This year mission teams arrived at Point of Grace with a focus on projects that will help to produce crops and animals that will feed the children as well as using excess amounts to raise money for the school.
Thanks to the members of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Avon, Indiana for sending money to build “greenhouses”, the ground and initial construction had begun prior to the teams arrival so that their time could be spent preparing the ground for plants and then planting. There are a total of 3 greenhouses. The dirt had to be cleaned and mixed with manure to make suitable soil where they then planted tomatoes and kale seeds.
The Agriculture class at Point of Grace will be helping and learning through the year on this project under the guidance of teachers and our farm manager.
The vegetable garden now consists of the irrigated gardens that were put in during 2016 and early 2017 raising skumawiki and other vegetables as well.
Rachel, a 1st Grader from St. Louis, raised $129 from her lemonade stand sales! When asked what she learned as a result of doing this service project, Rachel wrote: "I learned that some kids in Kenya don’t have enough food to eat in the dry season."
The water tower will hold clean drinking water for the students, staff, and even the community surrounding Point Of Grace Academy. Down the terraced hill the buried pipes feed about 16 irrigation risers that nourish vegetables to feed the children.