Investment Opportunities 2017-2018

Hope in the Harvest Investment Opportunities for 2017-2018

Hope in the Harvest’s vision is “Christ-centered economic growth.” Our mission is “to cultivate Christ’s hope in underdeveloped and impoverished areas of the world through agricultural and personal transformation. Building on borrowed talent, we seek to impact attitudes and practices that will promote the economic and social well-being of individuals, from a conviction that a changed life results from a Christ-changed heart.” You can be a part of this life-changing and empowering mission too by partnering with us by investing in any number of the following opportunities here at the Agricultural Research Center (ARC).

To invest in HITH’s mission, you can visit our DONATE page.

Investment Opportunity Impact Cost/Item Quantity
1. Farming God’s Way (FGW) workshop- in the villages

 

FGW workshops are a pillar in our ministry with Hope in the Harvest. During these workshops, we provide farmers with training in sustainable agricultural practices (such as mulching, compost, no-till, etc) that can help them to increase their yields. More importantly, we also get to share the word of God as we discuss what the Bible says about agriculture, creation, sin, work, relationships, God’s purpose for mankind, and more. These workshops can truly be life changing in more ways than one and they are a great way to invest in the sowing of God’s kingdom here on Earth.

**The trainings usually last for about 3-4 days and our goal is to complete 10 during the next few months of dry season when the roads are easy to travel.

$500

10

2. Farming God’s Way (FGW) workshop- at the ARC FGW workshops are a pillar in our ministry with Hope in the Harvest. During these workshops, we provide farmers with training in sustainable agricultural practices (such as mulching, compost, no-till, etc) that can help them to increase their yields. More importantly, we also get to share the word of God as we discuss what the Bible says about agriculture, creation, sin, work, relationships, God’s purpose for mankind, and more. These workshops can truly be life changing in more ways than one and they are a great way to invest in the sowing of God’s kingdom here on Earth.

**The workshops usually last for 1-2 days and take place at the ARC Demonstration Farm. Members from community are invited to attend and usually our LICC agriculture staff and students are involved in helping to do the teaching.

$300

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3. Employee Salary

The ARC is primarily a research and demonstration farm, which means that we a) we invest a lot of our time in teaching and b) we are always trying out new things for the purpose of figuring out which will work well for farmers here in Liberia, some things work and some things don’t. Most farmers are subsistence farmers and are therefore not able to take on the risk of trying something new and having it fail. If it fails, the consequences for themselves and for their family are severe. However, we at the ARC can take on that risk of trying something new in order to identify techniques and strategies that will work well for the farmers. On our farm, we generate income but not nearly enough to keep up with salaries because our primary purposes are demonstration and research, which by nature result in less overall production. In order keep things running smoothly and doing maximum outreach, we have 26 staff here at the ARC. Each one of them is paid a monthly salary of about $100USD. By committing to pay for one of our staff’s monthly salaries, you are investing in the long-term overall success of this farm which is already impacting and will continue to impact hundreds and thousands of students and farmers all throughout Liberia. These long-term investments in staff are absolutely vital to the sustainability of this mission.

$100/ month

26

4. Missionary Support

 

Our missionaries play a vital role in the outreach effort in Liberia. They teach, preach, build connections, train-the-trainers, work on the farm, empower farmers, and most importantly invest in relationships with those around them so that God might be known and His name be glorified. In order to support our missionaries’ work in Liberia, Hope in the Harvest and they themselves are responsible for raising funds for food/housing, transportation, communication, health insurance, and even retirement. These costs add up to about $8,000 a month between the two missionary families. By investing in generous regular monthly support for our missionary families, you are investing in relationships and the sustainability and long-term success of the vision of this ministry. Investing in people is truly where you can make the most significant impact with your investment.

$50,

$75, $100, $150,

$200,

$300,

$400,

$500,

or any other amount  per month

50-200

5. Agriculture Textbooks for Library The LICC library has exactly TWO books in the agriculture section. TWO. Can you imagine 100 students trying to learn everything they need to know for a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with just two books?? Books may seem like an outdated form of learning, but in a country where internet is not the most reliable form of accessing information, books are essential. Specifically, we are looking to purchase tropical agriculture books because these have the most relevant information for the agricultural climate here. But we are also accepting donations of any agricultural books in general as these will also provide a great deal of information for our students. Knowledge is power! By investing in these books, you are empowering our students in the field of agriculture so that they can be a key part of the solution in bringing about food security for their country.

$50-100

10-20

6. Agricultural Research Projects

Each time we start a new venture here on the farm, it requires some up front capital to get us going. Some examples of upcoming projects we would like to start include starting a pig herd, beekeeping, plantain grove, improved cassava variety patch, and radio talk show program. Our latest research project was building a solar dryer which is enabling us to dry our produce a lot safer and quicker than the conventional methods. The students and visitors to the farm have been very encouraged by this project. These new projects will require initial investments from anywhere between $50 and $500. By investing in these projects, you are helping us to expand our farm so that we can show students and farmers who visit new opportunities for agricultural enterprises here in Liberia.

$50-500

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7. Vehicle Reliable transportation is essential in any ministry in Liberia, but especially an agricultural ministry as we are constantly visiting rural farm villages and transporting supplies to and from the farm on a daily basis. For the past 5 years, the ARC has relied on a 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser. However, we recently found out that the engine is completely shot and we will need to either replace the engine or get a new vehicle entirely (the rest of the vehicle needs some tender loving care in a lot of other areas too). With the dry season coming up and us getting ready to head out to more villages for FGW trainings, it is important that we have reliable transportation to get us there. By investing in this vehicle, you are giving our missionaries the access they need to be able to reach and train farmers with new technologies and with the gospel. A new engine would cost $10,000 and a new vehicle about $40,000. Are you able to support this need?

**This is a BIG ask, but we know that we serve an even BIGGER God.

$10,000-$40,000

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8. Shipping Costs Although we try to use only locally available materials on our demonstration farm, there are certain things that we simply cannot buy in Liberia or are much cheaper to buy in the US and then have shipped here. Ideally, we might try to send about 2 shipping containers per year. The cost for shipping one container, plus fees at the port, is about $300.

$300

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9. Agricultural Tools and Materials Most of the work on the farm is done by manual labor and so tools that our workers use every day, like the cutlass and hook, are constantly wearing down and needing to be replaced. Just like any other farm, we are also constantly in need of other materials that regularly need to be replaced like pots, sprayers, shovels, brooms, soap, fertilizers, fuel, pesticides, etc. We typically spend about $100 a month to replace items like this here on the farm. Would you consider paying for 1 month worth of supplies to help keep the farm running and serving as a teaching institution for nearby farmers and students?

$100/ month

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