The Donkey Project
To promote food security, one of the major outreaches to our sister diocese in Navrongo-Bolgatanga, Ghana is the Donkey Project. Initially money was raised to purchase 50 donkeys, harnesses and carts and special plows. Training has been provided to 50 families in the care of donkeys so that new farming practices can be used to raise soybeans. The soybeans are a good source of nutrition and growing soybeans helps improve the soil. Thanks to many local parish groups who have participated in our fair trade chocolate sale, we are raising more funds to further this project. These efforts have proven to be so successful that as of July, 2009 the diocesan Global Solidarity Partnership was able to present a check in the amount of $20,000 to Bishop Lucas Abadamloora of our partner diocese. The $20,000 was the first payment in a three to five year process to develope a self-sustaining donkey ranch at the Farmers Training Center south of Bolgatanga. By the time the Donkey Ranch is up and running on it's own many more than 50 families and greater communities will be benefitting from your efforts. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful ministry please contact Mr. Eric Schiedermayer, Executive Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechises, 608-821-3160 or email at Eric.Schiedemayer@straphael.org. And if you would like to make a financial contribution towards this wonderful project you can mail it to: Donkey Project,Diocese of Madison, PO Box 44983, Madison, WI 53719.
Here's information on the project from Catholic Relief Services
To see how the Schools get involved, Click here.