HelpMercy International provides agriculture training and nutrition education.
Agriculture start-up: HelpMercy provides seeds for protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates as well as vitamins. We do this with a supply of peanut, sunflower, maize, and vegetable seeds for 2 consecutive years.
Agriculture Training: Daphious provides training for families in how to plant, grow and irrigate crops in Zambia. Daphious grew up in the Macha area and knows the land and its unique farming methods well. He provides seminars for all recipients and then has a designated person at each healthpost who provides daily assistance in the process of producing good crops.
Sustainability: Daphious teaches each family how to save seeds from the previous years crops in order to develop a sustainable and nutritious supply of food. He also teaches how to deal with drought and other challenges to an agrarian society.
Giving Back: Patients who receive seeds through the nutrition and agriculture program are required to pay back one 50 kg bag of peanuts to the hospital (about 5% of their crop). These peanuts are used in the HelpMercy International peanut butter making machine to provide high protein food to malnourished children. In this way, families that receive aid are able to give back to their own community.
Feeding Starving Children: Peanut butter made at the hospital from the peanut crop is then used to feed malnourished children in the children's ward. In this way, our recipients are giving back to the community in which they live, not only developing a sustainable source of food for their family, but also developing generosity in the community.
Goat Projects and Beyond: We also teach animal husbandry and have started goat herds at each of the rural health posts. Daphious has developed an ingenious system of shared ownership and personal responsibility that makes these herds both growing and providing for multiple families. We also are developing a sunflower press to hep families press sunflower seeds into cooking oil. Excess chaff from the sunflower press in turn can be sold for animal feed providing another sustainable source of income for the program.