Increasing self-sustainability is essential for our villagers’ dignity, ownership, and guarding against creating dependency. It is our goal that MCM – Uganda grows more each year in it’s ability to self- sustain through programs in farming and animal husbandry.
MCM children learn self-reliance, practical skills and work ethic: Our kids, especially those who are housed with us because they have no family to take them in, are asked to help out with our agricultural and other projects. They take pride in contributing to, not just receiving from, MCM. In addition to the practical skills they gain, they learn the value and reward of hard work.
Support employment: MCM employs a number of adults from the village to take care of our on-site children and facilities and manage our agricultural and animal husbandry endeavors.
Sharing our resources: Our agricultural projects provide food for on-site children and MCM staff, and are also available to assist local families in dire need.
Since 2014 MCM has been breeding, raising and selling pigs. In our years of having the piggery over 120 piglets have been sold for profit or given away to MCM families. This program provides high-quality nutrition to families, income for MCM and employment for our piggery caretaker.
MCM began the dairy program with the generous gifts of two cows in 2019. Both cows produced two calves the first year and over 1075 liters of milk. The milk is sold to local villagers or given away to families in need. The milk has made a big difference in the families’ health.
MCM began raising chickens in 2015. Chicks purchased immediately after hatching are raised to provide eggs or meat. 300 laying hens have produced as many as 200 eggs per day. In 2021 MCM increased our number of chicks to 500 with the construction of a larger hen house.
MCM owns 4.8 acres of fertile land on which we have grown beans, Irish potatoes, sorghum and cabbage in season. 100 banana trees planted in January 2021 are expected to provide a harvest in early 2022.