GFI grants assistance pig job in Rwanda, neighborhood garden in North Carolina – News

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The Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative (GFI) has announced its first two grants for 2021, supporting a pig project of the Church of the Brethren in Rwanda and a community garden of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Southport, N.C.

Rwanda

A grant of $3,500 will purchase feed for a pig project of the Church of the Brethren in Rwanda, where pandemic-related border closings with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have doubled the cost of feed. Previous grants to this project, made 2019 and 2020, total $30,000. This year this “passing the gift” phase of the job begins, in which animals from a central farm established in this project’s first year will be given to Twa families. The Twa people are a major outreach focus of this Brethren in Rwanda. The plan is to distribute 180 pigs to 90 families over the next three years.

North Carolina

The St. Peter Lutheran Church Community Garden has received $1,000 from the GFI, which is one of four funding partners including the congregation. Total budget for the establishment of this “Giving Garden” is $8,500. The garden is designed to be a connection for the senior citizens along with youth of the neighborhood while promoting fresh vegetables. “Youth and seniors will together experience the wholesomeness of gardening along with the fellowship and satisfaction of physical work,” said this grant announcement. “Volunteers from the church and community will support the effort, and the church has reached out to high school service groups and county juvenile services to find youth to participate.”

Find out more about this GFI along with how to give financial support at www.brethren.org/gfi.

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