Update August 2021
In April 2021, Loyce Sikakula completed a 6-week training program with financial support from the Ten Brinke Foundation. She was taught sustainable agriculture, composting, vegetable and mushroom cultivation, beekeeping and forestry. The goal of the course was not only for Loyce to benefit from this knowledge on her farm, but also for her to pass on this knowledge as a trainer to the farmers in her village and the surrounding area, thus promoting village structures and earning opportunities in the countryside.
Immediately after completing the training, Loyce started to implement what she had learned. Compost heaps have been created, and the harvest yields have already increased considerably. A bee farm is being set up. The cultivation of mushrooms is also planned.
With the support of the Ten Brinke Foundation, Loyce and her husband Mike purchased a plot of land of about 2 hectares on which fresh vegetables are grown.
Loyce and her husband form a family together with their two children and 32 orphans. They grow fruit and vegetables in the countryside to provide for the family's livelihood. Some of the fruit and vegetables are also sold to generate income. Thanks to this income, the children have the opportunity to go to school.>Meanwhile a new building could be built next to the house, with additional sleeping space for the children.
In addition to caring for the orphans and the farm, Loyce has also built a kindergarten in the village, which is currently attended by about 50 children. This has created jobs for several caregivers.