Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I, send me.” Isaiah 6:8
ORGANIC AND CONSERVATION FARMING
Africa Naturally is a small social enterprise founded by Janet Phythian. The journey began when Janet moved to Mozambique in 1997, one of the poorest countries in the world, to establish a farming social enterprise growing and producing Tea Tree Oil. This has provided opportunities for people in this area of high unemployment, low literacy, child malnutrition and extreme poverty. For the majority in Mozambique, it is still just a dream to have sustainable paid work. Creating sustainable jobs, training for skills and protecting the environment is our aim, Growing Hope.
The mission to create opportunities and grow hope for Mozambicans has led us to linking with people and groups in the wider local community; for agricultural training, craft production and developing micro businesses for families and communities, such as soap making. In 2015 we have introduced, Farming God’s Way (FGW), a resource to teach improved and sustainable conservation agriculture methods, based on Biblical principles. This has been introduced to the team on the farm, neighbouring family farmers and local rural churches. We support them to then equip others in their church families and in their local communities.
FARMING FOR ORPHANS IN MOZAMBIQUE – FOM
In 2008 Janet and Gabrielle met Tanneken Fros, missionary with Mountain of Praise (MOP) Church and the attached orphan care. Our hearts softened for these children and their carers. Initially, land was donated for rice growing and later FOM was started. FOM helps to fight food poverty and improve nutrition, producing vegetables, fruit and rice for the children with support of prayer and donations from Friends in the UK. MOP church members are employed and trained for 12 months in Farming God’s Way, and the food produced is harvested for the children and carers.