In 2014, the deadly Ebola virus spread like wildfire throughout Sierra Leone. When the epidemic ended in 2016, almost 4,000 people were killed.
When the virus hit Kadijah’s village, many children had lost their parents and family members. Kadijah and her husband tried to do everything they could for the community, including adopting six orphaned children.
Before the epidemic, Kadijah and her husband were already struggling to feed their three biological children. But when she heard about an innovative farming program that could help her family gain a sustainable income, offered through our local church partner, Kadijah immediately signed up.
As she enters the last year of the program, Kadijah shares with us how much she has learned. On their small plot of land, Kadijah’s family now grows nutritious, drought-resistant vegetables like cassava. She’s learned how to strategically plant their crops and make natural fertilizers. She’s even able to sell their extra crops at the local market to pay for school fees and medicine for her children.
Kadijah has also learned about how much God loves her. “I have learned that I am God’s child. I now know that it is my duty to care for my family, my neighbours, and God’s creation,” says Kadijah.
Trusting Christ in all things
Today, Kadijah tells us she is eager to learn as much as possible to keep providing for her family during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is hopeful for the future and wants all nine of her children to go to the best schools.
Because of our supporters, Kadijah and her family have overcome hunger and extreme poverty. They no longer have to rely on handouts or worry about where their next meal will come from. Kadijah has learned to put her trust in Christ, relying on him for strength while she feeds orphans and cares for God’s creation.