St Paul’s School was established in 1981 in Leribe, a small town located in the northern part of lesotho, about 92 km from the capital Maseru. , It It was the first school for children and young people with hearing loss in the country.
St Paul works as a boarding school and is currently in charge of 200 children, to whom is offers the chance to come out of their isolation by learning sign language and receiving quality education and living environment. At the end of their schooling, the children return to their village of origin and continue to be followed by the school for a professional insertion.

Since 2015, The Ivory Foundation has supported St Paul by setting up a pilot farm on the grounds of this school. The goal is twofold:

-To meet the needs of the school canteen by self-production of vegetables, eggs, milk, and pork.

-By training the children of the school, and especially the older ones, to a know-how that will be useful when they return to their respective villages. The farm may be duplicated and young people who wish, can benefit from help to settle back in their villages.

In 2018, the principle of a micro farm is developed to offer older children the opportunity to settle with a self-made building, a herd, and tools and seeds to start their business in their village of origin.

 

 

The ewes arrived
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The ewes arrived in Leribe, Lesotho. They are part of the micro-farm project imagined by The Ivory Foundation to help the deaf children of St Paul’s School, trained for two years in agriculture and livestock farming, to settle their own … Read More

The cantine of Leribe
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The garden of the school for deaf and hard of hearing children from St Paul to Leribe provides the canteen with fresh vegetables, which serve as an essential complement to the preparation of meals.  

Pedagogical dominoes in Lesotho
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An educational domino game was designed by Designing Hope in order to introduce the diversity of vegetables to children from an early age. Designed by an artist from Koudougou in Burkina Faso, this game, painted on metal, conquered the deaf … Read More

Saint Paul’s garden
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The henhouse of free range native hens is booming! The laying hens have been isolated and there have been several births. Therefore the number of hens is about 80 hens. The vegetable garden is covered with cabbage and spinach, adapted … Read More

Alternating plots for animals and crops
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A sas was built, with 2 doors, to control the exit of animals and direct them to one or the other 2 plots being intended alternately. This will make it possible to cultivate on a parcel benefiting from the manure … Read More

Construction of a mobile henhouse in Lesotho
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Imagined for the Grand Potager de Fontenille in the South of France, here is a second application of this mobile hen house concept, in Lesotho this time, in St Paul school for the deaf in Leribe. The realization of this … Read More

Water recovery from the micro-farm of Leribe
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Gutters and a water tank were installed to collect the rainwater from the roof of the micro-farm. the tank was placed on the side of the greenhouse, and next to the future market gardening space, to recover water for watering.

micro-farm partitions
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The micro-farm of Leribe is divided into 3 spaces: the vertical greenhouse, a shelter for chickens and rabbits, and a shelter for goats. The interior partitions, sheltered from the rain, were made of hardboard (masonite), a very common material in … Read More

The vertical greenhouse of Leribe micro-farm
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On the most sun-exposed facade of the Leribe micro-farm, a vertical greenhouse has been set up. In a space of 50cm deep, a plastic covered space has been set up, with two large doors allowing easy access to the full … Read More

Installation of rabit shelters
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The Leribe micro-farm will accommodate in the same shelter rabbits, hens, and goats. The rabbits will be placed  in height, in the same space as the hens that will be on the ground. Five rabbits will be set up and … Read More

Teamwork with the students of St Paul school
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The micro-farm of Leribe was built with the oldest studentstaht are  already involved in the agricultural project of the St Paul School. The goal is to build with them a model that can be easily duplicated by them, teaching them … Read More

The micro farm of Leribe – Creation of the building
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The Leribe micro farm is a construction set up by The Ivory Foundation at St Paul School for the Deaf in Leribe, Lesotho. The concept consist in designing on a small land, a small farm that students at the end … Read More

Keyhole from Lesotho
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An example of a family Keyhole in Lesotho. In this mountainous country, stones are the basic material for all buildings. The keyhole, this small elevated vegetable garden, with central composter, does not escape the rule.

The response of Saint Paul School to Bercy
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La Traversine and St Paul School, two educational gardens, one in France the other in Lesotho. The two educational gardens do not have the same role, the first makes it possible to sensitize the youth to the ecological problems and … Read More

The Lesotho “suitcase”
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The children of St Paul’s School for Deaf were gathered for a surprise straight from France: a large envelope containing photos and letters from the children of Bercy school (Paris). Thanks to the sign language translation made by their teacher, … Read More

The suitcase for Saint Paul School
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La Traversine and St Paul School, two educational gardens, one in France the other in Lesotho. The two educational gardens do not have the same role, the first makes it possible to sensitize the youth to the ecological problems and … Read More