Self-sustainability is essential for moving away from reliance on the generosity of outsiders. It is our goal that eventually MCM is able to pay for our our mission in the village through self-sustaining agricultural and other enterprises.
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 endeavors.
Sharing our resources: Our agricultural projects provide food not only for on-site children and MCM staff, but are also available to assist local families in dire need.
Seeking to provide for the community and make our mission self-sustaining
In 2014 we built a pig shed and purchased sows and boars for breeding. Since then, nearly every year has seen more litters of piglets. These we raise from birth through weaning, when sell them to farmers to raise for meat.
This endeavor not only provides high-quality nutrition to families, but also income for MCM and employment for our piggery caretaker. Since we started the piggery in 2014, we have sold approximately XX piglets.
Chicks purchased are raised by us to provide eggs or meat. Last year's 300 chicks brought us laying hens which produced as many as 200 eggs per day. This years 500 chicks will be raised and sold for their meat.
Dairy: We have one cow and one calf, the cow having produced 1075 liters of milk since May 2020. One of our students who has three siblings with health issues walks to our home daily and gets 2 liters of free milk for his family. This has been going on now for almost a year and it has made a HUGE difference in the family’s health.
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.