Date: November - December 2016
Project type: System filtration and efficiency upgrade
Partners: Hear The Cry and Bethany Village
Project Cost: $4000
Size and capacity
45’ x 30’: Steel structure footprint
8000 gallons: Recirculating water (30,000+ liter)
4/3500 liter: Plastic fish tanks
6000 liters: Deep water filtration
2400 fish: Black Tilapia (fingerling to 1+lb within 4-6 months) or 4000-6000 fry/fingerlings to sell and/or resupply within 2-3 months
U.S.Dept.of State: Tier 2
Victimization: Labor and Sexual Trafficking/Exploitation, Child soldiers kidnapping/recruitment
Uganda is a special place, with beautiful villages along the shores of Lake Victoria. Unfortunately, these villages depend on fishing in commercially overfished and polluted waters. Their crops rely on rain that doesn’t always come. People have little to no access to electricity and no control over the food sources that are vital to their communities. Amidst all of Uganda’s beauty, there is a constant desperation for food and hope. The country is home to 2.5 million orphans.
Bethany Village, started in 2004, is a self-sustaining village for kids, providing care, education, and love for 160 children in family-style homes, as well as support for kids living on the streets. Bethany Village and their partners ensure that these children have a safe place to call home. The village clinic and school also offer education, vocational training, and food to surrounding rural communities. Deeply resonant with Bethany Village’s mission in Uganda, FFC was happy to offer support.
FFC Construction Team completed a system upgrade with new technology to improve the efficiency of the Uganda aquaponics farm initially built in December 2013. Aquaponics system upgrades included new high-efficiency aeration pumps, a high-efficiency water pump, backup components, a new solar inverter, and expansion of bio-filtration media beds, which accommodates for an additional 1200+ vegetable-producing plants. The farm manager in Uganda is doing amazing work operating the aquaponics system while also hand farming more than 300 acres alongside a small crew. The food from these farms all goes to the children, while any surplus is sold to continue investing in the farm and village. FFC looks forward to following the successes of this location and being partners in the work they do to protect children from harm.
FFC’s future plans are in motion for 2018, which will include the installation of solar power and a backup generator to supply 80-100% of the power needed to run this system. This addition is crucial for this particular location, as the cost per kilowatt in this district is very high and they can sometimes be without power for weeks at a time.