Agricultural Apprentice Centre
and Experimental Farm
The majority of HPI activities falls into either:
(1) agricultural related economy growing activities or,
(2) quality education, leadership training and character development activities.
At the Agricultural Apprentice Centre and Experimental Farm (AAC) these are interrelated. The HPI AAC is located in the Obbo region of South Sudan and is about 100 miles south east of the capital city of Juba. 250 acres of land adjacent to the River Ayii has been granted by the village elders to HPI to develop the Agricultural Apprenticeship Centre and Experimental Farm.
There Can Be A Better Tomorrow!
There are no classrooms with tables and chairs; it is simply acres of learning opportunities being nurtured with a lot of hard labour. The local village farmers have warmly embraced the idea that an international charity has chosen their village to be it’s headquarters in South Sudan. Hope and enthusiasm has replaced gloom and despair.
Forty acres has been cleared of grass and brush, the soil has been turned, crops are being grown and hungry families are being fed. It’s a small and modest beginning, but the local farmers rejoice.
The people of the Obbo region desire change. They wish to modernize their primitive farming methods and are seeking assistance from groups like HPI to assist them in finding solutions to make the transition.
The AAC is largely focused upon developing improved cropping methods and upon introducing additional food group varieties. Plants exhibiting the strongest characteristics will be cultivated for seed stock production to be provided firstly to the farmers of the Obbo region, and then to other interested neighbouring groups. The primary focus of the AAC will be to teach technical skills—agricultural for most part—but be diverse enough to include a wide variety of learning opportunities.
Initially, most of the programs offered had been tailored to meet the immediate needs and life experiences of the local people. Recognizing the current lack of necessary resources and expertise required to meet many of the teaching needs at the AAC, Humanity’s Promise has sought help from the international educational community.
Humanity’s Promise Int’l felt that it was imperative to establish an alliance with an organization that could partner with HPI to provide valuable learning experiences within the farming community. HPI has done that with a fellow Canadian charitable group Thrive for Good. While HPI has focused it’s agricultural activities toward Agricultural Based Economy Growing Activities (ABEGA), Thrive for Good has focused upon a series of complimentary activities dedicated toward ending hidden hunger and disease. This they do by teaching the benefits of growing nutritious, organic disease fighting foods. HPI is hosting a series of Hands on Learning opportunities in conjunction with Thrive for Good at the Agricultural Apprentice Centre.
Work With Thrive For Good
HPI also partners with Thrive For Good.
Thrive’s roots are in Kenya. For over a decade, Thrive for Good has been working hand-in-hand with local communities to end hidden hunger and poverty.
Thrive’s staffing model reflects their commitment to building the capacity of local leaders, systems, and communities. Over 90% of their team is East African, and most of their staff — including educators — are recruited directly from the communities they serve.