GIVING CODE: ACM1608
THE NEED: $150,000.00
About the project
Of the very poorest people living in our world — those scraping by on less than $1.90 a day — 70 percent live in rural communities and depend on what they can grow just to survive. By helping smallholder farmers increase their yields, you are helping families put food on the table and provide for their children with dignity.
As a member of Foods Resource Bank (FRB), Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is part of a unique partnership that provides a way for individuals, churches, and communities in the U.S. to respond to world hunger in practical, tangible ways. You can engage in lasting, sustainable solutions through a Growing Project.
A Growing Project brings together congregations, community groups, farmers, and agribusinesses. Together, you can donate or rent the use of land, purchase or secure donations for inputs (seeds, sprays, and fertilizers), or volunteer your services to produce a crop or other marketable commodities such as apples, beef, dairy, or olives — the possibilities are endless!
At harvest time, a crop is sold locally, and the proceeds go to support one of NCM’s church-based, locally led agriculture programs that address hunger and food insecurity at a community level. The goal of these programs is to produce sustainable solutions so that when a program has ended, the community will continue to reap the benefits long into the future. With that in mind, programs often focus on training smallholder farmers in techniques that improve yields or provide for a more nutritious diet. Sometimes programs help participants obtain inputs, tools, or livestock and may also include related aspects, such as improved stoves for cooking, better access to clean water, or nutrition education.
Participating in a Growing Project is a great way for individuals and communities to use their time, talent, and resources to contribute toward lasting solutions to hunger.
Nazarenes around the U.S. have joined this effort and are doing some inspiring things. A youth group in Marysville, Washington, is growing sweet corn. A farmer in Montana is growing canola, wheat, and corn. A church in Circleville, Ohio, is getting donations for garden vegetables. A group in Bucyrus, Ohio, receives donations of grain at a local elevator and hosts a yearly hog roast. And a farmer in northwest Missouri contributes his skill and equipment to farm with donated seed, fertilizer, and land.
Current (2016) Nazarene programs funded through Growing Projects are located in Zambia and Armenia. In Zambia, farming families are increasing their yields through conservation agriculture training, and in Armenia families are starting sheep and chicken projects as a way to put food on the table and also earn income in an area of high unemployment.
Will you partner with farming families in impoverished areas to cultivate hope? To learn how you can be involved in a Growing Project, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the US:
Make checks payable to General Treasurer
and send them to:
Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116
In Canada: Make checks payable Church of the Nazarene Canada and send them to:
Church of the Nazarene Canada
3657 Ponytrail Drive
Mississauga, ON L4X 1W5
Be sure to put ACM1608 in the Memo area. Thanks for your donation.