This is an unusual sight in the modern world, but not in rural Africa
Ploughing in faith and hope
The young man you see in this photograph is Hezekia. And the skill of using an old fashioned plough drawn by four oxen is one that he learnt from as early as age five from his father and grandfather.
The land he’s ploughing belongs to the Church of St Paul – at Mahashini outstation in Zululand. Hezekia is ploughing in faith and in hope! It’s hard, backbreaking work, but Hezekia does it willingly so he can feed his family.
People here are extremely poor, and food is scarce (even more so in the current drought).
The answer is a community food garden. And a small one has already begun, with unemployed volunteers from the community each being given a small plot. But it’s a daily struggle in many ways.
Food’s essential to survival. But it’s more than that . . . being self-sufficient is essential to self-respect and self-worth.
If you’ll click here now, whatever amount you can send will help towards the tanks and irrigation piping. But there are also other needs like proper garden tools, compost, start up seeds, and more.
Your generosity and donation here will help to create a big leap forward in the future of the Mahashini community garden – and a big leap forward in helping to feed and restore dignity to this remote and forgotten community.
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