Friday, March 01, 2013

School Year Opens with Excitement, New Ventures for Growth

Samyfa, Zambia — Last month, the Samfya Bible School kicked off its 2013 academic calendar with a one week full-time workers seminar. 110 past Samfya Bible School students arrived from the Central, Copperbelt, and Luapula Provinces as well as the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to participate in the seminar. The theme for this year's seminar was: "A Time for Missions." Following the seminar, regular classes began with 27 new students enrolled this year.

Additionally, farm development has begun. A drip irrigation system has been implemented, which allows for watering and growing vegetables all year round, even in the absence of labor currently provided by the students.

Plans are also in process to expand the layer unit. The school's goal is to double egg production from 200 per day to 400. To facilitate this increase in production, the school has embarked on implementing a new layer unit house for more space. They estimate this will increase profit by $8,000 annually.

Other plans are underway to begin piggery and goat production. Mark Brubacher, Bright Hope's Partnership Developer, is working with the students in training and demonstrating proper skills in crop and farm production.