The Tikondane Garden is a pilot program designed to offer young men a chance to learn a life skill, earn a wage, and help win the ongoing battle with hunger. Tikondane means “love one another,” in Nyanja, the local language. It is a name taken from John 13:34, which says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” This ministry has currently employed 10 young men who are serving approximately 100 households in Ngombe. They have a new team leader as well.
The goal of the Tikondane Garden Project is to employ youth to assist local families in establishing backyard gardens. This helps create food security and availability at the household level. Learning to plant and tend a backyard garden is a skill that not only feeds hungry mouths in a few short weeks, but also impacts the future of the community by providing a means of growing food locally.
The Tikondane gardens include tomatoes, cabbages, and root vegetables that grow well, are easy to plant and tend, require little land, and produce a bountiful harvest—enough to feed a family and perhaps provide additional income.