministry needs people all over the world telling its story.
Are you a parent? COME – Thousands of orphans need loving care.
Can you be a conduit for the love of God to others? COME – this entire country needs that!
Ok, the entire world needs that, but you have to start somewhere. Start right where you are, but you seriously need to see what Watoto is doing. I don’t know how you could ever regret it.