As part of your great support to the implementation of construction of a fish pond project in Benue State, Nigeria, the US Africa Outreach Foundation considered it necessary, as it is, in our culture, to make available this report, in order to keep you abreast on the progress of work done so far. This report is accompanied by pictorials and a video highlight for illustration.
The land was procured considerably with nearness to water. The soil type is impervious (more than 20% clay) to ensure minimum water lost through seepage. The water table as measured is between 30 – 50 cm from the bottom of the pond and the maximum distance is not more than 5 -6 meters. The topography is favorably to our advantage since it will control any flooding possibilities that would increase detritus effects and erosion potential and also introduce undesirable species into the pond. We were able to procure the pond equipment and other materials needed for $4,300.00. While the site used for the construction of the pond was secured at $3,500. We also got some more volunteers for free labor from amongst DOZA members. The labor was freely provided by a volunteer group of experts as we notified you in the past. What we are able to do is to provide them with free meals for the whole period they are going to be working. We still need roughly about $1,300. 00 to be able to complete this project which will include plastering, sealing, stocking with the preferred species and the initial feeding meals.
This project, after its completion and properly stabilizing, would be able to service up to 25% of members of the local community in the areas of Job opportunity, feeding of both children and poor people around the community. As we acknowledge your great gesture to establishing such a project in Benue State, which is the food basket of Nigeria to help reducing poverty rate, it may also please you to note that pioneer members involved in the handling of the project on your behalf, have indicated very strong interest in duplicating this idea to help complement your efforts. They include Prophet Idoko, Professor Jato, and Mr. Chukwudi who is a Business- man.
Fish farm in Nigeria has created jobs, will feed many and will support other Care-Projects that includes feeding hungry children and families, evangelistic outreach, discipleship in Nigeria and Mozambique!
Discipleship includes Bibles, pastor and missionary support and training.
Bring on the WATER!!!
Funds came in allowing us to drill a well for the fish farm in Nigeria. This will avoid the very expensive dependency on local water purchase and transport to the site. The clean water will also benefit the community which is located in an area with a population of about 950,000 people. We are only a few weeks away from the first harvest of fish and have lost less than 20 out of 5000 fish. We believe God is blessing the project and the community has expressed appreciation for how it seems we have come to give and serve rather than take and use the community. Several experts in this field of study from the local University have taken an interest and are contributing their time and advice. Two from the community recently received Christ and are now employed by the project. Many have volunteered countless hours, food and other supplies needed to make the project fruitful. The funds from the fish will fund outreach ministries for youth, children and families both locally and in other African countries as plans are already being made to duplicate this project in other areas.