Since 2003, our program partner IDEFOCS has worked relentlessly to rehabilitate and reintegrate former child soldiers and women associated with fighting forces. Their goal has been to restore peace and security in West Africa. They currently operate in Liberia where they offer trauma counselling, technical and vocational skills training, job opportunities and community development programs to former child and women soldiers.
Last Weeding Exercise
The farm project initiative began in 2014 and allows former child and women soldiers to adjust to a life that is not characterised by violence and illicit drug abuse, a path that many of the war victims have taken after the end of the Liberian civil war. Offering them an alternative gives them an honest opportunity to adapt to a normal life and depart from the negative spiral they are in. On April 27 2015, IDEFOCS completed the final weeding of the grass on the two acres large cassava farm. The field has been cleared and with that an important hurdle that has prevented the IDEA10 farm project from truly kicking off. The cassava crops were planted last month in June and the harvest exercise is expected to begin in September.
Richard Darwo in the Cassava Bush
IDEFOCS have hired a farm manager, Richard Darwo (a former child soldier) and two farm helpers from Little Bassa to help oversee the growth of the crops and develop new ideas for farming. Richard is also responsible for the construction of the mud house that will consist of three bedrooms to accommodate staff, the farm manager and the farm helpers during their stay on the farm.
Brocks in the Eddo bush and Mcyonadee Metoo Page in so much love with this plantain tree
Processing cassava requires a lot of labour and money. Therefore IDEFOCS are currently seeking a grant of 10,000 USD to construct a canopy, under which they intend to install a cassava mill machine that will be used to process the raw cassava tubers harvested from the farm. A mill machine would increase revenue by preventing the need to sell the cassava tubers raw which in turn would help the project make a larger impact on the community. The cassava mill machine can be used to produce other local food products as well such as gari, fufu and achekey. Local farmers would also be able to take advantage of the mill at a reasonable cost and thereby be beneficial to the entire community. Action10 is happy to hear of the development process on the farm and see great potential in this project. Support Action10 so that we can continue to support sustainable, locally embedded projects!