Over 2000 families in Rakai district have seen an amazing rise in their daily earnings following the sustainable coffee farming training Programmes introduced by Celebrate Hope Ministries – Uganda.
On Friday, the Church received visitors from Agricultural Business Initiative Trust (aBi Trust) and National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) who where impressed by their efforts to serve and position farmers well in the liberalized coffee value chain in Uganda.
“They were here to witness what the Lord has done to transform the lives of the many coffee farmers and families – A lot of activity took place among which there were field visits, our factory tour and an interaction with the coffee farmers,” the Church said in a statement.
Celebrate Hope Ministries (CHM) on 13th July 2017 commissioned a coffee factory, and since then they have bulked over 50 tons of coffee for the families in this district.
Our Coffee is continuously ranked best Robusta in Uganda, the Church says, also revealing that their efforts have helped widows and orphans survive.
“The problems left behind when the AIDS scourge struck Rakai district was orphans – They are left at the mercy of relatives, friends and aging grandparents, who in most cases can not provide for all their needs. There are many cases we have in our records at CHM and through our Resettlement program,”
In August last year, their achievements were narrated by Mr Fred Sekyewa, the lead Pastor of CHM, and aired during the Global Renewal Summit at Gaba Community Church.
“Coffee is a commodity that will always have market but if it is not harvested, handled, packaged well, then we might loose the business. Because of that, as a ministry, we decided to be facilitators in this business. that is why we purchased a full machine, to help farmers when they bring their coffee,” he said.
On top of seeing Children in the locality get sponsors from abroad, the Ministry empowers coffee farmers with loans to help them boost their coffee farms for better performance and increased production.
This was through the Sanje Rakai Celebrate Hope SACCO. This development has boosted education through enabling many acquire loans that can send children to school without excusing themselves on financial grounds.
Pastor Fred Sekyewa narrates more;
by Paul Dennis W.