A group of farmers got together on a bright, sunny afternoon to finish a labour of love that started this spring.
After watching the project that was developed in the Beaubier-Radcliffe area for years some area farmers decided that they, too, would like to do something for the less fortunate people of this world so this spring, with the help of the Beaubier Pentecostal Pastor, they made that wish a reality.
A group of Radville farmers joined together this spring and seeded 80 acres of durum for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The crop grew well over the summer and in September, they were able to join together and, using three combines and three semi-trucks they were able to harvest the 45 bushel/acre crop.
Once the crop was harvested, the grain was taken to the Pioneer elevator at Weyburn and the monies from the grain was deposited into an account held by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and was ear marked to help those in the Congo. From here an agency called ERDO (Emergency Relief and Development Overseas) took over.
ERDO serves as the humanitarian agency for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. It responds to the needs of many different poverty stricken areas in three different ways - Food Aid, ChildCARE Plus and shipments of relief supplies. At any one time ERDO is involved in over 35 different countries around the world. They also have CIDA (Canadian Government) funding, which matches any contribution they make 4:1 up to $25 million a year, so for every dollar raised, they are able to contribute $5 to help whichever project they are working on.
In the case of the grain raised by the Radville farmers, the money from the sale of the durum is taken over to the Congo, and food staples are purchased and will be used to help feed 3,000 families in five villages outside the city of Bukavu. This method actually helps double-fold. Not only are they able to provide much needed food to the hungry, but by buying the food staples from that country, they also provide some economic input to the farmers of that region.
The farmers involved in this project were pleased with the outcome of their work and definitely plan on making it a yearly endeavour. It truly is a labour of love!