Barrington United Methodist Church’s Growing Partnerships
Through partnerships with farms and farmers in Ottawa Illinois, we support farm communities around the world as they work to grow their own food in a lasting way. BUMC partners with Trinity Lutheran Church, Ottawa IL in sponsoring growing projects. Farmers in the Ottawa, IL donate land for sponsorship in the program depending on the funds raised to cover the costs of growing their particular crop. The proceeds from selling of the crop are given directly to the project.
It’s planting time again!
Each spring we ask you to support our farmer partners in Ottawa at planting time so that in the fall the proceeds from the sale of the harvest can be used to support sustainable agriculture and rural development programs. This year, both of the Ottawa-Barrington Growing Project supported programs are UMCOR led!
Nicaragua Mateare Carazo We have supported the Nicaragua Mateare Carazo program for the last 2 years. The current phase of their work teaches conservation agriculture and community advocacy, helps plant fruit trees and patio gardens, coordinates churches to be active in programs that build food security and develops access to clean water. The program will reach 1,251 individuals in 220 households in 8 communities. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the lead partner with additional support from Church World Service and the United Church of Christ.
Democratic Republic of Congo – Katanga Kamina FRB’s Democratic Republic of Congo-Katanga Kamina program focuses on agriculture, nutrition, water and sanitation as complementary approaches in targeting the prevalence of disease and high levels of poverty in the rural community of Kamina. The aim of this program is to build local capacity and increase nutritious food production and income for ninety participants of 3 communities through health trainings and behavioral change messaging. This education will help reduce preventable diseases such as cholera, diarrhea and typhoid fever. The program also includes training on soil conservation using green manure cover crops, the production of staple crops as well as vegetables, moringa and beans, latrine building and well construction.
Please help again this year. Sponsoring one acre is $340; ¼ acre is $85 – whatever amount you are able to contribute will help. Please forward your donation payable to BUMC. We assure you that your donations have helped improve the lives of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Mateare region in Nicaragua. Read more at Foodsresourcebank.org.