The hired communal garden helping women and girls discover their potentials when covic19 takes food off their plates

Tendo
Posted February 11, 2021

Hey sisters, greetings from the Eastern part of Uganda. Am so thankful to God for enabling us to hire a communal garden for widows in my community. Through your support and contributions we managed to hire 2 acres of land for 2 years. Without mentioning names here my vote of thanks is extended to my world pulse sisters that have contributed towards the widow's garden. Your encouragements, moral and financial support are highly regarded and received with thanks giving.

For those who don't know, I have a ministry helping teen moms and widows. In my community when you loose your husband the husband's family takes up whole the property living you with your children. Most widows survive on farming in people's gardens and they are paid with food which is commonly cassava, sweet potatoes and green bananas. 

Covic19  has swept off even this small provisions they could get after farming in people's gardens because those who used to hire these women and girls for food stopped when schools and some work places were closed and can now do the farming themselves, those families also depend on their gardens for survival because many lost their jobs during the lock down mostly those who worked in schools, church projects, restaurants, markets and public place.all those were shut down by the government to limit the spread of the virus.

 Hope On The Rock ministries came in with the widow's communal garden idea. The idea was financed and we hired agarden for these precious souls.the garden has brought so much hope for the hopeless vulnerable women and girls to have food. We are not just farming but getting to know each other, training children to help others, sharing, training children to farm and work in unity and become a blessing to their communities and above all we expect food for these precious adorable families

Thank you world pulse sisters for encouraging me when I shared my communal garden idea on this platform, you didn't discourage me even when I was discouraged myself because I didn't have resources to even start up a small garden that we have now. Your encouraging comments and like drove me to this you're part of my community supporting crew. 

The widows and girls are many for this small garden and we pray for more gardens in at least every village in my community. Please keep us in prayers and stay blessed

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Dawn Arteaga
Feb 12
Feb 12

Wow Tendo!! What a beautiful update. Your project is incredible - the photo says it all. I can see the purpose and determination in the women’s faces and am so inspired by your drive to make this happen. You are unstoppable! Celebrating you.

Tendo
Feb 13
Feb 13

Thank you sister, love you

Hello, Tendo,

I'm so happy to read your post and to see the women in action through your photo! Wow, I can't believe you finally have your dream community garden! This is such great news! You're a changemaker, a trailblazer, a community mobilizer! How inspiring this is! Thank you for making impossible things happen in the midst of the pandemic! Please update us regularly here.

Tendo
Feb 13
Feb 13

Yes my dream community garden is here sister Karen!!!! though too small for the 500 widows that I have in the community. But it's a sign of hope . Thank you so much for always encouraging me and yes I will keep you posted here

Nini Mappo
Feb 12
Feb 12

Congratulations on this milestone that speak of favour and divine provision. May God continue to expand your vision and cause that garden to thrive. I love the communal connection that the garden is, not just about food, but knowing each other and living together. God bless the work of your hands!

Tendo
Feb 13
Feb 13

Amen thank sister , you have seen beyond growing food. You have devine eyes

Susu Mohamed
Feb 12
Feb 12

Dear Tendo,
Baravo sister this work is really work keep up going.
In here somalia we wrote proposal on 300 women .will rehabilitate water chatments. For cash like this garden .

Regards,
Suu

Tendo
Feb 13
Feb 13

Thank you sister, praying for your project as well

Jensine Larsen
Feb 12
Feb 12

You are growing hope & solidarity, Tendo - thank you for seeing the green and possibility in the midst of very difficult times.

Sending love!

Tendo
Feb 13
Feb 13

Jensine thanks alot this is so encouraging

Joy Xi
Feb 12
Feb 12

What a beautiful update. Thank you for the amazing work - I’m so glad that these fellow sisters will have food to eat because of you!

Tendo
Feb 13
Feb 13

I give Glory to God sister Joy. Am glad you love my story

Marie Abanga
Feb 13
Feb 13

Dear Tendo,

Wow what a lovely initiative and update? You are doing so well and you know that garden even though small physically definitely is so big spiritually. Wishing the universe locates more angels for other gardens

Tendo
Feb 13
Feb 13

Amen sister I know God will send us angels. Thank you for encouraging me

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 13
Feb 13

Tendo,
This is amazing, what a celebration that there is land to grow food on. I love seeing these photos, and having farmed vegetables, can see the hard work being done here to prepare the soil. Women with land to grow food. Big congratulations on all you have been doing to make this possible.

Tendo
Feb 14
Feb 14

Thank you ma'am

BonnieP
Feb 14
Feb 14

Tendo, your community garden project is simply amazing. Such an opportunity for the teen moms and widows! They are able to grow food, learn from each other, and provide a little security for themselves and their children because of having access to a garden. This community garden proves that your hard work, passion, and devotion changes lives. Thank you for all you do and for sharing this story with us.

Tendo
Feb 14
Feb 14

Thanks Bonnie am encouraged

ikirimat
Feb 15
Feb 15

Thank you for being a voice that has brought hope for another lease of life for these women. In which particular district do you operate? Thank you for sharing.

Tendo
Feb 15
Feb 15

Jinja district in butagaya sub county ma'am

Sheroo
Feb 17
Feb 17

Hello Tendo!

Thank yo so much for sharing your story with World Pulse sister, it is very inspiring. Thank you for taking up space to support our fellow women, teen moms and widows to have sustainable livelihoods, yours is a story of hope. Sometimes society can be ruthless to these women for reasons only known to it but it takes people like you to bring hope into their lives. COVID 19 also worsened the situation as it closed most income channels and sources. We are very privileged to have world pulse sisters my dear, encouraging us all the way, we are family and we can never be alone! I pray that you keep on keeping on and have more gardens in the future and widen your impact.

Best Regards,

Sharon

Tendo
Feb 17
Feb 17

Amen thank you Sharon