Sustainability: Kota Ganate
Kota Ganate represents The Forsaken Children’s (TFC) commitment to sustainability. Through the Kota Ganate Agriculture Project TFC aims to:
- Support the street child restoration ministry in Lideta (Addis Ababa), Ethiopia via sustainable income generation
- Reduce child trafficking in southern Ethiopia via improved agricultural production and economic growth
Kota Ganate means “Hidden Garden” in the tribal language of the area, Gomonia.
Kota Ganate Today
Kota Ganate (KG) began as approximately 25 acres of unused, grassy fields. This unused land now contains an apple orchard and nursery, facilities and fields for poultry production, and fields for production of vegetables. The farm produces apples, apple seedlings and rootstocks, chickens, and vegetables such as carrots, beets, cabbage, and garlic – all of which are sold at local markets. The Kota Ganate staff consists of 16 men and women from the local community.
The Kota Ganate Hatchery – Why it’s Important
Currently at Kota Ganate we are focusing largely on hatchery production of chickens. This is much more difficult and costly to begin than meat or egg production, but it accomplishes more for rural farmers. By breeding and hatching quality, productive chicks and making them available to local farmers we allow them to produce a very valuable product and to tap into a market which has been largely closed to them in the past (poultry products are in high demand throughout Ethiopia). While the farmers receive benefits, TFC’s street child restoration ministry also benefits with income from the sale of chicks.
One of The Forsaken Children’s objectives is to help organizations in direct contact with children living on the streets in Ethiopia become self-sustaining. Sustainability is a two-part process. It requires generating additional resources to combat ever-growing problems, and it also requires reducing the resources needed by preventing the problems sending children to the streets in the first place.
One of those problems is child trafficking. Click here to read more about how TFC and Kota Ganate are attempting to combat the problem of child trafficking.