Zambia – Oasis Care Market Garden

A Market Garden for The Community

Why Oasis Care?

Zambia - Food for All

Zambia – Food for All

Oasis Care, Zambia, was established to meet the needs of vulnerable women and children in the Kantalomba Compound, Ndola, where sadly, the high mortality rate was largely due to preventable issues of malnutrition and disease.

Feed them or Teach them?

The managers of the project wanted to do more than just feed these women and children, they realized the need to educate them to learn how to provide for and care for themselves.

What started as a humble once-a-week feeding program has since flourished as a result of kind and generous support.

We have been blessed to be able to purchase a large 25 acre parcel of land where we have established crops of maize, bananas, cabbage, tomatoes and onions.

Small steps for Oasis Care

The crops from this land provide both food and an opportunity to educate the women and older children on

Zambia - Food for Kids

Zambia – Food for Kids

sustainable farming methods.

Excess produce has been sold at the markets enabling us to provide much needed medical care as well as returning profits back into the farm to continue to build toward self sufficiency.

Latest improvements have included a new well and the purchase of six chickens and a rooster with the initial purpose of providing fertilizer for the gardens but which we hope in time will also supply us with new chicks and our own eggs.

It has been so encouraging to see the progress in this community as a result of this project- children are no longer missing school as often due to illness, and the women, while still hungry, are no longer starving.

Still much to be done

But there is still much to be done and we need your support to see this happen…

At present we are seeing 305 women and children being fed once a week, with additional food being provided to boost the immune system of those who are ill. We would love to be able to increase the meals to twice a week!

With the aim towards full self-funding we require a vermin-proof storage house for the excess maize and to purchase fertilizer for the crops to thrive.

Oasis Gardener Benson and TomatoesWe are very fortunate to have Benson, our full time gardener who already works above and beyond his duty. To allow the project to continue its expansion we will need to employ a second gardener to assist him.

So much can be done in the lives of these women and children, and every bit of your support goes such a long way.It only takes a few clicks to set up a one-off or regular payment to this worthy project.

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An Inspirational Founder and Manager

Lainah Phirl

Lainah Phirl – founder and manager

Lainah Phirl is the founder of and visionary behind Oasis Care. Born and raised in the Copperbelt, her amazing heart for her own people and her compassion and love for the children of Kantalomba are an inspiriation to anyone who meets her. She works fulltime with Oasis Care in coordinating the work, looking after the administration, working with Benson on the farm and has learnt all about farming crops and is a local ‘expert’ in what to and how to grow it. Together with her three children, Chimemwe (10), Joshua(7) and Mateo(3), Lainah lives on the Oasis Care farm some 10kms out of Ndola.

Health Issues

At the moment Lainah is struggling with a “horseshoe kidney” which means her two kidneys are joined at the bottom like a horseshoe. She has gall stones and a non-functioning kidney. Being in pain a lot of the time has not allowed her to do all the things she wants to do. It has slowed some things down whilst the other workers are doing their best to pick up the slack.

Gratitude for Assistance

Hopefully she will operate in Lusaka within the next couple of weeks. Due to some donations through HADA an operation is possible and Lainah expresses her gratitude, “You have given me hope of surviving and living again through your support to get treatment. As I write this email to thank you tears are dropping from my eyes knowing that no matter the distance someone wants me to get treatment and live again.”

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Feed them or Teach them?

Oasis Care, Zambia, was established to meet the needs of vulnerable women & children in the Kantalomba Compound, Ndola, where sadly, the high mortality rate was largely due to preventable issues of malnutrition and disease.

Oasis Gardener Benson and Tomatoes

Gardener Benson and Tomatoes

The managers of the project wanted to do more than just feed these women and children, they realized the need to educate them to learn how to provide for and care for themselves.

What started as a humble once-a-week feeding program has since flourished as a result of kind support from generous people like you.

We have been blessed to be able to purchase a large 25 acre parcel of land where we have established crops of maize, bananas, cabbage, tomatoes and onions.

Meet the Gardeners

The gardeners Benson and Alison are training others to make the market garden productive, and we can help them to do it by providing them with some resources.

Other Information

Potential Advance:

We have cataloged some 40 children and will soon start advertising child sponsorship. Sponsorship advertising is underway the response is slow so we need to do a lot more work on this.  We currently have 150 orphans that don’t go to school and would love to see a sponsorship programme to make this possible.

The staff in Zambia are currently following-up these children and talking to their families. Our aim is to start sponsorship in 2016 -17.  There is a lot of work in getting this started from all angles.

We also would like to empower the widows to start earning a living and are looking at ways to do this. Teaching tailoring is looking probable with some sewing machines already donated.

News

  • Slogan A Market Garden for The Community
  • Project Code ZMB-010
  • Project Manager Lainah Phirl
  • Listing categories Education / Development
  • Location / Region Africa
  • Address PO Box 733
    Ashmore City - 4214
    Australia

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