Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kongu Grain Aid begins

A few weeks ago we started the small grain distribution program in the village of Kongu. We started this one early since their granaries are already empty and they are relying more and more on tree leaves and whatever they can scrape together.

Kristi will be the one delivering the grain out here every other week, so I have attached below some of her comments and pictures. Thanks Kristi!

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Kongu is a community 10 km North of Niamey that has been affected by the famine. In a normal harvest year, each field will produce 80 bundles of millet - last year, the fields produced an average of 10-30 bundles of millet. The food these subsistence farmers yield will last until July or August in a normal year - still months before the next harvest; but this year already, their granaries are empty.

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After unloading the grain, we then headed into the chief's hut to count the money - myself and the three committee members - challenging my skills of counting money in Fulfulde! I then met with the recipients to ask them a few questions: How many families are sharing the grain? I gave up on trying to determine how many people were benefiting from each sack of grain - it was hard for the representatives to remember how many wives and children each head of the household had under his roof(s). This may be follow-up question when we interview each family later! I also brought out a sketched map of their village area (approximately 20 square kilometres - the huts are scattered over the terrain, each person living in their field) to determine and mark where each of the recipients are living.

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For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat . . . The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

1 comment :

Di said...

Chantelle.. So great to hear that the project is to the point of aiding those who truly need it. God is good - will continue to pray as the grain gets distributed those who receive will open their hearts to all that God has planned. Blessings on you and the team there.