LOHADA to begin farm project, vocational school
It has long been a dream of LOHADA Director Happiness Wambura to open a vocational school for children aging-out of Camp Joshua Christian School. Now the dream is coming true.
Thanks to a generous donation of land southeast of Arusha, the Fort Jacob Farm Project will provide an alternative to traditional secondary education for students wanting "hands-on" education in farming, irrigation and livestock care. On six acres known as Mount Horeb, the farm is part of a multi-phase project that eventually will offer vocational instruction in carpentry, sewing, early childhood teaching and electrical training, as well as a traditional secondary school. Up to 200 students will live there, with space for classrooms, dormitories, a dining hall, library and housing for teachers.
For now, corn and beans are being planted there to help feed the children at Camp Moses and Camp Joshua. Other crops will include watermelons, green vegetables and tomatoes. A well will be drilled to irrigate crops. Temporary housing will be built for students helping to run the farm, to be replaced with permanent structures once the secondary and vocational schools are established.
"I want to thank you all who have stood with us for all these years," said Mama Wambura, "because this is a very big step towards growth. The organization is growing, and the children are growing too. Soon they are going to be adults and we will look back and praise the Lord. Once again, thank you so much."