This last three years we have been helping St Paul School for the Deaf, with a financial and an educational course to create a micro farm that can accommodate 5 to 8 students to learn the management of a farm (agroecology, cereal culture and breeding).

In 2019, The Ivory Foundation has imagined a structure that can accommodate trained farming students and new students. The main goal is for well trained students to help new ones getting started and to become self-sufficient in a few years.

St Monica, Lesotho


This project has two objectives :

– Offer these young deaf and hearing-impaired people the opportunity to learn how to manage their farm, thanks to the presence at their side of a tutor, who is the former head of culture of the school.

– Allow new young people at St Paul’s school to take the place of their elders, and to follow this training in turn.

St Monica’s farm school was thus born at the end of 2019, on a land provided by the bishop of Leribe.

He agreed to give the young people land and premicises to allow them living here.

A room is also available for the head of culture.

St Monica is seen as a transition farm for young deaf and hearing-impaired  youth.

A local NGO was created: “Farming Our Future” to manage this farm, and help these young people to apprehend the management of their working tool.

The idea is also to help these young people after 2 years to settle in their own farm, so that the farm of St Monica can then welcome the new students trained in St Paul for them.

Un projet financé par The Ivory Foundation

  • Discover below the last posts from St Monica !

Harvests in St Monica farm

For more than a year now, young deaf and hard of hearing people supported by The Ivory Foundation have been running St Monica’s educational farm in Leribe, Lesotho. The farm is fortunate to be located close to a borehole, and … Read More

Movie on St Monica farm, Lesotho

After having supported the St Paul School for the Deaf for 3 years by financing a micro educational farm that can accommodate 5 to 8 students to learn farm management (agroecology, cereal cultivation, animal husbandry), The Ivory Foundation has imagined … Read More

The garden of Saint Monica, Lesotho

The 6 young deaf and hard of hearing people manage the Saint Monica Educational Farm in Leribe, Lesotho, funded by The Ivory Foundation in 2019. Within a year they have structured a wasteland into a fertile and productive plot of … Read More

Egg harvesting

The farm’s 20 native hens produce a good quantity of eggs, enough to provide a food supplement for the youngs. Associating small-scale animal husbandry with gardening is important for the economic balance of the St Monica educational farm in Leribe. … Read More

Animal care at St Monica

This year at the farm of St Monica, a damaged building has been rehabilitated in order to welcome the sheep in good conditions and to be able to store the fodder. Moreover, this building also aims to isolate the females … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 5 – The vegetable garden

Last episode of the mini-serie about the life in St Monica farm. The young people invest time and energy to develop their vegetable gardens, while at the same time involving the principles of agroecology and permaculture. In this film, young … Read More

Star-shaped crop boards

The young people of Saint Monica have had a new idea to create new crop boards! Putting their knowledge of mound creation into practice, they rethought the concept to make it a creative and original work. This initiative will be … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 4 – The Milpa

New step toward autonomy: with the help of the crop manager, young people put their knowledge of agroecology into practice. This film shows the setting up of a Milpa plot, with the principle of the 3 sisters: Corn, climbing beans … Read More

Sheep shearing

Lesotho is a large producer of wool. Thus, many shepherds live in the mountains with their animals for part of the year, as shearing sheep is a traditional activity in this mountainous country. It was therefore important to valorize it … Read More

Some news of plantations in St Monica

After a good preparation of the soils at the end of winter, and early sowings, the plantations grow well in St Monica, thanks to the work of the 5 young deaf and hard of hearing people and the head of … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 3 – Wool

5 students trained in agriculture have been placed on a new semi autonomous farm. 10 sheep and 2 goats were purchased by The Ivory Foundation to provide a significant resource for the St Monica farm. The sale of wool and … Read More

Plantations of fruit trees

The 5 deaf and hearing-impaired youngsters of Saint Monica planted fruit trees between the crop plots! Following the principle of agroforestry, the main function of these trees is to provide shade for the crops. One of the other functions they … Read More

Maintenance of corn

The youngs running the St Monica’s farm have maintained the cornfields today. Corn is an important crop in Southern Africa because it is used as semolina for daily food. We try to combine corn with cucurbits and beans, because corn … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 2 The Chickens

After the bread making, the small breeding, including the hens, is an important element in order to achieve food autonomy. This activity also allows them to make a profit by selling surplus eggs at the market. In this video, the … Read More

Games at St Monica

The young people from the working farm met at the St Paul’s School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Leribe more than 5 years ago. They worked for 2 years on the school’s educational farm before sharing the … Read More

Life on the farm in St Monica, Leribe, Lesotho – Episode 1 – The bread

St Monica is seen as a farm of transition to autonomy. The aim is for young people to be able to build a professional project together which will then enable them to blossom while overcoming their handicap. In this sense, … Read More

Milpa culture

Now that the corn has grown and the squash is growing, it’s time to plant beans to their feet ! The principle of milpa is the optimization of space, by the association of three plants, which provide mutual benefits to … Read More

Small livestock activity at St Monica, Lesotho

On Saint Monica’s farm, in order to diversify resources for young people, a small livestock farming activity has also been set up. Herewith, around twenty hens raised in open air and ten sheep were acquired thanks to the support of … Read More

The mandala, ready for new seedlings

The Mandala of St Monica, realized in November 2019, is empty!The fertile soil of its petals allowed the vegetables to grow quickly, and be harvested early February. Again, raised bed cultivation has shown its effectiveness, especially at the end of … Read More

New raised beds in St Monica

The farm of St Monica has a limited cultivable surface. They have to optimize space in the farm to obtain a sufficient crop yield and a mid-term objectif of financial autonomy. To achieved this, a long slope covered in grass … Read More

Cooking class in St Monica

The young people of St Monica’s farm find themselves for the first time independent, in charge of preparing their meals. The Ivory Foundation first covers their needs in basic products (oil, cornmeal, lentils and vegetables not available in the garden … Read More

Tomato boards

The garden of St Monica has been structured with the installation of several tomato boards. Linear structures made with branches support the tomato plant to prevent them from touching the ground and catching diseases.

Creation of St Monica’s Mandala

In order to start vegetable production on St Monica farm, in the middle of the dry season, we chose to start cultivation on a Mandala. It is a garden in the shape of a flower, the petals of which are … Read More

The great team

This is a great day for the 5 deaf and hearing-impaired young people trained at St Paul’s school, who after several weeks of work, can finally take over St Monica’s farm, with the support of The Ivory Foundation. Leepa Mosehle, … Read More