Cyclone Idai devastated the Africa Naturally farm and the homes and neighbourhoods of the people who work or train with Africa Naturally, FOM and Growing Hope
Immediately after the cyclone in mid March people were devastated and in shock not knowing where they would live or how they would provide food for their families.  Together we were able to bring hope when all around was chaos.  Agencies provided medical and water aid but no support to rebuild homes for so many that were made homeless. This is what everyone wanted – the basic need – to have a secure place to live.

With your prayers and generosity, we have been able to support  all those working and training with us, initially with food and extra funds, and in May to rebuild each of their homes, 23 in total.  This would not have been possible without your support. We are all very thankful.  We have also been able to support some of the churches we work with to rebuild plus have supported a request for funding to rebuild the primary school in Mezimbite. Sadly, though, we have not yet had an answer to this.

We hope the photos here show the initial devastation and the following rebuild to help bring life back to normality.  Sadly, the majority of families living in this area have not been so blessed.  With the rains later in the year, usually December – March,  there will be much sickness as they are homeless or with no secure roofing. Please continue to pray with us as food poverty, housing insecurity and unemployment continues for many.

We continue with our farming missions; equipping families and churches with Farming God’s Way, producing fruit and vegetable for families and orphans and equipping young and old in small agri enterprises.  As very few jobs are available, people need to be entrepreneurs!

 Please read Our Blog for detailed updates. If you would like to support our ongoing work to fight food poverty and child malnutrition, equipping with families and churches to improve soil nutrition, farming practices to increase family harvests and to grow vegetables,  please click here to find out how to donate

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 

Africa Naturally


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.

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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. More recently we have introduced, Farming God’s Way (FGW), a resource to teach improved and sustainable conservation agriculture methods, based on Biblical principles. We have introduced FGW for farm staff, neighbouring family farmers and are linking with a local church. We have introduced FGW for farm staff, neighbouring family farmers and are linking with a several local churches and a school, to equip them, and they in turn others, in their local communities.

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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.

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