Sustainability at Acres of Hope Uganda
Some of the steps in becoming self-sustainable is the development of numerous agricultural projects. From goat rearing, to dairy cows, to pigs, turkeys, ducks, and chickens, Acres of Hope has a functioning farm. The children learn practical skills while they help care for the animals. The animals provide food for the students as well as an income for the program. Aquaponics is a unique project, the first of its kind in Northern Uganda. Its a fish pond, in which the waste is pumped out to nearby gardens and used a fertilizer. In addition to the aquaponics gardens, Acres of Hope recently planted a banana plantation, and has several other plots of land for growing crops.
In addition to supporting the students, Acres of Hope empowers the caregivers, mothers, and other women in the community by providing the resources to earn an income. Some women are currently raising animals such as goats and pigs as a long term investment, while others are creating and selling beautiful artwork.