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.
Fish Sales have begun! - 10-21-2021
Bring on the WATER!!!
a.k.a “Water of Life Ministry”
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.
The kids are lining up to get clean water from the well we drilled for both the fish farm and to bless the community in Jesus’ name. We started a new ministry around the water distribution called Water of Life Ministry. We will be sending videos for local pastors to use for ministering to the people sharing the Gospel and praying for them for their needs and to be encouraged with God’s love. We’ll use the TV set up we are hoping to buy soon for this use. We are wanting to hang the large water tanks up for easier water distribution for the new ministry. Click each picture for enlargement!
A letter of gratitude from the Chief
I really want to appreciate you for everything you have been doing in this community. As a traditional rulers wife I’ve seen and heard alot in my life. I have seen ministries, NGOs, churches came with many promises but never fulfilled them. On behalf of everyone in this community as the woman leader, I want to appreciate you and your team for the provision of water to serve the community at large. This has become a source of huge relief to the inhabitants of this community. Previously, water scarcity was one of our major challenge. In due season,as we re approaching dry season (Summer),I am quite convinced that majority of the inhabitants of this community will come around to fetch water for their daily use. I have also gotten reports from different families how your ministry have been providing clothing and other daily essential materials for them. “Saying you have made us comfortable is an understatement.” I wish I have more suitable words to express my gratitude. On behalf of everyone in this community,as their leader, I appreciate you man of God. May the good Lord continue to bless you and your team in Jesus name. Amen.
(Torkwase) Chief Ladda Iorbee wife
Adeke, Mobile Barracks,Makurdi.
Benue State, Nigeria.
Interpretation: we have no choice of water around here except rain water but after raining season here this is the water we drink. Sometimes people get sick and some children die because their immune system is not strong like mine. But now we are thankful for the borehole. The Chief told us that when everything about the borehole is set, we are going to enjoy clean and drinkable water. Then we can use this bad water for washing clothes.
Greetings from the United States - Rev. Rick Fitzgerald