Sustainable farming efforts fill stomachs and boost dignity
Once patients are strong enough, we offer them opportunities to work on our farm to help raise animals or vegetables and barter them in the market. It mentally and physically strengthens patients and gives them a sense of purpose.
The goat farm started last year with 20 Malabari goats. They produce fat-free meat and are known to have high milk volume. Our goats breed two to three times per year and produce 2-3 kids per delivery. We now have 60 breeds including mother and kids!
Eligible patients receive free training and assistance so they can farm in their village. We give them a mother or baby goat to get started. Patients and their families benefit as they feed themselves and earn a small income. It also gives them dignity because they don’t have to resort to begging.
Our high tech poultry farm has 380 chickens who produce 300-320 eggs per year. These eggs are high in protein and other minerals that feed our entire staff and all of our patients. We sell the rest of the eggs at the market and use those funds for feed cost. We train eligible patients and get them started with cages and chickens so they can benefit from the food source and income.
We also have a high tech fish farm where we use Israeli Biofloc technology. We do high-density fish cultivation in small tanks using probiotics and full-time air circulation. Fish are cultivated twice a year, and like our other projects, we train and equip patients with the necessary resources so that they can farm fish too.
Embracing a Calling a World Away
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