A 900 acre parcel of land with access to the Ayii River has been approved by the Obbo farmers for HPI to establish an Experimental Farm and Technical Vocational Centre. It will be the hub of HPI’s efforts to create a robust agricultural based economy within the Obbo region and ultimately will be extended to other areas of South Sudan. The primary activities of the Experimental Farm will be to introduce and develop improved cropping methods plus experimentation and introduction of additional food types. A key component of the farm will be the Plant Propagation and Distribution Centre where plant varieties are expanded, improved and made available — at first to the farmers of the Obbo region and then to other interested groups. As mentioned earlier in this website HPI will also grow and market crops to the retail market to offset operational costs thereby reducing our dependency on foreign fundraising.
The primary focus of the Technical Vocational Centre will be to teach technical skills — agricultural for the most part but diverse in nature to include a wide assortment of learning opportunities. Initially, most of the programs being offered will be taylored to the immediate needs and life experiences of the local people. Planned activities include construction methods, mechanics and sewing. The first group of instructors will be volunteers from western Canada working alongside a small group of South Sudanese born who wish to return to their village to assist in the training of their village people.
Invitations to volunteer are being accepted on this website.