These 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.
This project has two objectives:
– To 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 school’s former head of culture.
– To 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 and to allow them to live there.
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 to help these young people to apprehend the management of their working tools.
The purpose is also to help these young people to settle in their own farm after 2 years, so that St Monica’s farm can later welcome the new students who were trained in St Paul and who will take the old students’ place.
Un projet financé par The Ivory Foundation