Global Outreach

Something’s Fishy in our Child Sponsorship Programs

Posted by Kollin Petrie on Sep 15, 2015 3:01:00 PM

Fish is an expensive product in Uganda. Very rarely do the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi or their students and children in their care enjoy a high protein meal with any kind of meat. Sister Immaculate wants to help solve this problem.

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Sr. Immaculate surveys some land in Nkokonjeru owned by the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.

Sr. Immaculate Kyomukama is the Principal of St. Anthony Nursery Teacher Training College in Nkokonjeru. Besides the demands that position places on her, Sr. Immaculate has a dream that one day the little children from St. Anthony Nursery School and the older, retired sisters will be able to enjoy regular healthy meals of nutrient-rich fish. She has plans to build a small-scale fish farm on a plot of land owned by the Little Sisters. It is something she has been researching for quite some time.

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                                                             Sr. Immaculate reads a book about the science of fish farming.

The fish farm that Sr. Immaculate envisions would be a self-sustaining source of income for the Sisters, because they could also sell many of their fish to the wider community for a good profit. In return, they would be better able to provide for the countless children they serve. Many children in need whom the Sisters open their hearts to benefit through CARITAS child sponsorship programs. 

A few months ago construction began on the first two ponds for the project. A backhoe was brought in to begin digging at a site near the bottom of a hill that is fed by water from a spring. Work had progressed to the point where two distinct ponds had begun to take shape.

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Sr. Immaculate heads down to the dig site of the ponds.

Then, disaster struck: It seems that the company operating the machinery had been dumping the pile of excavated soil much too close to the edge of the pond. Eventually the weight of that pile caused the very bank of the pond to collapse. The project had to be put on hold, and it seemed that much hard work and several expenses had been for naught. 

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Sr. Immaculate stands in front of the collapsed portion of the ponds.

Yet, Sr. Immaculate has not given up hope. She is confident that the excavation work can be salvaged by creating one large starter pond. She says that the genius of fish farming compared to other types of local agriculture is that it is very scalable. Once the fish are ready for market they can be sold at a relatively high profit margin, which would allow the Sisters to reinvest and grow the farm by building more ponds. 

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Sr. Immaculate describes her vision.

If Sr. Immaculate can find the funds to finish building this first pond, the next step would be to introduce the first group of fish. From that point, it would take approximately 6 months for the project to become self-sustaining. All in all, she is looking for an investment of around $6,000. Will you help Sr. Immaculate make her dream into reality, so that she can provide fish for the children? Click below to donate to Special Projects Africa.

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“For nothing shall be impossible for God.” (Luke 1:37)

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