Live Connection Aid
History of Live Connection AID
Live Connection Aid: under this strand we assist, encourage and equip gifted leaders and workers in developing nations to fulfill their destiny in alleviating poverty, eradicating disease, improving educational standards and helping disadvantaged communities. This strand was established in 2012 to assist with agricultural training skills; enabling rural leaders to bring tangible hope to benefit the communities in which they live. We embrace the adage “Give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.”
Currently, Live Connection Aid’s two main projects are the establishment of an Agricultural Training Centre in Bor, South Sudan. Working in partnership with Foundations for Farming, self-sustainable subsistence farming principles are taught. Similarly we are looking to develop another Training Centre in Sonadi ,Zambia in conjunction with Live Connection Aid Zambia.
The project is outlined below:
Development Project in Sudan
The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has granted to Live Connection ownership of two plots of land in the vicinity of Bor, the capital of the Jonglei Province. Under the terms of the grant, the land must be used to provide services and facilities for the benefit of the South Sudanese people.
This land includes:
- Approximately 10 acres in the town of Bor, adjoining the airport, with direct access to the main road; and
- 60 acres approximately 16kms north of the town of Bor
The first stage of the development of this land is to establish an Agricultural Training Centre on the block adjoining the airport.
The state of South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 after 50 years of civil war. Whilst there is little infrastructure in a nation of approximately 8 million people, the River Nile provides a plentiful supply of water, and the land is some of the most fertile in Africa. After decades of civil war, however, agriculture is poorly developed and it is estimated that more than 90% of the population live on $1 per day or less.
Most of the development under way in South Sudan is centred on and around Juba, the current capital. There are currently discussions under way regarding the possibility of moving the capital north to Ramciel, located on the border of Jonglei (see map above) and occupying a more central location than Juba.
The capital of the province of Jonglei is Bor, which lies approximately 200 kilometres directly north of Juba. Bor is destined to become an important commercial centre in South Sudan in the coming years given its location on the banks of the River Nile and access to an all weather road, although road conditions can be challenging during the wet season.
Live Connection is one of the first international aid organisations to be granted land around Bor, which is testament to its heart and passion. Ownership of this land now provides a great opportunity to make a difference to the people of South Sudan.
The 10-acre plot of land is on the main road to Bor airport and is well positioned to showcase Live Connection’s new training centre.
Development is planned to take place in two stages:
- The creation of an Agricultural Training Centre in partnership with Foundations for Farming, a charitable organisation based in Zimbabwe which is dedicated to improving agricultural practices in Africa;
- In the second stage of development the construction of a medical clinic and training centre.
Stage 1 – Agricultural Training Centre
A key objective in the development of South Sudan is to develop sustainable farming practices by training local communities to farm their land using simple but effective techniques.
Decades of civil war have resulted in people lacking even basic farming skills. The response to this problem is not to provide expensive mechanical equipment and amalgamate land holdings to create large farms, but rather to teach the local people how to farm sustainably on a small plot in their own village.
This approach has already seen great success elsewhere. Foundations For Farming, an organization based in Zimbabwe, has achieved amazing results in that country and others in Africa. Foundations For Farming will be partnering with Live Connection to make this project a reality.
The project will train many hundreds of people how to farm and they, in turn, will return to their communities, passing on their knowledge leading to the creation of local farming enterprises. The trainees will not only benefit directly from the Foundations For Farming training, but will also undergo “train the trainer” programs which will equip them to pass their knowledge on to people in their local communities, thus creating a powerful cascading effect.
- Generator – there is no electricity in the region. A solar powered generator is under consideration;
- Land clearing – approximately 5 acres will initially have to be cleared, either using a tractor/digger or employing local manual labour.
- Fencing – the area will need to be fenced to prevent encroachment by local animals such as cattle and goats;
- Water infrastructure – a water bore will need to be drilled, plus the provision of a pump and other relevant infrastructure;
- Housing – accommodation (using local material) for staff and visitors;
- Building for the Training Centre – a central building where all the training work will be carried out.
- Manager – employment of an African manager to provide leadership, governance and reporting;
- Training plots – the establishment of a number of small training plots; and
- Storage shed – construction of a suitable shed for storage.
This centre will be a showcase for South Sudan, a place to train and send out leaders to rural communities throughout the nation. The actual teaching will be undertaken in conditions similar to those found throughout Sudan.
Current Status of Stage 1
v Land has been cleared and fenced
- Buildings for the Training Centre and a Storage Shed have been constructed
- Paul Deng has been engaged to manage the training Centre
- Training plots have been sown
- A borehole is being sunk
Stage 2 (still in planning stage)
- Establish a primary school for 70 pupils
- Establish and develop Agriculture Training Centre producing crops with a projected cash flow $A10K per year
- Investigate providing basic medical clinic
This is the first project of Live Connection Aid. It is planned to address projects in all countries where Live Connection is operational, as the need arises.