This Harvest, support women struggling to feed their families
Harvest is a time to reflect on how fortunate we are to have such a wealth of food readily available to us, a situation which is far from reality for women like Tomey in Mali.
Tomey lives in one of the driest places on earth, the Dogon Plateau in Mali, where rain is scarce and droughts are becoming more frequent. Life there has never been easy, but with a changing climate, families face an ever more bitter battle for survival.
In the drawn-out dry seasons, the ground is cracked and bare, leaving mothers in doubt about how they’ll be able to stop their children from going hungry.
But there is hope
We are providing seeds, tools and training to help women in Tomey’s community to grow market gardens. Unlike traditional crops, these gardens are irrigated and do not rely on rain.
They give women a chance to grow plentiful food to last through the leaner seasons.
By selling surplus crops from the market garden, Tomey could save money for the first time in her life. So, when her grandson fell ill with malaria, she was able to buy the vital medicine he needed to recover.
This project is about more than seeds and tools; it’s about giving families the strength not just to survive, but to thrive. This work is life-saving and only possible with help of generous supporters like you and your church community.
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You can download or order inspiring resources here to learn more about Tomey and her community, to worship and to raise vital funds to support work like this across the world.
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Harvest prayer card
Find out more about Tomey’s community in Mali and the amazing work of our partners there.
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Harvest information sheet
Use this enlightening factsheet in church to learn about the Dogon people of central Mali and their daily struggle to feed their families.
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A selection of prayers for you to use this Harvest. Feel free to pick one that best suits your community’s needs.
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An all-age talk for use in churches at Harvest time featuring the story of Hama and Tomey in Mali.
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All-age talk presentation
A presentation to accompany the all-age talk for use in churches at Harvest time, featuring the story of Hama and Tomey in Mali.
Download all-age talk presentation | Download Welsh version