Self-sufficiency, a program to reach autonomy
As soon as we opened our orphanage in Um-phang we tried to grow as much of our own food as possible.
General view of the vegetable garden of the orphanage.
In the beginning there was no farm land available and so our efforts were limited to keeping chickens and fish. But later when we moved to a larger property we were able to expand our production by growing cereals, vegetables and keeping pigs.
The orphanage pig farm.
Pastor Gum San, the house-father at our orphanage, has a university education in agriculture and this has been an enormous help in our attempts to becoming self-sufficient.
Children taking care of the garden.
We also encourage all of our H2O kids to become involved in the food production process so that they can learn skills which will support them later in life.