Orphanage boys to get farming skills


05-November-2012

This will form part of after-school and weekend activities the boys will do on designated grounds at the orphanage.

The project is an initiative of the Compassion Foundation, a recently launched youth friendly organisation created by a group of young professionals.

Their vision is to instill compassionate actions among the youth and develop in them fundamental values to help them help themselves as they grow and prevent them from getting involved in negative activities.

The foundation is expected to carry out the project with the help of the Seychelles Agricultural Agency (SAA).

To show its support for the project, the chief executive of the SAA Marc Naiken recently handed over a cheque for R20,000 to the foundation’s project coordinator Michel Pierre in a short ceremony at the orphanage.

The money, to be used to set up a proper water storage system at the orphanage for the project, is a contribution the SAA received from a private business organisation, to support the educational agricultural project.

The gesture has been hailed by the Minister for Natural Resources and Industry Peter Sinon as a “formidable formula of public, private sector, non-governmental organisation and, stakeholder participation".

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Industry and the SAA have pledged to provide their continuous support and services in the training of the young boys and develop their interest in agricultural activities to ensure the success of the project.

The Foyer de Nazareth orphanage run by a group of Catholic nuns is home to some 20 boys aged between 6 and 17 years.

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